2008 Suzuki Swift Reviews

2008 Suzuki Swift GLX VVTS 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5900 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Ignis

Summary:

Bloody Brillant!

Faults:

Nothing yet!

General Comments:

I love this car!.. It is the best car I have ever owned..

After losing faith in French cars (Peugeot, terrible experience with a 1999 206).. the car garage exchanged the Peugeot for a 2001 Suzuki Ignis free of charge, as my Peugeot had gone back to the dealer 6 times in 5 weeks after countless faults.

After driving my reliable trouble free Ignis for 2 years, and getting it up to 100,000 miles.. I graduated, started a new job, and was in need of a newer car..

My family have a history of Suzuki.. Aunt and Uncle have got through 4 Suzuki's in the past 10 years ranging from Vitara, 2 x Ignis's and SX4, which have been trouble free.. Reliable and cheap to run.

I went to the same Suzuki dealership that my aunt goes too, and fell in love with a second hand Suzuki Swift Auto. For a car which was only 2 years old, with only 5000 miles on the clock and AUTOMATIC! I've saved myself nearly £6000 off the original price when it was brand new... Dealership were very helpful, and paid for the road tax.

I love everything about this car... I have to say it does look similar in build to the Mini.. but less chavvy, minus the mutton dressed as lamb drivers, and half the price!

I have never been that bothered about equipment on a car, as long as it gets you to A-B right??

BUT! I'm really impressed by the amount of equipment on this car. Suzuki are certainly generous..

I have the GLX Auto, which comes with power steering, electric front windows, electric heated mirrors, A/C, keyless entry/start, onboard computer, 8 x airbags, CD/MP3 radio unit, alloy wheels, front fog lights, chrome exhaust and coloured coded mirrors, handles and bumpers.

The only thing I found confusing was the keyless entry and start.. You can leave the fob in your pocket, walk up to the car, push the button on the door handle, get in and start the car!! Superb if you have lots of shopping and you can't get to your keys!! I have got used to it now!

I have had the car just over 7 months now, I'm on 9,000 miles and so far still good. It seats 5 comfortably; I have never had any complaints from my passengers.

The car is very smooth. It has a proper 4 speed Auto gearbox, not the horrid jerky semi-autos that have appeared in the Vauxhall and Citroen ranges.

It's very responsive, will drop a gear with a little push on the accelerator, and will drive in top gear at low revs.. 40mph on 1500rpm.

For an automatic, it does well on petrol too... For a 1.5, I did think it would guzzle on fuel, but it has been very reasonable...

Steering is very responsive and nice and light when parking. It feels like a safe car to drive, very firm and solid on the road.

I hear a few people have complained about the rattle in the dashboard, and possible rear tyre wear issues???

As mine is in the 2008 bracket.. I heard that the 2007+ models were refined and re-manufactured from these little problems.. I haven't experienced any of those issues..

So I give this car a 10/10.. if you want a super reliable little Japanese stylish car that turns heads.. Get one!! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2011

5th Feb 2011, 16:18

Wish we had this car in Canada. We've been getting a rebadged Daewoo Kalos for the past seven years. Suzuki calls it the Swift+. It's otherwise known as the Chevrolet Aveo, which has made many top ten worst car lists. No wonder Suzuki is failing in North America.

15th Feb 2011, 19:07

Why did you give 4/10 in running cost rating when you're very satisfied with the fuel consumption?

21st Mar 2011, 19:12

I didn't mean to put it as 4/10 my mistake... I actually mean a 8/10! :D

Happy motoring!

2008 Suzuki Swift GLX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carRenault Modus

Summary:

Best car I have ever owned

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I have read the review on the DDiS version on this website, but it just doesn't reflect my experiences, so time to balance the story.

Suzuki revised the model around 2008 and addressed a few issues. As a consequence, my car has performed perfectly. It looks lovely, mine even has the Carlos Fandango spoiler and stripes. Interestingly, I have noticed several times that the boy racer stripes bring out the critical parent in some other drivers, who do their best to keep you safely 20mph below the speed limit. First time I have noticed this kind of behaviour. I'm not that young either.

If you wanted to fit a new headlamp bulb (I haven't needed to), it isn't an engine out job like the Renault Modus.

Tyre consumption is low, rear tyres are still original replacement fronts on 12000 with loads of tread left, and the tyres are cheap.

Fuel has been around 43 mpg summer, and seems more like 40 mpg in winter.

Servicing has not been expensive. The engine is a Toyota chain cam VVT, which finally swung the buying decision for me.

Driving it is excellent. Going, stopping, cornering all fine. It is easy to park, and the size means multi storey car parks are a pleasure rather than the normal worry in a bigger car. I still enjoy it every time I get in.

The keyless entry can be a fiddle, so read the manual and prevent your passengers getting soaked.

So, in summary, very good, and remarkable value. Appliance-like reliability, The DDiS owner's experience is not totally representative of the breed.

Strangely enough though, my seven year old daughter absolutely hates it because of the stripes; and she keeps asking if she can walk instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2010

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews