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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift

Overall verdict
Small, stylish and unexpectedly entertaining to drive, the Swift is a better car than most people realise.


Spirited driving for modest money


A lack of general cabin refinement


What is it?

The arrival of the new Swift in 2005 promised to usher in a new era for the budget Japanese brand. Here was a car with fantastic styling, unexpectedly entertaining driving characteristics and solid build quality, all for a rock-bottom price. Sadly, Suzuki hasn’t made such inroads in the UK in any other area, with lacklustre products like the SX4 hatch and Alto city car failing to make an impression.

But hey, there’s still nothing wrong with the Swift, now into its second generation (even though it doesn’t look it): there’s even now a replacement for the Sport, now better than ever. An ideal alternative to the Mini you can’t quite afford?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 Sport [Nav] 3dr
8.7s 147g/km 44.1 136 £14,449
The cheapest
1.2 SZ2 3dr
12.3s 116g/km 56.5 94 £9,194
The greenest
1.2 Dualjet SZ4 [Nav] 5dr
12.3s 99g/km 65.7 90 £13,044
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