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I think this model is underpowered - although handling is relatively good and it's fine to drive around town (it's quite nippy) or on short journeys). It's not so good on motorways or long journeys as it's noisy at higher speeds (70 mph) - and seems to only comfortably cruise at about 60 mph. Overtaking has to be planned well in advance as the acceleration isn't particularly impressive, and certainly when going up hills it requires some careful gear changes, and encouragement!
It is a comfortable, firm ride - but the integral satnav (which is a Garmin) isn't particularly user friendly - I haven't as yet figured it out - and is very complex to update (I haven't actually attempted this yet, as you have to register for the Garmin website - and they seem to insist on you using Internet Explorer, which I don't!) and it's not clear if you have to pay for the updates. It is likely I will not use this and just go back to my portable satnav from previously!
It is incredibly irritating that the 'Infotainment' system comes on every time the ignition is turned on, irrespective of whether it was 'off' beforehand or not! and there is a 'registration screen' which pops up every time. Not sure that I think the sound system is wonderful - bit crackly, and reception not good - but not sure if that is just this particular car!
I can't give any feedback on reliability as I have only had the car approximately 6 months. My last car was a Skoda Fabia - have to admit I miss it! Lots of bells and whistles in the Suzuki, (if you want cruise control, voice activation etc.,) but certainly as far as performance is concerned it's not a patch on the Skoda! But a lot cheaper to buy, whether it is cheaper to run remains to be seen - the diesel I had before did over 50mpg and this seems comparable at the moment.
Whilst it's competitors constantly felt the need to chop and change, that the Suzuki Swift remained available in the UK for around 15 years in more or less the same form is testament to it's great design, still the basis of Pakistani and Chinese models in 2013!. A pretty shape with simple engineering and generous spec for the time combined with a roomy feel and miserly fuel economy to make a great car for city driving and short round trips.A shame Suzuki never really replaced it.
On the down side it lacks the required comfort for long trips, struggles on hills and lacks safety features, but driven carefully it's ideal for the first timer or low mileage driver who wants little more than a daily driver/shopping trolley without breaking the bank.
It's not fast, but light and nippy enough to stay out of trouble in the city (no power steering required)and comfortable on motorways. Low mileage examples are still plentiful, spares cheap. Deserves a cult following...
Have had great fun owning my 2007 Swift Sport - it's got just the right power and it's a hoot to drive. Chuck it into any corner at any speed and it'll take it. I wouldn't have bought anything else.
I've had a couple of reliability-based niggles - one suddenly very flat battery, which I don't think is car specific, and one involving a supposedly 'dead' catalytic coverter after 60,000 miles. Fortunately, once back at the dealer I bought it from, they uncovered that it was a software glitch, fixed for £30. Can't speak more highly of the dealer.
I've had the fuel economy at around 38-39mpg, which would be helped so much by having a sixth gear. But all the same, the extra cost in petrol over, say, a 1.4 Polo/Fiesta is well worth it for the fun you'll have.
Overall, if you have a chance to buy it, go buy it!
If you live in the city this is a car for you. Small and compact it can nip around built up areas with ease. The 1.5 litre model has good power to weight ratio which in turn makes breaking effortless. It is a small car but can still fit 4 people in no problem. The boot however is quite small so if you need a car for luggage or a pram perhaps then this is not for you. I get around 140 miles out of it when putting in £20 petrol at 1.27p/litre which is not bad at all. All in this is a fab car.
Very pleased with buying a new model. I am comfortable in it. I also find it helps older relatives to enter the vehicle easily. The system audio is now out dated no blue tooth or MP3 player. I am happy with the look and relaiabilty. My main dealer is expensive for MOT's etc. I have gone to a local garage. And find the advise more proactive. You will need a new tyre in 2 months time you will need this on your nxt service. I would recommend for a first time buyer.
not had the car long enough to give a full review so my comments are only based on my initial impression.
at 6ft 3 and large frame suprised at how comfortable to drive the car is. on regular 300mile round trips no aches, handling is excellent (ex karter) torqey engine make the twisty bits fun, economy is a vast improvement on my old car.
wife has a new polo but reckons the swift knocks spots off it in every department .the boots not massive but who cares
I downsized from a BMW 7 series to the Suzuki with a small amount of trepedation. However, I was pleasantly surprised with it. The car is great to drive, economical to run and has enough space inside for my needs. One drawback is that the demister isn't very efficient and quite often the only way to clear the screen is to put the air conditioning on - not much fun in the middle of winter.
