5-speed gearbox was a little notchy
Ride and Handling
The Suzuki Swift is excellent around town but it is as equally at home on the open road.
We found the ride quality at lower speeds excellent - absorbing road imperfections well. On the open road and at higher speeds the ride did feel a little bouncy and even though Suzuki have increased body rigidity and improved rigidity in the front and rear suspension body roll curbs enthusiastic driving but overall the Swift’s road manners were good and the electric power steering was well weighted and very direct offering the correct amount of feedback.
The 5-speed gearbox was a little notchy but was light and easy to operate.
Ease of Use
Getting in and out of the Suzuki Swift was very easy, the doors open wide and head room is very good. Leg room is good in the front and acceptable in the rear with children as rear seat passengers.
All round vision is very good which makes parking easy. The side mirrors are large and offer very good rear view vision.
The instrumentation is clear and the controls are well laid out, there are controls for the cruise control, audio system and Bluetooth connectivity on the steering wheel.
The boot is a little on the small size the capacity is 211 litres and with the rear seats folded (rear seat with 60:40 split) you can accommodate 528 litres (5-door model) – compared to the Honda Jazz’s 399-litres. However, there is plenty of storage space including a reasonably sized glove box, upper storage tray with lid, front passenger side seatback pocket and storage pocket with bottle holder in all doors.