Suzuki Swift review

Suzuki Swift review

We take our first drive in the all-new 2024 Suzuki Swift small hatchback…

The Suzuki Swift is one of the world’s great automotive survivors. More than nine million have been sold in 40 years and the popular supermini is now into its fourth generation.

Even though SUVs of all sizes are dominating vehicle sales, Suzuki still thinks there’s a place for the five-door Swift.

In fact, as stalwarts such as the Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra and Kia Rio disappear from the sector, there may even be an opportunity. After all, what are long-time Fiesta owners going to buy next time round – especially if they aren’t ready to go electric?

Suzuki Swift review

As ever, Suzuki’s answer is to offer a reasonably-priced, practical car that drives well and does what it says on the tin.

Starting at £18,699, the next-gen Swift doesn’t look unlike its predecessor at first sight.

Get a little closer and you’ll see that it’s bolder with a swathe of subtle design tweaks. It’s also fractionally longer and higher.

Evolutionary styling highlights include a sharp shoulder line that runs along the side of the car, L-shaped signature LED headlights, a piano black grille and sporty rear roof spoiler.

Suzuki Swift review

The back door handles are now conventionally mounted, instead of on the C-pillar, while the distinctive clamshell bonnet is shallower than before.

The new look works well and gives the Swift a more muscular stance. What’s more, it’s available in eight paint colours and four dual-tone colours, which utilises the car’s “floating roof”.

Inside, the cabin represents a big step-up for the Swift in terms of design and technology – two areas where the outgoing car was starting to show its age.

The centrepiece is the 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen display with shortcuts below and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, complemented by a redesigned dashboard. It’s not cutting edge, but miles better than before.

Suzuki Swift review

Thankfully, Suzuki has also stuck with physical switches and buttons for the climate control and other necessities such as heated seats.

Sadly, one feature remains, and that’s the mass of scratchy black surfaces in the cabin.

There are just two trim levels – Motion and Ultra – and the impressive standard equipment list includes adaptive cruise control, sat nav, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors, a rear camera, lane departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

For launch, there is just one petrol engine available – a three-cylinder 1.2-litre mild hybrid (12V) producing 81bhp.

Suzuki Swift review

It’s about as powerful as the unit in the old car, but it’s now 8% more fuel efficient and produces less CO2 (as low as 99g/km).

On the road, it’s clear that the latest Swift is all about economy. It feels less peppy (0-62mph in 12.5 seconds) than the previous generation 1.0-litre petrol turbo and the manual gearbox has to be worked fairly hard to extract any meaningful performance.

That said, even though it only a five-speed, you don’t find yourself reaching for sixth because the ratios are well judged.

For the record, an automatic transmission will also be offered, along with a 4×4 option.

Suzuki Swift review

The new Swift rides well. It’s not the most sophisticated system out there, but does the job, while body lean is nicely controlled. There’s even some fun to be had.

And because it’s such a lightweight car, it feels nimble and responsive.

Overall, the cabin is more refined than its predecessor and the engine only makes itself known under heavy acceleration.

Economy of around 50mpg is easily achievable in mixed driving, so the claimed 64.2mpg could well be a possibility on a long run.

Suzuki Swift review

Inside, there’s just enough room for adults front and rear, while the boot is a respectable 265 litres (589 litres with the backs seats flat) and there are plenty of small storage spaces dotted around the cabin.

My only slight gripe is that the driving position is on the high side for my liking, but you do soon get used to it.

So, the all-new Suzuki Swift is better than ever, which is just as well because its rivals in the small hatchback sector include the big-selling Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo, Dacia Sandero and Skoda Fabia.

And if all that isn’t enough, there’s now another good reason to choose a Swift.

Suzuki Swift review

Customer service has always been a Suzuki strength. Now there’s extra peace of mind too, courtesy of the new extended warranty plan.

On top of the basic three-year/60,000 miles warranty, this is now extended to seven years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first), as long as scheduled services are booked within the Suzuki dealer network.

Verdict: The all-new Suzuki Swift is a real step-up from its predecessor and well worth a test drive. Honest, competitively priced, stylish, comfortable, easy to drive and economical, it now also offers more peace of mind.

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Record number of vehicles on UK roads

Motorway traffic

The number of vehicles on our roads reached a record 41.4 million in 2023, according to the latest SMMT figures.

The new Motorparc data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that car ownership was up 1.6% to 35,694,845.

There were also record numbers of commercial vehicles, with 625,873 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and 5,012,632 vans in operation, up by 1.7% and 2.6% respectively.

Despite the rise, average car CO2 dropped 2.1%. In fact, one in 40 of all vehicles on UK roads is now zero emission, including 960,896 cars, 61,161 vans, 2,383 HGVs and 1,922 buses.

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Almost half a million new battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles were registered during 2023.

BEV van volumes rose by 43.5% on 2022 to 61,161, meaning 1.2% of vans on UK roads is now zero emission, while electric HGVs rose 146.4% in 2023.

Elsewhere in the SMMT data, the five most popular cars on UK roads in 2023 were the Ford Fiesta (1,487,925), Vauxhall Corsa (1,050,579), Ford Focus (1,049,818), Volkswagen Golf (1,004,152) and Vauxhall Astra (715,647 ).

