2008 Suzuki Swift GLX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
Best car I have ever owned
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