Jump to content
The Motorists Guide
  • GUIDES TO MOTORING ABROAD

    601453474_GBFlagcopy2.jpg.acaed72a60dd15289a7f77c1a4bfacd7.jpg   582983291_USAcopy.jpg.28a336ce779814a1456fdf03662bdb31.jpg   560432495_Europecopy2.png.ea8711e12b83774ebffc1576326516d0.png   459823598_RoadTripimage.jpg.42f3c1905e49cf42b17e8f53c5774a81.jpg

  • JOIN THE 'OLD SCHOOL COOL' CAR CLUB - FOR ALL MODERN CLASSIC CAR OWNERS

    1866879865_OSCClub.png.2645f7882ec311dd7a6f61e9dcd4a6ba.png

  • Suzuki Swift (Mk2)

       (Overall rating from this review)
    With its cute and curvy looks, we review whether the second generation Suzuki Swift makes a good used car purchase in a very competitive market sector by driving a 1.5 petrol GLX model
    • Performance
    • Quality
    • Economy
    • Cost

    image.png.6685f96442af18417c1522b7e1385a39.png

    The Mk2 Swift was released in 2005 after being shown at the Paris Motorshow the year before and was poles apart from its predecessor which neither had the look nor the go to live up to the Swift name. The second generation Swift did away with a lot of the angles as found on the Mk1 and adopted a more rounded, yet sporty appearance. The MK2 Swift became a worldwide success for Suzuki and exceed sales figures in all markets, notably in Japan where it sold more than double its predicted sales figures. 

    The Swift is available in both 3 and 5 door form with a choice of either a 1.3 92bhp petrol giving an average of 45mpg, 1.5 101bhp petrol with an average of 45mpg or a 1.3 69bhp diesel giving a 61mpg average. Both petrol engines are derived from Toyota and are chain driven and give plenty of torque low down which suits the Swift well. Two gearboxes are offered in the way of a 5-speed manual or a 4 speed automatic, the former is ideal for the Swift on city streets or for country roads and makes the Swift an enjoyable drive. However, the manual gearbox is let down on motorway driving whereby you can experience engine noise within the cabin and ideally the car could have benefitted from a 6th gear. But let’s be honest the Swift is naturally going to be geared for city driving rather than motorway driving of which the gears are set perfectly. I found the Swift fun to drive as the steering was light but precise and the car felt agile, as well as having plenty of grip thanks to the wheels being set right at each corner.

    image.png.bf0eeb7725e1c3b0dc8e1b382322f18c.png

    Two key models are available for the Swift which are GL or GLX, the latter being the top spec model and has features such as a leather steering wheel, front foglights, air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, electric mirrors, keyless entry and keyless ignition as standard. The GL is the entry model and is fitted with wind-up windows and wheel trims. There is also a limited edition attitude model which is fitted with 17" alloys and a body kit and only available in three-door form. At the end of 2009 Suzuki changed the model structure to SZ3 and SZ4 to bring the Swift in line with the rest of the brands modeling structure but this did not affect the level of equipment in each model. For 2009 there was also the SZ-L limited edition model which was equipped with lavishes of chrome on the door handles, front grill and boot edge but more importantly, had side indicators built into the wing mirrors.

    image.png.c2d21fa08b6270dfd05817eb5a383785.png

    Despite the Swift being designed to be one of the cheaper superminis on the market, don’t think that this has led to a cheap interior, it’s far from it. All models are fitted with a CD player and steering wheel controls, space saver spare wheel and fit five people at a push (5 door models). The grey dash and door cards are broken up by silver inlays which give the interior a sportier touch and I found the seats very comfortable. Suzuki haven’t skimped on safety either, giving the Swift front and side airbags, ABS and Equal Brake Distribution all of which helped the Swift achieve a four-star euro NCAP safety rating.

    image.png.52c1c34c4b6e5d4b39d1de01ee7367c7.png

    Another great feature of the Swift is the ability to personalise it to your specific taste with a great selection of Suzuki Swift accessories. My test car was a good example of this by having optional extra wheels, spoiler, stripe kit, central armrest, headlight protectors, bonnet protector, front and rear bumper diffusers, mud flaps and door rubbing strips which complimented this Swift very well and made it stand out from the crowd.

    image.png.3624fed8c272fc5f8b4b3877c77964a2.png

    The Motorists Guide View

    In my opinion the second generation Suzuki Swift makes a great used car purchase, ideally suited as a first time car or city car. I feel combined with the fun driving characteristics, cute looks and cheap motoring honours the ethos of the original Austin Mini more so than the BMW Mini. My only criticism is the small boot which you can only just fit a pushchair in but despite this I feel the MK2 Swift still feels fresh and current which is remarkable as the oldest ones are now 13 years old and definitely worth considering if you are looking for a cheap city car.

    Click here suzuki Swifts for sale

    image.png.809f6b7423906a1af1ad41cd07ea92c6.png

    Dimensions:

    Length; 3695mm

    Width: 1690mm

    Height: 1500mm

    Curb weight: 1050kg

    GOOD POINTS:
    • Good build quality, good handling, economical
    BAD POINTS:
    • Small boot space, basic interior features


    User Feedback

    Create an account or sign in to leave a review

    You need to be a member in order to leave a review

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

    There are no reviews to display.


  • Our picks

    • Mercedes W212 E Class saloon facelift
      The Mercedes W212 E Class was originally launched in 2009 to replace the well-built W211 version, which itself had helped recover Mercedes reputation at building reliable, long lasting cars after the quality control issues of the late 1990s/early 2000s. There was no doubt that both the car and Mercedes engineers had big shoes to fill but thankfully the gamble paid off as the new model was able to build on the good reputation of its forbearer. The W212 was not only bigger than the previous model it was also more refined.
      • 0 replies
    • Road trip through Nevada & Arizona
      Las Vegas – a city synonymous for gambling, partying and generally a play ground for the rich and famous. However, what if you want a change from the hustle and bustle of the city and see more of what the silver state has to offer? The answer is to hire a car and I have devised a perfect road trip which allows you enjoy some of the amazing scenery, ghost towns, mining towns and route 66 which all helped make the states of Nevada and Arizona both famous and rich. Below is a picture of the planned route.
      • 0 replies
    • 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible
      The ford mustang – an American icon but does the 2018 model make a viable purchase? Steve went to Las Vegas to find out.
      I start this car review in an unusual fashion, as I have a confession to make. When I landed at the Las Vegas McCarran airport I was expecting to be driving away in the 5.0 V8 version of the Mustang, however, due to a mix up I, in fact, ended up with a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.3 Ecoboost version with the automatic gearbox. However, I must stress that the Ecoboost engine isn’t lacking in performance as it produced 313bhp and 319 of torque. Unperturbed I felt this to be more fitting to our UK readers where the Ecoboost engine makes more financial sense, both in purchase cost and running cost.
      • 1 reply
    • Essentials everyone needs to keep in their vehicle
      Whether it’s winter or summer, there are some key items you’ll need in your vehicle all year around to help you stay safe on the road. Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, provides the eight essentials that you should always keep in your vehicle
      • 0 replies
    • MG3
      I intended to find out by test driving the new MG3 which is a new small hatchback and designed to bring the MG back to the masses. The MG3 I had on the test drive was the top of the range Style model with a price tag of £11,695. With any new car in this highly competitive sector first impression count and the MG3 does not fail to disappoint.  
      • 0 replies
×