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Suzuki Swift 1.5 litre (2005-2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed December 2009

The current shape Swift has been a real success for Suzuki and it’s fair to say its popularity comes down to mixing substance with value and pert styling.
Better than mere shopping trolley or being patronisingly dismissed as ‘a chick’s car’, these tiddlers can easily stack up as a sound used car option.

The Swift nameplate, last seen here in 2000, was revived with the EZ series release in early 2005 replacing the Ignis. The Swift and Swift S both come in five-door hatch form powered by a 74 kW 1.5-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed auto.

Safety features on all Swifts include antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution, emergency brake assist, dual front airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a four-star ANCAP crash rating. Swift S adds front side and curtain airbags, plus 15”alloy wheels.

Thumbs down to Swift’s tilt-only steering column and space-saver spare though.

There was a minor facelift in mid 2007, and in late 2006 the 1.6-litre Sports model arrived with performance and handling upgrades plus a sporty body kit and from July 2007 standard electronic stability control.

The 1.5-litre engine is responsive offering acceptable performance though it’s not quite as spirited as the name conjures up and the best in class can deliver. Swift is an enjoyable drive thanks to lively steering, competent chassis and good grip. Though in the handling stakes it’s once again pipped at the post by the class’s frontrunners.

The interior is modern and functional, but boot and rear cabin space are a touch restricted. The 60:40 split fold rear seat aids load carrying versatility, while child restraint points are well located.

Swift offers build quality superior to what might be expected in a budget priced car and reliability appears to be a virtue. Check for records of scheduled servicing. Rear tyre edge wear can be an issue if rear toe settings are out, so a rear wheel alignment check by a dealer is recommended, as there’s no simple service adjustment provided. Swifts are popular with driving schools so avoid cars that show evidence of such duty in their previous life.

Under the pump

Swift 1.5 will use between 6.3 litres and 9.9 litres of fuel every 100km, depending on model and driving conditions.

What will it cost? 

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Suzuki Swift 1.5 litre 2005-2011

Car Details

Vehicle make Suzuki
Vehicle model Swift 1.5 litre
Year 2005
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.