Went from 1800cc Ford Mondeo to this Suzuki Swift when I was made redundant and went self-employed and needed to get a car that was better on fuel.
The car will cruise on the motorway at 70-80 mph and returns 40-odd mpg.
It's roomy enough and has the feel of a bigger car on the inside despite its outward appearance.
I'd recommend it to anyone who prefers big cars but has to downsize.
Good little car very ecconomicla and easy on upkeep.
Although good space on the back seats, there is very little boot space and this is an issue wth shopping, etc.
Also the passenger seat chair creates a blind spot for the driver.
I changed to this to save on costsd as I have a long commute and it is very easy to drive and park.
Can run on the motor way for 250 milesapprox at a cost of £25. Its quite a comfortable car that feels bigger than what a small car should. It does have a small boot area but its acceptable for general shopping. The car is generally a good all round car and i would recommend to anybody looking looki g for a suzuki.
Had since 2009, not let me down so far. The only complaint I have is, until you get used to it, it tends to stall easily when starting. In the old days we would have said a spark plug problem. Overall it is very reliable and although I don't like driving in the snow, it does hold the road well in icy conditions
I have real liked my car from day one and have enjoyed driving it for the past three years.
Small annoyances are:
1) The size of the boot
2)The fact that the parcel shelf stays up and does not close with the hatch
3)Use of hands free has never been efficient
4)The indicators do not often self cancel
The 1.3 has a little more acceleration when pulling away but the 1.2 is great on the open road and economical on fuel. I would move back up an engine size in future as the 1.2 Swift isn't great on hills or overtaking on an incline. For urban use though it's great and stylish.
A GOOD FAMILY CAR WITH A GOOD TURN OF SPEED,VERY RELIABLE AND CHEAP TO RUN,LOOKS A BIT DIFFERENT TO THE AVERAGE HATCHBACK. IT'S A BIT OF A HARD RIDE DUE TO IT'S SPORTY NATURE.NOT MUCH ROOM IN THE BOOT BUT WITH THE REAR SEATS FOLDED YOU CAN CARRY PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.
The Suzuki Swift is an aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable car to drive. Built by the Japanese it is typically reliable and easy to manoeuver. The only negative point is it's fuel efficiency, which in today's world, makes a huge difference. Fantastic car otherwise.
BOUGHT MY FIRST SWIFT BRAND NEW IN 2001, Y REG. KEPT IT UNTIL 2013. RETIRED SO DID NOT SEE THE POINT IN OWNING TWO CARS SO SOLD "Y" SWIFT BECAUSE I ALREADY OWNED "59" REG SWIFT. NO PROBLEMS, EVER, JUST NEW BATTERY, TYRES, EXHAUST, ON OLD MODEL OF COURSE.
This is the second one of these cars I have had. I kept the last one for nearly five years because it was such a good little car. Although slightly pricey they are worth every penny and I think you would struggle to find a better super mini.
Bought new in 2008, fun to drive with good road handling. Small but suits my life style. Can be noisy inside particularly on motorways. Will definitely buy another unless I win the Lottery in which case it will be an Aston Martin DB9!
not as good on petrol consumption as a small car should be and rather uncomfortable, too hard a ride for todays badly kept roads. But extremely reliable and practical. Very good value to purchase, a practical car.
Folding rear seats make this a very practical car. shame that newer versions did away with them. Good economy 46 average. fun drive and coped well with 4 adults on the steep hills and minor roads of Exmoor.