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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift
Final thoughts and pick of the range
Good news all round here, as we’re thoroughly impressed with what we’ve seen of the fourth-generation Suzuki Swift so far. It’s neatly styled and really intelligently packaged, what with its weight loss programme and small dimensions teaming up with improved cabin space, while the fabulous 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine with the mild hybrid assistance leads to a Swift that admirably lives up to its name. You don’t have to work this Japanese hatchback hard to get it to build up a good head of steam and, once the corners start coming thick and fast, it’ll hang onto as much of its pace as possible, thanks to a limber chassis with an excellent set-up.
Of course, it still works if you operate it more sensibly, as most superminis are driven in the real world, because it’s more than comfortable enough and easy-to-use too. Factor in the competitive pricing it will no doubt have once the announcement of costs is made at the end of April, Suzuki’s munificence when it comes to interior equipment, and it’s clear the Swift should be on many supermini buyers’ shortlists. Which means (and we know we keep banging on about this, sorry) that what we’re really looking forward to now is the Swift Sport. Until that arrives, probably sometime in 2018, you’ll have to make do with the 1.0 SHVS, but that’s ok, as this is a fantastic little car from a company that’s becoming fast known for such things.