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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

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

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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 SZ3 trim receiving a disappointing three stars. This is due to its lack of advanced safety technology. The new SZ-L entry-level trim has features like adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, so we suspect this model will enjoy the rest of the range’s four-star score.

The SZ-T model gets plenty of safety features you’d normally expect to find on a much more expensive car. There’s technology that monitors your blind spots, keeps the car in its lane and reads traffic signs, for example.

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