Swift posts series win
Suzuki didn’t need to reinvent the wheel so it made its hatch just a little larger
variable valve timing. The 1.4 displaced less than its predecessor, had marginally lower output but used less fuel.
Transmission options were a five-speed manual, the more popular four-speed automatic and, in the Sport, a constantly variable transmission with seven preset ratios.
On the road the Swift handled well and obediently followed directions from the driver.
Standard safety kit included seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and electronic stability control. ANCAP gave the Swift five stars.
Suzuki is a brand generally thought of as a builder of quality small cars. At the same time its cars have never quite fitted the mainstream.
The original Swift was a tiny car, but very well engineered with a jewel-like engine that punched above its size. The FZ continued that theme. Few owners complain about their Swifts, most are passionately in love with them and are happy to tell you so.
They report good performance for its size; even the 1.4-litre engine gets the job done with relative ease. Even better, they say it is economical.
Rear seat accommodation can be a tight squeeze for adults but few owners actually complain about it, probably because they rarely use it to carry four adults.
With few issues to consider, look to the general condition of the car, inside and out, looking for evidence of body damage, and interior wear and tear. Check that any example you’re considering has been serviced properly.
Suzuki engines, being finely engineered, need regular oil and filter changes to stay healthy. Serviced well, they will last and last.
Doug Williamson: I have owned a few different hatchbacks and the Swift is by far the best. It’s surprisingly roomy, the boot is larger than you think and the fuel economy is really good.
Natalie Hawkins: I previously owned a Ford Focus, which regularly broke down, but the Swift has never given me any trouble. It’s a 2011 GL auto and it’s economical and inexpensive to service. I wish it had more power, cruise control and Bluetooth, but who needs bells and whistles? I would recommend it to anyone.
Sharelle Evans: I have owned three Swifts in the past eight years and none have given any trouble. The driving manners are good, the economy is great and the quality seems to be good.
Edward Mason: I absolutely love my Suzuki, it’s roomy inside, has really good vision for driving, is easy to park, economical, zippy and smooth to drive. It’s never missed a beat.
A great little car that should be high on every small-car shopper’s list.
The FZ series Swift released in 2011 was an evolutionary model — or so Suzuki executives maintained when trying to justify the little apparent visual change from the preceding EZ. They also had a quite logical explanation: So successful had the EZ...