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Suzuki Swift review - Interior & comfort

There’s a little extra flair and tech in the Swift’s cabin this time around, but scratchy plastics make it feel cheap

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3.9 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior quality has never really been a strong point for the Suzuki Swift, and unfortunately that’s still the case on the latest version. There’s a noticeable use of lots of cheap, scratchy plastics, where many other rivals instead feature soft-touch materials that give a more upmarket feel. On the other hand, while the Swift may be lacking in quality, it does make up for it in standard equipment, which will be important for many buyers.

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We like the fact that the Swift’s headlining is finished in a light grey colour, as it helps to brighten up what could otherwise be a fairly dark and gloomy cabin. The two-tone dashboard contributes on this front, too, while making the interior space a little more interesting with its angular design. The replacement of the large funky speedo from the outgoing car by a more conventional one is disappointing, though, as it was one of the few interesting elements.

Is the Suzuki Swift’s infotainment and navigation system easy to use?

The latest Swift gets a larger touchscreen than before, and it’s perched on top of the centre of the dash, meaning it’s easier to glance at without taking your eyes off the road. However, despite being a new system, the infotainment already feels dated alongside competitors. The screen isn’t particularly sharp, the whole unit is surrounded by a chunky bezel and Suzuki’s software feels very basic and isn’t the most responsive. On a more positive note, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard, meaning you can use these instead.

Is the Suzuki Swift well equipped?

For the price, the Swift is fairly well equipped. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will be a key feature that many buyers will appreciate, and all cars also get LED headlights, keyless entry and go, a reversing camera, heated seats and lots of driver assistance tech. It’s clear Suzuki is hoping to win over buyers with its value for money offering.

What options should you choose on the Suzuki Swift?

The Suzuki Swift doesn’t come with many optional extras, but buyers can choose from a wide variety of colours in three categories: premium single-tone colours, dual-tone colours for an added level of depth, or premium dual-tone colours. There’s not as much scope for customisation as you’d find offered on a MINI, however.

Key features

Motion

  • 16-inch alloys
  • Nine-inch infotainment screen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Sat-nav
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Heated front seats
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • LED headlights
  • Lane keep assist and departure warning and prevention
  • Automatic autonomous braking
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Rear cross traffic alert

 

Ultra 

(Motion plus…)

  • 16-inch polished alloy wheels
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • Rear heater outlet
  • Electrically folding door mirrors

 

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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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