Suzuki Swift interior
The Suzuki Swift’s interior isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but all the controls are easy and intuitive to use and all but entry-level models come with a seven-inch touchscreen as standard
The new Suzuki Swift’s interior boasts a more pleasing, minimalist layout than the old car’s cabin, but it still can’t match the plusher, more interesting interiors you get in the likes of the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta.
All but entry-level SZ3 models feature a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system while the neat trio of heating and ventilation controls and a gloss black centre console look much more upmarket than the old model’s rather dated design.
Try not to get too excited, but you can choose between black and very dark grey upholstery. Thankfully, a selection of contrasting white trim pieces dotted about the interior make sure it doesn’t look too bland or businesslike inside. It’s a shame you can’t get pay extra to get any vibrant dashboard trims like the bright red inserts you’ll find in a Skoda Fabia, though.
The plastics you’ll find dotted about the Suzuki Swift’s cabin don’t feel as soft and yielding as those in some more expensive hatchbacks, but at least they’re robust enough to deal with the school run.
The steering wheel comes as standard with smart leather trim, though, and you get a neat digital display that fits snuggly between a pair of bright, easy-to-read dials. Top-spec cars feature a crisp 4.5-inch unit while cheaper versions have to make do with a plain monochrome item.
There's a quality feel to the new Swift's interior that was missing in the old model, but alternatives still feel posher inside
Entry-level Suzuki Swifts in SZ3 guise come with a very simple stereo featuring DAB digital radio, a Bluetooth connection and a CD player, but that’s all.
You’ll be better of upgrading to an SZ-T model or above because these come with a much-improved system with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display that’s angled slightly towards the driver. It’s fairly easy to use and comes with clear, colourful graphics on a high-contrast black background. Its glossy screen can sometimes be hard to read in bright sunlight, however.
It’d be easier to use if the system came with physical buttons instead of dedicated touchscreen icons, but at least the menus are fairly easy to navigate and respond reasonably quickly without any frustrating lag – unlike the rather sluggish system in a Honda Jazz.
Unfortunately, the built-in sat nav on range-topping models is a little clumsy to use but at least you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in all but entry-level cars so you can delegate these functions to your smartphone if you’d prefer.
These features also let you play music from streaming services such as Spotify through the Suzuki Swift’s stereo. Don’t go expecting concert-quality audio, however, because the Swift’s four-speaker stereo sounds a bit weedy. High-spec SZ5 models get a pair of extra tweeters, but there’s no option to upgrade to a big-name stereo unit such as the Bang & Olufsen unit in a Ford Fiesta.