Suzuki Swift

Small is best when it comes to city driving – and Suzuki’s Swift Sport is proving to be an ideal companion

  • Wheels. These 10-spoke alloy wheels look great. They really lift the appearance of the car and make it stand out from the supermini crowd.<BR><BR>Keyless entry. After living with the Swift for 10 months, I’m a convert. Whenever I drive a car without this feature, I find it irritating – it’s such a faff to fish around for keys instead of simply pushing a button on the handle to unlock the door.
  • Parcel shelf. I can’t believe the number of times I’ve put shopping in the boot, only to drive off, check my rear view mirror and see the shelf lifted up. It’s not attached to the tailgate, so you have to remember to push it back down.<BR><BR>Ride. Okay, it’s called the Sport, but even when you’re taking it easy, the Swift is harsh. Numerous passengers have complained about how firm and uncompromising the ride is.

Little, cute, compact – these are some of the words that we’ve used to describe the Suzuki Swift. And I have to agree. At times it’s as if I’ve got my own real-life Dinky toy. But its diminutive proportions can be a burden as well as a blessing!

A long journey in the Swift, for example, can really take its toll. Although the sports seats are fairly comfortable and supportive, the engine holds on to high revs at speed, and consequently the cabin is a noisy place to be.

The ride is also harsh. The stiff suspension and sharp handling certainly come into their own on a twisty B-road. Yet spend some time on a motorway – especially one that hasn’t been very well maintained – and you’ll feel every bump by the end of the journey.

When I’m driving the Suzuki in town, though, it’s very easy to live with. It’s great at nipping through small gaps or quickly pulling out at busy junctions. And who needs parking sensors with a car this small? There’s no need to reverse into supermarket parking bays, either – the Swift darts in nose-first, which leaves the rear facing outwards, ready to be loaded with shopping.

Which leads me to one thing I particularly love about the Swift: the keyless entry. It’s a great addition, although our car has developed a problem with the rear lock, as the boot button isn’t working at present. So, when I need it most – with my hands full – I have to put it all down and search for the fob! A trip to the dealer should sort this out under warranty, though. The boot itself is fairly small, but there is a handy hook for your shopping.

Of course the Sport is great to drive, and everyone at Auto Express who’s tried it has nothing but praise for its ability. Yet despite it being a ‘warm hatch’, and the fact the majority of the mileage has been covered in town, I’m pleased with overall economy of 30.9mpg. So you’ve got to ‘hand’ it to Suzuki – the Swift is a real winner!

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