Reviewed: The Third Generation Suzuki Swift Hatchback

Suzuki is a car maker with a string of successful models. The brand sells well in various global markets. It’s well-known for offering good value for money, as its cars are within reach of many budgets.

One shining example is the Suzuki Swift. It might not be at the premium end of the market, but it’s good fun to drive. It’s a practical car that is also safe and functional. From 2010 onwards, the third-generation model has been on sale. Is it a car that you might want to consider buying? Take a look at our in-depth review below:

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Engines and transmissions

If you want a high-performance “hot hatch” this isn’t the car for you. But, if you’re looking for a practical hatchback that’s frugal on fuel, look no further. The mk3 Suzuki Swift offers three engine and transmission options.

The first is a 1.2-litre petrol unit. It’s a 92 bhp engine that offers a reasonable 56 MPG combined. Another petrol option is the 1.6-litre fitted to the Sport model. As you can imagine, it’s not as frugal as the 1.2 but it’s a good option if you favour performance over fuel economy. The Sport model boasts 134 brake horsepower and will get you from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the other options are only five-speed.

Last, but not least, there is the 1.3-litre turbodiesel, also with a five-speed manual. It offers a little more fuel economy over the 1.2 petrol at 67 MPG combined. The 73 bhp unit is also the slowest, as it takes 12.3 seconds to reach 60mph from zero.

Some trims come with an optional four-speed automatic, but the manuals are better here.

The handling will surprise you

Now I know what you’re thinking. A small, low-budget car is going to have terrible handling, right? Well, let me share with you a little secret. The new Suzuki Swift offers precise steering and handling on the road!

In fact, people that drive the car for the first time are often quite shocked by this fact! The body of the car feels stiff and doesn’t have any glaring body roll when cornering. No wonder the Swift gets used in motorsport!

Even those on a tight budget can afford a Swift

The biggest selling point of the mk3 Suzuki Swift is how affordable it is to buy! If you’re getting a used one, the RRG Group site is worth looking at for even more savings. Of course, be sure to compare the various choices on the market first before you buy.

One thing I love about the Swift is how well looked-after they are by their owners. That means you’re less likely to end up with a lemon if you opt for a used model.

Good level of equipment as standard

There are just four trim levels available, including the Sport.

The basic SZ2 trim comes with seven airbags as standard, making it one of the safest hatches around. Other features include power windows and mirrors, central locking and an MP3 stereo.

On to the SZ3, and you get air conditioning and alloy wheels. The range-topping SZ4 comes with automatic lights, climate control and keyless entry.

In all, the Suzuki Swift trims have a good level of equipment as standard. That’s one of the reasons why it offers such superb value for money!