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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift
For:Spirited driving for modest money
Against: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?