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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Less impressive, as the Swift seems to take after the Baleno School of Dashboard Finishing, rather than graduating from the same academy as the Suzuki Ignis. There’s a token effort at funkiness, in the form of contrast fillets of trim on the dashboard and running around the door handles, while the pattern of the cloth seats seems to be some sort of subliminal marketing ploy to encourage you to trade up to a Mercedes one day. Other than that, it’s lots of sturdy, charcoal-grey plastics and fairly simple dials and surfaces.
So it’s not exactly breathtaking inside, but it is all well laid-out and intuitive, and there’s plenty of space on board for four adults, although five might be pushing it; the back seats aren’t quite as commodious as those in the Baleno, but they’re still better than some other rivals’ efforts in this sector. Furthermore, like any self-respecting Suzuki, the equipment levels on the Swift are generous almost to a fault. Even the base SZ3 has air conditioning, six airbags, DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard, while SZ-T enjoys smartphone link infotainment, a rear-view camera and other items like 16-inch alloys and front fog lamps. SZ5, close to what we drove, gains climate control, satnav, rear electric windows and adaptive cruise control, among much more.
About the only gripe on kit is that heated seats will not be offered in the UK, even as an option; they’re fitted on left-hand-drive cars only. Yet the switchgear to operate them is down next to the handbrake and so the piece of dash trim to accommodate this feature wouldn’t have to be changed from left- to right-hand drive markets at all. Most odd.