Suzuki Swift review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Suzuki Swift delivers strong fuel efficiency, although insurance costs might prove to be a little high
There’s no denying that the Suzuki Swift’s lightweight construction helps it achieve some strong fuel economy figures. The 1.2-litre Dualjet offers CO2 emissions of just 106g/km and official fuel economy of up to 59.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.
Swift models fitted with the CVT auto transmission are slightly less efficient, with CO2 emissions rising to 115g/km and average fuel economy of 55.3mpg. Opting for the four-wheel-drive SZ5 means you'll see a return of 52.3mpg, while CO2 levels increase to 121g/km.
At the other end of the scale, the 127bhp Swift Sport delivers 50.4mpg and emits 125g/km of CO2 –decent numbers, considering the performance.
Ratings for the Suzuki Swift are surprisingly high, with all models sitting in groups 19-21. In comparison, the pricier VW Polo only goes up to Group 23 for the Polo GTI performance model, while the standard Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 ranges are all cheaper to cover.
The only explanation for these ratings must be the relatively small number of Suzuki dealers and repairers, as well as the hassle of sourcing parts for the Swift from Japan if you have an accident.
Our experts predict the Suzuki Swift range will retain 46-47 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000-miles of ownership. The best performer is the front-wheel-drive SZ5 model, while the Swift Sport isn't quite so strong - holding onto around 38 per cent of its value over the same period.
In this review
- 1Suzuki Swift reviewThe Suzuki Swift offers a decent drive and reasonable practicality, although rivals are more refined
- 2Engines, performance and driveLightweight and reasonably agile, the Swift is decent to drive but ride quality isn't great
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Suzuki Swift delivers strong fuel efficiency, although insurance costs might prove to be a little high
- 4Interior, design and technologyBuild quality feels good, but the finish of even higher-spec cars is durable rather than plush
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Swift's compact dimensions mean it's a great urban runabout; easy to manoeuvre through traffic and park in tight spots
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Swift features a good level of safety kit, although Suzuki only offers average warranty cover