2013 Suzuki Swift supermini (c) Suzuki

Friday Focus: Suzuki Swift supermini

The Suzuki Swift offers the perfect blend of practicality, efficiency, performance, driving enjoyment and, importantly, price in the supermini sector. As part of our Friday Focus series, we take a look why it’s such an appealing small car.

Firstly, practicality and ease of use has to come first in a supermini. The popular Swift boasts maximum boot space of 528 litres in five-door form, meaning loading shopping or luggage is easy.

It’s a useable shape, too, with no odd nooks or crannies – and best of all, the large load bay doesn’t impinge on space inside the cabin.

There’s easily room for three fully grown adults in the back should you need to transport a full complement of passengers, and the roomy well-appointed cabin up-front makes journeys in the Suzuki Swift a pleasure.

Even the Swift SZ3 model gets electric front windows, remote central locking, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, an MP3 compatible CD player with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

2013 Suzuki Swift (c) Suzuki

The top-spec Suzuki Swift SZ4 is positively loaded with kit and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, keyless entry and start, cruise control, climate control, automatic headlights and a few more choice styling touches.

Priced from £12,690 with T W White & Sons it’s brilliant value, too. But if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, don’t worry. You can pick up a Swift SZ2 for just £8,999 as part of the Japanese firm’s VAT-free offer. An absolute bargain – and then there’s always the reassurance of amazing reliability.

Especially when you consider the Suzuki Swift’s other attributes. It’s at home cruising through city streets, sipping fuel, saving the Earth and your bank balance. But it comes alive when on a twisty B-road.

Suzuki’s 94hp 1.2-litre petrol or 75hp 1.3-litre turbodiesel engines are available in the Swift, both of which provide strong performance and superb efficiency.

The revvy petrol engine completes the 0-62mph sprint in 12.3 seconds but will still return an astonishing 56.5mpg combined with 116g/km CO2 emissions, meaning just £30 road tax per year.

Suzuki Swift supermini (c) Suzuki

The torquey turbodiesel is slightly slower to 62mph at 12.7 seconds, but returning 67.3mpg combined with only 109g/km CO2 emissions – equating to just £20 road tax per year – it’s even more frugal than the petrol.

No matter what the engine, you’re bound to have some fun behind the wheel. The light and lithe chassis and superbly communicative steering make the Swift a joy to pilot on a sinuous road and easy to manoeuvre, nipping into gaps around town.

Got a spare 30 minutes this weekend? Why not take a test drive in the Suzuki Swift and discover for yourself just how complete this little Japanese hatchback. Drop into our Suzuki showroom in Effingham, Surrey, or contact our sales team on to arrange an appointment.

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