Suzuki Swift as first car

Suzuki Swift

A lot of people when they first start driving are more than happy to have something second-hand with four wheels and an engine that gets around, nothing else matters as it’s their very own first car, which is entirely understandable. But if the budget runs a little more lead way, especially with some of the extremely affordable ways of financing there are around today, why not consider the added peace of mind and reliability of a brand new model instead? The Suzuki Swift is a great little car that most people buying a car for the first time would love to have, so let's see how it stacks up for a first time buyer.


We'll hold our hands up and admit right here and now that there are cheaper cars you can buy than the Suzuki Swift. But cheap often applies to more than just the price of such models, so let's concentrate of the affordability and value for money Suzuki cars like the Swift offer, over and above the cheapest models out there. The Swift in its entry level SZ3 form costs from £11,499, but you'll be amazed at what you get for that price. Step up to £13,499 and that gets you into a mid-range SZ-T version of the Swift, and the top-of-the-range SZ5 is hardly a costly car with an RRP of just £14,999.

Running costs

Thanks to a combination of low insurance ratings and engines that are low on emissions and return high fuel economy ratings, the Suzuki Swift is a pretty inexpensive car to run, which are more reasons why it's such a good first car. The 1.2-litre Dualjet and 1.0-litre Boosterjet SHVS engines return fuel economy ratings as high as 65.7 mpg with front-wheel drive, and even the extra capability of all-wheel drive only sees that number reduce slightly to 62.8 mpg. Road tax is between £130 and £140 per year, depending on the model chosen. And with fuel at a price of 116p per litre and based on an average 10,000 miles per year, the Swift will cost between £811 and 942 per year on fuel. The warranty covers you for three years or 60,000 miles, and the service interval is every 12 months or 12,000 miles.


Just because it's your first car doesn’t mean performance is of no importance, but too much performance on tap probably isn’t a good idea and it would bump up those running costs hugely. The two engine options available are more than adequate for this frisky little car. The first is a 90PS 1.2-litre DualJet petrol, which also featured in the previous Swift, and a 111PS 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol. The Dualjet is revvy and can be very enjoyable to drive, but the BoosterJet is even better, with the same free-revving characteristics along with an extra dose of punchy, mid-range torque, coupled with outstanding fuel economy.

Features and equipment

Standard equipment even at the entry level includes air conditioning, Bluetooth and DAB radio, but the mid-range SZ-T is seriously tempting if you can run to the extra as it then adds the likes of alloy wheels, a better infotainment system, that excellent BoosterJet engine, and even a reversing camera. Don’t rule out the top-spec SZ5 models either though, as they are well priced and offer the option of an automatic transmission and even all-wheel drive.

You can find and more and check out the Suzuki Swift for yourself by getting in touch with us here at Sportif Suzuki, and you'll soon see for yourself what a great first car the Swift can make.