In its third generation, the Suzuki Swift has changed a lot since its inception in 2000. The most recent one looks sporty compared to the original and with a wide variety of models to choose from, we’ve picked the three best from the range, providing three varying price points.
The Smart choice for saving money – 1.2 Petrol 3dr Manual SZ2
This model is the cheapest in the Swift range, and for the price you do get everything you’d expect a supermini to have. As one of the safest cars on the market it has a five-star Euro NCAP rating, 7 airbags and ESP to keep the car stable on the road. It also has USB connection to the audio system for your MP3 player along with electronically adjustable door mirrors.
With lots of space in the back, the small and stylish body holds plenty of room for passengers and also with the rear seats folded down, it has plenty of carrying space to move things around. With a reasonable mpg of 56.5 and 116 g/km of CO2, the car is also quite economical. With its 1.2-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual, the SZ2 reaches 60mph in 12.3 seconds with a top speed of 103mph. Prices for the base model start at £8,999, with the five door version at £9,499.
The Smart choice for value – 1.2 Petrol 5dr Manual SZ4
Being near the top end of the Swift’s spectrum, the SZ4 has more kit than the rest of the range, but is still reasonably priced. Most of the standard options on the car are exclusive to this SZ4 including automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, a DAB digital radio and satellite navigation. Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and keyless entry with start/stop technology are also fitted to the model.
Due to the sharing the same engine as the SZ2, the speed statistics are all the same as in the base model. Despite the similar performance, the improvements are on the inside of the car, rather than under the bonnet, meaning the driving experience in the SZ4 is even better than that in the base model. As well as the lower down SZ3, the 4 is available with a 4×4 option at a £1,500 premium. For the standard SZ4, the price starts at £12,199, good value for the amount of equipment you get as standard.
The Smart choice for technophiles – 1.6 Petrol Manual Sport 5dr £14,499
As the high end Swift, the Sport 1.6 keeps the same technology of the SZ4 but adds a better top-speed and sporty styling. With an improved 1.6 litre petrol engine and 136hp, the Sport gets up to 60 in 8.7 seconds and carries on to 121mph. For a hot hatch, the 44.1mpg is still quite economical, so you won’t be filling up as much as you’d think.
On the inside, this model has sport bucket seats along with the Sat-Nav and entertainment system, meaning the interior is perfectly comfortable. With sportier features fitted, such as MONROE shock absorbers and a roof spoiler, this Swift feels much sportier than the standard car. Also available as a three door and with many optional extras, you have a wide choice through the whole Swift range, with the five-door priced at £14,499, cheaper than many of its main rivals.