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Suzuki Swift (2010-2017) Buying Guide

Suzuki Swift (2010-2017)
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by Richard Dredge

Although the original Swift arrived in the 1980s, it wasn't until the fifth-generation model of 2005 that Suzuki really made an impact with this multi-talented supermini. So when the time came for a replacement in 2010, Suzuki played it safe by introducing an evolution of the model rather than an all-new one. The Swift isn't the most obvious supermini but in some ways that's a good thing. Unusual and most popular with private buyers rather than fleet, most Swifts are cherished and low-mileage. Reliability is a strong point, along with low running costs and great dynamics. The lack of engine choice might be an issue, but the 1.2-litre petrol engine is zesty and frugal too. Throw in great steering plus an accomplished chassis and the Swift makes a compelling case for itself in an overcrowded segment.

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Cheap to buy
Cheap to run
Well equipped
Good to drive
Zesty engines
Small boot
Cheap interior
Outdated auto
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9/10The sixth-generation Swift arrives in three- and five-door hatchback forms. There's only a 1.2-litre petrol engine, SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4 trims and manual or automatic gearboxes.
2/11A 1.3-litre diesel joins the range, available only as a manual.
1/12The 1.6-litre Swift Sport arrives in three-door form.
7/13The Swift Sport is now offered with five doors, a 4x4 model appears in five-door form only and a more efficient diesel engine is introduced (now 101g/km instead of 109g/km).
6/14The SZ4 gets standard sat-nav and the diesel is cut from the line-up.
4/15A 1.2 Dualjet option is introduced, that's 16% more efficient than the regular engine.
  • The dipped headlights are weak. It's worth changing the bulbs to Phillips Blue Vision or Crystal Vision.
  • The standard windscreen wiper blades are poor, so swapping for Valeo or Bosch items makes all the difference.
  • A notchy gearchange can sometimes be alleviated by changing the gearbox oil; the Sport is most likely to be affected.
  • Clutch judder can be an issue, especially in low temperatures. It's usually down to a clutch plate that needs replacing.
  • Handbrakes can quickly go out of adjustment so make sure it'll hold the car on a steep incline.
  • Squeaks and rattles aren't unusual. The normal culprits are the door trims and seatbelt mechanisms, plus the glovebox lid.
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