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Suzuki Swift review - MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions

The Suzuki Swift is even more economical than before, with an efficient mild-hybrid engine

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Affordable motoring is the name of the game when it comes to the Suzuki Swift, and it comes with a solitary 1.2-litre mild-hybrid engine option. This time it’s a three-cylinder unit, which is designed to be even more economical, delivering 7mpg more than the four-cylinder of the same size from the outgoing car.

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While the Suzuki Swift can’t quite beat the fuel economy of full hybrids such as the Toyota Yaris, which gets up to 70.6mpg, it’s not too far behind with mpg figures in the mid 60s, and costs much less to buy. The Swift costs around the same amount as a Skoda Fabia, but the most economical version of the Czech model uses a more traditional turbocharged 1.0-litre engine with official mpg in the mid 50s.

The Suzuki Swift emits 99g/km of CO2, which is actually roughly on par with the CO2 emissions of the Yaris. That means it doesn’t quite qualify for free VED (road tax) or exemption from the London Congestion Charge, but it does sit in a reasonably low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band for company-car buyers.
 

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

Suzuki Swift 1.2-litre mild-hybrid three-cylinder (82bhp)

64.2mpg

99g/km

How efficient is the Suzuki Swift in the real world?

The Suzuki Swift provides official fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg, but on our long test drive we managed a more realistic 52.3mpg. That's still very impressive, though.

What will the Suzuki Swift cost to insure?

The Suzuki Swift is yet to get official insurance group ratings, but the old car was slightly more expensive to insure than you might expect, with the standard models sitting in group 22 out of 50, while the Sport hot hatch was in group 35. It’s worth getting some insurance quotes before buying a new Suzuki Swift to check it’s affordable.

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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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