Continuing their domination, superminis remain the most popular car type on roads, with one in three drivers choosing these more compact vehicles to get around.

And despite the fact that the UK is the fifth rainiest country in Europe, convertibles account for almost one in 35 cars on the road, with 1,022,849 in use.

Top 10 most expensive car parts to replace

Car maintenance

New research has revealed the most expensive car parts to replace in 2023, with the engine – the heart of a car – topping the chart.

Electronic car part remanufacturer, Actronics Ltd, conducted the study of the average cost of replacing new car parts for the top five most frequently driven car models in the UK – the Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, and Ford Fiesta.

With an average cost of £2,685 an engine replacement took top spot, following closely in second place by the gearbox, averaging around £1,072.

Airbags were in third place, with an average cost of £1,045.99, while the average cost of all the car parts featured in the Top 10 was £787.80.

Next on the list was the Engine Control Unit (ECU) typically costing on average £932.51. The ECU is a specialised electronic component that requires precise engineering and manufacturing. The complexity of its design and the advanced technology involved contribute to its cost.

Moving down the list, next is the sat nav/stereo system, with an average cost of around £639.10 for replacement. Then there is the catalytic converter, which costs an average of £351.67 to replace.

In seventh place is the radiator, with an average cost of around £344.80 for replacement. The fuel pump, shock absorber and ignition coil bottom out the list costing £322.68, £307.40 and £176.80 respectively to replace.

“The cost of car parts is becoming increasingly expensive, putting a strain on many people’s budgets,” said a Actronics spokesperson.

“In some cases, the cost of repairing a car can be more than the value of the car itself.

“We believe that refurbishing car parts is a viable option for many people.

“Remanufactured car parts are often just as good as new parts, and they can save you a significant amount of money.”

Top 10 most scrapped cars in the UK

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The Ford Focus was the most scrapped car model in 2022, according to new data from the Scrap Car Comparison service.

The Vauxhall Corsa was revealed as the second most scrapped model, with its larger sibling – the Astra – following in third.

It’s no surprise that the Focus topped the chart for the sixth year running. Go back 14 years (the average age of scrapped vehicles) and it was a time when the family hatchback was flying out of new car showrooms.

New additions to the 2022 list of most scrapped cars include the executive BMW 3 Series (more than the 1 Series, 5 Series and X5s combined), the Ford Transit van and MINI hatch.

Top 10 most scrapped car models in 2022

  1. Ford Focus
  2. Vauxhall Corsa
  3. Vauxhall Astra
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Volkswagen Golf
  6. BMW 3 Series
  7. Ford Transit
  8. Mini Hatch (Cooper/One)
  9. Vauxhall Zafira
  10. Renault Clio

Ford was also the most scrapped car manufacturer of 2022, followed by Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

New entry car manufacturers to the Top 10 included German brands BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

Top 10 most scrapped car makes in 2022

  1. Ford
  2. Vauxhall
  3. Volkswagen
  4. Peugeot
  5. Renault
  6. BMW
  7. Citroen
  8. Audi
  9. Toyota
  10. Mercedes

“This is the sixth year running where we’ve seen the Ford Focus come out on top as the most scrapped car, and we expect to see it featuring highly in our most scrapped lists for many years to come,” said said Dan Gick, Managing Director of Scrap Car Comparison.

“Popularity will always have a bearing on which cars are scrapped, and 2022’s results help to spotlight the enduring popularity of the Focus model, even if many do eventually meet the scrap heap.”

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The Nissan Qashqai was the UK’s most popular new car of 2022, and the first British-built model to top the annual sales charts for 24 years.

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm that the home-grown Qashqai – which was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield and is built in Sunderland – was the nation’s best-selling car of the last 12 months.

A total of 42,704 new Qashqais were driven off dealership forecourts across the UK in 2022, reported the SMMT.

To celebrate the achievement, an exclusive gold-wrapped Qashqai was created in honour of the 7,000 Nissan employees from around the UK that have contributed to its success.

  1. Nissan Qashqai – 42,704
  2. Vauxhall Corsa – 35,910
  3. Tesla Model Y – 35,551
  4. Ford Puma – 35,088
  5. Mini – 32, 387
  6. Kia Sportage – 29,655
  7. Hyundai Tucson – 27,839
  8. Volkswagen Golf – 26,588
  9. Ford Kuga – 26,549
  10. Ford Fiesta – 25,070

Overall, 1.61 million new cars were registered in the UK in 2022 – the lowest level since 1992.

Although demand for new vehicles remained high, manufacturers struggled to get hold of parts. There were particularly serious problems obtaining semiconductors, which are used in a vast array of electronic systems, from infotainment systems to engine management.

Meanwhile, demand for electric vehicles continued to grow and they accounted for almost a fifth of new car sales.

Registrations rose from 190,700 to 267,000 – with the EV market share climbing from 11.6% to 16.6%.

The Tesla Model Y was the biggest-selling electric vehicle by far, nothing up 35,551 registrations, followed by the Tesla Model 3 (19,071) and Kia Niro (11,197).

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