The Suzuki Swift is a brilliant urban run-around that delivers nippy performance, is easy to park and plenty practical for day-to-day use – but it’s got ‘big car’ abilities, too.
It’ll quite happily cruise at motorway speeds, do long runs and return decent efficiency over all types of driving. That’s why at T W White & Sons we’ve decided to show the Swift’s worth by running one as our long-term test car.
We want to test its credentials as a practical supermini and find out whether the Swift can cope with long-distance cruises, as well as if the chassis can entertain and involve the driver.
Our first impressions say yes to all three of the above.
Our test car is in range-topping SZ4 trim and boasts Bluetooth, automatic headlights, cruise and climate control, steering wheel audio controls, an iPod connection, privacy glass and keyless entry and go. The only option is the Kashmir Blue metallic paint (£399), taking the Swift’s price to £12,914.
We’ve gone for the 94bhp 1.2-litre petrol option – with fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 56.5mpg combined and 116g/km respectively – meaning £30 road tax – the Swift is nippy and frugal.
On the commute to work – taking in a mix of urban and rural driving – the Suzuki is comfortable, efficient (it’s returning 47.2mpg according to the trip computer) and easy to drive.
There’s plenty of power for quick getaways out of junctions and the intuitive control weights are suited to heavy traffic, as well as a faster pace when road conditions allow.
Even in three-door guise there’s plenty of room in the cabin and access is easy. There’s more than enough space for two weekend bags or the weekly shop in the boot, too, something we put to the test with a cross-channel visit to the Le Mans 24 hours motor race.
At a near constant 80mph on the French autoroute over an 800-mile round trip the Swift performed faultlessly. It was refined, comfortable, quiet and pretty effortless in truth, thanks to cruise control, supportive seats and soothing air-con. The solid sound from the stereo helped keep us entertained, too.
We’ll be keeping you updated with how our tenure with the Swift pans out, delving deeper into the car’s seemingly extensive bag of talent and investigating further whether the car can tread the fine line between practical small vehicle, decent motorway cruiser and enjoyable driver’s car.
On the face of things, all looks positive for the Swift.