The Suzuki Swift’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty looks unexceptional next to the Kia seven-year and Vauxhall lifetime warranties, but its strong reliability record makes this issue less serious. More appealing will be its strong economy, low emissions and low VED exposure. Depreciation is likely to be competitive, even if insurance costs more than for the equivalent Ford Fiesta.
Fuel economy on both the petrol and diesel models is competitive with the best of its rivals, without reaching class-leading standards. Good enough then to suit all but the buyer trying to eke the very last metre from their tank.
The top-of-the-range SZ4 gets you Bluetooth, electric rear windows, keyless ignition, automatic lights, rear privacy glass and climate control (rather than air conditioning). Bluetooth apart, SZ3 should be a cannier buy for most with its manual air conditioning and alloy wheels. However, the entry-level SZ2 isn’t especially well equipped so it’s worth trying to find the extra grand it costs to get up to SZ3 level.
The auto version is only available in SZ4 trim and adds to the price, while economy drops, emissions rise and the 0-62mph time rises by over a second.