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Suzuki Swift hatchback - Reliability & safety

Owners find the brand dependable, but clever safety technology is only standard on the top-spec Suzuki Swift

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.0 out of 5

Suzuki has built its reputation on simply engineered cars that are known for being hard-wearing and reliable. Little of the latest Swift’s technical make-up is unproven – its engines are also used in other Suzuki models and the ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system is a Suzuki staple. Only time will tell whether the latest Swift is as dependable as many of its forebears.

Suzuki Swift reliability

In our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Suzuki owners voted the brand into a quite impressive eighth place out of 30 brands covered but it slipped down the rankings to 17th spot in 2020. Although the latest Suzuki Swift has yet to be individually featured, few have a bad word for Suzuki when it comes to fuel economy and running costs, including dealer charges.

Interior and exterior design aren't widely praised, though, and owners would prefer a smoother ride and brakes.


Crash-test body Euro NCAP has given the Swift a dual rating, with the entry-level SZ-3 trim receiving a disappointing three stars. This is due to its lack of advanced safety technology, even though the SZ-3 trim is still a tough car, with an adult occupant crash protection rating of 83%.

The SZ5 trim gets a more competitive four-star Euro NCAP rating, thanks to the addition of autonomous emergency braking technology, which can automatically stop the car if a collision with another vehicle or object is deemed imminent. The SZ5 trim is also fitted with lane-departure warning. Suzuki's 'Radar Brake Support' system is an option across SZ3, SZ-T and Attitude trim levels.

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