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Suzuki Swift (2017 to 2024)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

64
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

59
%
D

Safety Rating:

40
%
E

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

69
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

64
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

59
%
D

Safety Rating:

40
%
E

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

86
%
B

Running Costs:

69
%
B

Summary


The Suzuki Swift is a supermini-class small hatchback. This model was launched in the UK in 2017, and ran until 2024 when it was replaced by an all-new model.

There is a performance model called the Swift Sport that sites above the regular Swift range. We have a separate page for that model here.

The Suzuki Swift received a wider range of review scores from the UK motoring media than most cars over its production life, ranging from ‘Don’t Buy’ recommendations from some media sources to outstanding results from others.

The poorer reviews were largely due to the Swift’s relatively poor three-star safety rating in standard form (four stars for the top-spec SZ5 model) when many rival cars had five-star safety ratings.

In its 2020 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Suzuki Swift equal fourth (with the Hyundai i20) on its list of the most reliable small cars. In 2021, the Swift improved to third place.

As of May 2024, the Suzuki Swift holds a Used Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 64%. It scores top marks for its low CO2 emissions, while it also gets good grades for its low running costs and strong reliability record. However, its media review scores were poor, while its safety rating was poor to begin with and has now expired due to age anyway.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol only
Price: From £15,499 on-road

Launched: Spring 2017
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Discontinued: Spring 2024 (replaced by new model)


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: May 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 83%
Child protection: 75%
Vulnerable road users: 69%
Safety assist: 25%

Note on safety rating
The Suzuki Swift received a three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in standard specification, which in the UK applies to the Swift SZ3 and SZ-T models. The top-spec SZ5 model gets additional safety equipment included, which bumps it up to a four-star rating.

The Suzuki Swift was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and received a three-star safety rating in standard specification, which in the UK applied to the Swift SZ3 and SZ-T models. The top-spec SZ5 model included additional safety equipment included, which bumps it up to a four-star rating.

However, these ratings expired in January 2024 and are no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

Although the ratings have now expired, the score is still useful if you are comparing a used Swift to vehicles of similar age – whose ratings will have probably also expired.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Suzuki Swift was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Suzuki Swift has a reliability score that’s higher than average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both this model Swift and the previous (pre-2017) generations.

Faults are reportedly cheap to fix across the board for Swift owners, with engine, suspension and braking system repairs being the most common.

If you’re looking at a used Suzuki Swift, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models57 mpgB52 – 60 mpgA – B
Hybrid models55 mpgB53 – 56 mpgB – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models112 g/kmA106 – 121 g/kmA – A
Hybrid models116 g/kmA113 – 121 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A19 – 24A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£150A
Year 2£452A
Year 3£715A
Year 4£892A
Year 5£1,243A
Overall£3,452A

The Suzuki Swift is a pretty affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The fuel consumption of both petrol and diesel models are good when compared to hatchback rivals, and beyond that it’s As across the board for the Swift. Insurance and maintenance costs are predicted to be very affordable.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Suzuki Swift has received

2019

  • Honest John Awards – Real MPG Car of the Year

2017

  • Scottish Car of The Year Awards – Eco Award

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Suzuki Swift, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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The Suzuki Swift has received a wider range of reviews from the UK media than most cars, ranging from 'Don't Buy' recommendations to outstanding scores.Suzuki Swift (2017 to 2024)