Suzuki Swift review - Reliability and Safety
Three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is just above average, customers are pretty happy with Suzuki’s reliability and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard
Suzuki has a pretty strong reputation for build quality, and that side of its operation tends to score well in our annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.
The Suzuki Swift didn't feature in the 2019 Driver Power survey, but Suzuki itself achieved an impressive 8th place finish out of 30 manufacturers. No other brand scored better for running costs and fuel economy, while reliability was praised. Infotainment and ride quality weren't rated particularly highly, however.
The Swift was awarded two separate ratings by Euro NCAP. In standard guise it was given three stars out of five. While its 83 per cent adult occupant and 75 per cent child occupant scores are decent enough, it was let down by a 25 per cent safety assist score.
Euro NCAP gave the Swift four stars, however, when it was fitted with an optional safety pack that included autonomous emergency braking. In this guise, the Swift scored 88 per cent for adults, and 44 per cent for its safety assistance systems.
All Suzuki Swifts get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. That’s a typical duration for the industry in general, albeit with a slightly higher mileage limit (many brands still operate on a 12,000-miles-per-year basis). However, the Swift’s warranty can’t match the Kia Rio’s seven-year policy, or the five years of cover offered with the Hyundai i20 and Toyota Yaris.
Suzuki has a history of shorter service intervals than many of its rivals, and the Swift looks set to continue that pattern. Its service intervals are listed as every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres (just over 9,300 miles). That’s a slightly shorter distance than you’ll find with many other superminis - although given how most Swift customers use their cars, the annual interval is likely to kick in before the mileage does anyway.
We’ve yet to see any hard figures on how much the Swift will cost to service, but Suzuki has a history of being competitive on maintenance pricing - and of offering payment plans that allow owners to spread the cost over a 12-month period.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Suzuki Swift offers a decent drive and reasonable practicality, although rivals are more refined
- 2Engines, performance and driveHandling is deft, the turbo petrol is strong and the steering is nicely weighted, but the ride is unsettled and refinement is so-so
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Suzuki Swift should be cheap to run, thanks to strong fuel efficiency from both of its engines, but key rivals will hold their value better
- 4Interior, design and technologyBuild quality feels good, but the finish of even higher-spec cars is durable rather than plush
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceRear space is fine if you’re under 6ft tall; the boot is a decent size, but there’s a big lip to load items over, and the rear seats leave a big step in the floor when they’re folded down
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThree-year, 60,000-mile warranty is just above average, customers are pretty happy with Suzuki’s reliability and there’s plenty of safety kit as standard