The Suzuki Swift’s chassis is well able to handle either engine at its most eager and, perhaps more impressively, any liberties taken by an emboldened driver. This car has a game chassis that encourages brisk driving. Its mix of strong grip, good chassis balance, confident body control and excellent brakes makes a decent little entertainer of the Swift.
That’s how it feels on the road, and MIRA’s handling circuits do nothing to challenge that conclusion; the Swift handles very tidily. Drive it with the zeal it encourages and you can be circulating rather more speedily than you’d expect of a supermarket shopper.
The Swift is slightly let down by its steering, which feels a little artificial and disconnected during the initial swivel and doesn’t exactly flood you with feel. A more serious criticism for most buyers will be the mild lack of directional stability in crosswinds.
But it’s a relaxing car for the most part. Its ride is unexpectedly pliant, even if some surfaces trigger a bit of fidget. Its ability to deal with bigger potholes is quite impressive and partly compensates for the mild shortage of refinement at motorway speeds that demands a brief tweak of the volume control if you’re listening to the stereo. There’s no dominant background sound – it’s mostly the general commotion of motion – but there’s more wind than road noise. Were it not for this, the Swift would be a surprisingly able long-distance car.