Is The New Suzuki Swift Better Than Its Predecessor?

Redesigned from the ground up, the new Suzuki Swift is an attractable choice in the supermini class.

It looks good, it’s fun to drive – for the most part, and at almost £11,000 ($14,200) for the base version in UK, it’s not that expensive either.

The steering is direct and responsive, the 5-speed manual gearbox is quite good, and it comes loaded with equipment, event in entry-level form, but the supermini does have a few flaws, as CarBuyer’s James Batchelor pointed out in this review.

First and foremost, the cabin has a lot of grey plastic, and there are no soft-touch materials, which makes it lose points to the Volkswagen Polo. The infotainment system is slow and frustrating to use, soundproofing is not that good, especially on the highway, and the automatic transmission should be avoided, as it’s sluggish to change gears, and affects the fuel economy too.

Boot space is not that practical either, compared to the Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio, and even with the rear seats folded, carrying large items can be quite a pain, but legroom and headroom for the backseat occupants has improved.

Benefiting from the 1.0-liter turbocharged engine, with a mild hybrid system, means paying a bit extra, but it’s well worth it, as it works by storing the energy lost through braking and using it for acceleration. Drivers cannot really feel it, but it improves the mileage, which sits at over 50 UK mpg (41.6 US mpg / 5.6 l/100 km) in the real world.

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    So, he misses the point of a light parcel shelf, “scratchy” plastics on the dashboard instead of slush-moulded ones and it being noisy on the highway.

    It’s called weight saving. Take a look at the specs on its weight.

    Whoever has driven a car with great gas-mileage and thought, “I wish I had soft touch plastics instead.“?

    As regards price, well it’s coming from Japan now instead of Hungary, so expect higher costs. At least the reliability will be excellent.

    • Six_Tymes

      true

    • Big Black Duck

      i agree..some touch points i don’t mid being softer…but the freaking dash board i don’t care if its hard plastic..infact they are easier to clean..

  • Randy Terpstra

    We’ve had three generations of the Swift sold here in Canada (also badged as Geo, Chevrolet & Pontiac) , followed by a rebadged version of the Daewoo Kalos (:/). We never did get the ‘proper’ 4th gen Swift, though they do looked appealing. And although I can’t speak about the reliability or the driving dynamics of the 4th gen Swift, I do see a number of them (via YouTube) bombing around at the Nürburgring, so they must be fun little cars to drive. 🙂

  • Big Black Duck

    I love this car…looks pretty cool..some front rally style fog lights and its a keeper…

  • Dennis James

    Maybe it’s better, who knows. But the sure thing is that it’s just as ugly.

  • Paul

    It sure is an ugly little skate.