Suzuki’s iconic third-generation Swift is the epitome of sports vehicles. The Swift has spawned its own racing class, and competes regularly in the British Rally Championship. Despite this impressive pedigree, the Suzuki Swift is known for its incredible value, responsive urban-friendly drive and exhaustive safety record.
Aside from a EuroNCAP five-star safety rating – making it one of the safest cars on the road – the Swift boasts great fuel economy, with combined consumption as low as 64.2mpg. The 1.3-litre DDiS variant pushes this even further, up to a staggering 83mpg.
At the same time, CO2 emissions are low, as low as 101g/km, on the diesel model. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Swift is no slouch. With a maximum speed in excess of 100mph and a 0-60 time of 12.3 seconds, the Swift is perfectly adapted for urban driving. It’s also well-suited to extra-urban commutes, too; cruising comfortably, efficiently and quietly at 70mph for extended periods of time.
If the mechanical performance has you salivating, the interior will, too. Driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags line the cabin, and the vehicle’s broadsides are reinforced with side impact protection beams. Every Swift comes equipped with an MP3-compatible CD tuner, alongside a USB socket for charging and playing music from any compatible smartphone.
If you’ve more of a high-tech mind, the Swift SZ4 offers keyless entry – swapping the ignition for an engine start/stop button – and the SZ3’s audio unit comes with Bluetooth optimised for music streaming. The entire in-car communication system is voice-activated, too.
The Swift comes in several drivetrain options: three manual-gearbox front-wheel drives, with hardier urbanites catered for through a five-speed manual 4x4 version. There is also a four-speed automatic front-wheel drive model.