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Suzuki Swift review - Reliability & safety

Suzuki tops the leaderboards as the most reliable car brand, but safety is a grey area

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3.9 out of 5

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Suzuki doesn’t perform outstandingly in our Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys overall, but where it really shines is in terms of reliability. Here it’s ranked the leading brand, with only 8% of owners in 2023 reporting an issue with their car in the first year of ownership. Previous versions of the Suzuki Swift haven't featured in our list of the top 75 cars, but given it’s one of the brand’s top-selling models, it seems safe to say it should prove reliable.

How safe is the Suzuki Swift?

The latest Suzuki Swift is yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the previous model is closely related to it underneath, and received a three-star rating out of five back in 2017. Crash safety standards have got more stringent since, however, and where the old Swift faltered most was with its lack of safety assistance tech as standard. The latest car comes with a plethora of safety kit, though, so it will be interesting to see how the model fares if – and when – it’s tested under the latest regime.

What are the Suzuki Swift service intervals?

Suzuki suggests getting its cars serviced every 12 months or 12,500 miles. The brand offers service plans for up to three years at a time and the price can be paid on a monthly basis to make it more affordable.

What is the warranty on the Suzuki Swift?

Suzuki offers a warranty that covers your car for up to three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. With such impressive reliability statistics, we’d have expected more, as this is far behind the 10-year/100,000-mile warranty offered by Toyota and the five-year/unlimited-mile warranty offered by Hyundai. Most other manufacturers will offer three years’ warranty for up to 100,000 miles or without a mileage limit.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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