Suzuki Swift Road Test (2013)

Suzuki Swift (Interior View) (2013)

Suzuki Swift Review

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very impressed with the sound quality

Comfort and Refinement

We found the interior of the Suzuki Swift spacious and the seats were comfortable and supportive.

The seat adjustment features a lever to adjust the recline and we found it difficult to get the seat recline correct - a dial adjustment would be much easier to use.

The steering wheel is height and reach adjustable enabling the driver to find the perfect driving position.

Standard ‘comfort’ equipment on the Swift SZ4 includes automatic air conditioning, driver seat height adjuster, electric front windows with driver’s side auto-down, front accessory socket, front sun visors with vanity mirrors, front assist grips x 2, digital clock, outside temperature display, lights-on and key-in reminder, centre cabin light, luggage area lamp, front seatbelt warning lamp & alarm, automatic headlamps, electrically adjustable & heated door mirror and front fog lamps.

Safety and Security

The Suzuki Swift achieved a maximum 5 star rating in Euro NCAP testing and is equipped with the following safety and security equipment as standard:

ISOFIX anchorages with top tether and anchor, 7 airbags, ESP (electronic stability programme), ABS with EBD, automatic headlights, 3-point ELR seatbelts, remote fuel flap opener, child proof rear door locks, side impact protection beams, freewheeling key cylinders and deadlocks and front passenger airbag deactivation facility.


The Suzuki Swift is equipped as standard with an MP3 / WMA compatible CD tuner with USB socket, 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls and rear roof mounted antenna.

We were very impressed with the sound quality of the audio system and our test car the SZ4 model was fitted with a Bluetooth integrated audio unit with voice activation and music streaming.

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What We Liked
  • Exterior Styling
  • Ride and Handling
  • Spacious interior with good headroom
  • 5 Star Euro NCAP rating
  • 7 Airbags and ESP as standard
  • Fuel consumption
  • Quality of audio equipment
  • Keyless entry and start
What We Disliked
  • Road noise
  • Limited boot space
  • No foot rest
  • A lever for seat recline
What We Would Like To See
  • Drive away locking
  • 6th gear
  • Foot rest
  • A rotary dial recline

We really enjoyed our time with the Suzuki Swift; it is a practical small family car that doesn’t compromise on fun. It is more spacious than the previous model, has been awarded a maximum 5 star rating in Euro NCAP testing and represents good value for money.

If you require more performance then we suggest you opt for the Swift Sport model.

24 April 2013 Melanie Carter
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Suzuki Swift Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSuzuki Swift 1.2 SZ4
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourSilky Swift Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.3 Seconds
Top Speed 103 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban46.3 mpg
Extra Urban64.2 mpg
Combined56.5 mpg
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP Rating5 Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 24/04/13)£11,429

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