2012 Suzuki Swift Review

2012 Suzuki Swift Sport 1.6 N/A petrol from Japan

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 N/A petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2200 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Ignis

Summary:

All rounder! So great!

Faults:

Sometimes the engine revs do not drop down quickly when I release the gas.

I am wondering why Swift Sport sold in Japan doesn't have a watch on the information display at the center of instrument panel, and doesn't have air bags mounted in the front seats? It is disappointing to me.

General Comments:

The car's agility is superb, thanks to the firm and well damped suspension.

Really stable, in spite of driving fast, and taking a quick turn on the hairpin curve.

Amazingly comfortable ride is given on the city roads at low speeds.

The front seats are supportive, and a little bit narrow due to the tall side supports.

The cabin is not so big, so it would be tough to go traveling full with passengers and their luggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2012

9th May 2012, 09:27

Good review, but I drive the new 2012 UKDM Suzuki Swift Sport, and it has been great. I have only covered 700 miles, so can't really push the engine much, but I also have the trouble of releasing the throttle and the revs not dropping quick enough. My main dealer told me it's because of the drive by wire; it can be adjusted at a service.

But seriously, it is truly a great hot hatch. The handling is amazing, and it proves you don't need 200+ BHP to have fun.

Also the petrol consumption is surprisingly very good, averaging 42.5MPG around town, and 50ish MPG motorway on quite a tight engine still.

I will write my own review after I have broke the engine in, and hit a few track sessions.

29th May 2013, 06:51

I have had my 2012 Swift Sport (UK model) for over a year now, and it has been a pleasure to drive; no problems whatsoever. It gets great MPG and is so fun to drive.

The only annoyance is the paint is very thin. There's a few stone chips on the front bumper. Might get it partially wrapped in clear plastic, just to protect the paint. A few other owners literally got the front bumper, bonnet and wings wrapped, or even the full car.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review