Suzuki Swift: Final report

Supermini has really lived up to its name over 11 fun-filled months with us

  • It's easy to get carried away when it comes to driving dynamics, as most modern superminis go, stop and steer very well. But the Swift is very talented and great fun to drive. It bodes well for the Swift Sport hot hatch version, which is expected to hit showrooms next year.
  • Two negatives crop up when discussing the Swift: styling, which is subjective, and size, which isn’t. Given that the new car is bigger than the model it replaced, we expected more rear legroom and a larger boot. The Suzuki’s load area of 211 litres is 84 litres smaller than a Ford Fiesta’s.
Swift by name, swift by nature! The last 11 months have flown by, so it’s time to wave goodbye to our Suzuki one last time. 
Like any good sports team, our long-term line-up features cars with a mix of characters. Glamour boys like the Audi A1 mix with hard grafters such as the Skoda Superb Estate to cover all bases. In this context, the Japanese runaround would be the talented youngster with his head screwed on, sitting quietly in the corner of the dressing room, impressing everyone with minimum fuss.
Over the course of 11,799 miles, KS10 ZPG hasn’t undertaken any gigantic road trips or been thrown around a racing circuit – but it has lapped up the daily grind of commuting through London’s congested streets without complaint.
As part of my job, I spend a lot of time travelling to drive new cars and, no matter what I’ve been testing, I’m never disappointed to be greeted by the sight of our Suzuki in the long-stay airport car park on my return.
At first, I felt the styling was a letdown, as the Swift looks just like its predecessor, but I’ve grown to like its sharp lines. My colleagues have been hooked, too. For its second report, motoring writer Paul Bond took the Suzuki to meet a rallying relation and returned with praise for the high kit count of our SZ4, which comes with cruise control and iPod integration. Its grown- up qualities were highlighted again in its third update, when staff writer Jamie Fretwell waxed lyrical about its cruising abilities after a lengthy motorway drive.
Downsides are few and far between, so waving goodbye won’t be easy. However, I’ll still be able to get my Swift fix, as its place on the fleet is being taken by the new diesel version...

Extra Info

“I spend a lot of time travelling to drive new cars and, no matter what I’ve been testing, I’m never disappointed to be greeted by the sight of the Suzuki in the long-stay airport car park on my return.”
Jack Rix, deputy motoring editor

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power
Vauxhall Astra render
Vauxhall Astra

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power

The new Vauxhall Astra will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a more premium image - here’s how it could look
17 Jun 2021
Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services
Tesla Model 3 police car - front
News

Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services

Tesla hopes to offer UK police forces a new zero-emission emergency responder option with the Model 3 police car
17 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
Volkswagen Polo exhaust
News

Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
New Renault Arkana 2021 review
Renault Arkana - front
Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana 2021 review

Does an eye-catching coupe-SUV body give the new Renault Arkana the edge over other mid-size SUVs? We find out...
16 Jun 2021
New Vauxhall Astra prototype review
Vauxhall Astra prototype - front
Vauxhall Astra

New Vauxhall Astra prototype review

A new Vauxhall Astra is on the way and we've driven a prototype ahead of its official arrival
14 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021
New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling

The optional Touring package aims to bring a few creature comforts to the track-focused Porsche 911 GT3
15 Jun 2021
Dacia unveils new badge design
Dacia badge
Dacia

Dacia unveils new badge design

The new Dacia branding will feature on the company’s cars from 2022, with the Bigster being the first candidate
17 Jun 2021
'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'
Opinion Genesis Hyundai Ioniq
Opinion

'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'

Steve Fowler is impressed by Hyundai's electric cars, its N division and now its luxury Genesis brand
16 Jun 2021
New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power
SsangYong Korando EV
Electric cars

New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power

The new SsangYong Korando compact electric SUV will be on sale later in 2021, says the financially stricken South Korean manufacturer
15 Jun 2021
Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police
police speed gun
News

Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police

Lack of road traffic police officers in the UK is making it easy for drivers to break the law, according to a survey of 15,500 British motorists
16 Jun 2021