A stroppy, fun, hot hatch
The Swift has given excellent reliability.
The engine uses more oil than average.
The cam belt needed replacing at 65000km.
A loose engine mount had to be rectified at 66000 km.
The brakes have had an annoying squeal.
Various parts of body trim have become rather loose.
The Swift has brilliant straight line performance. A very rev happy little engine.
The power to weight ratio is excellent.
It is an economical car, hampered only by a small fuel tank.
Due to firmer suspension, 15 inch alloy wheels and Michelin SX GT tyres it is a great handler.
Well weighted power steering makes the car nimble when changing direction.
Four wheel discs makes the Swift stop just as quickly.
The Swift does however have a lot of wheel spin and torque steer.
The cabin is rather dated, plastic and flimsy. The standard sport seats are comfortable and supportive.
The Momo steering wheel and gearshift knob do brighten the cabin.
The body is rather tinny and there are a few rattles.
A terrific first performance car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2003