Used Suzuki Swift (1992 - 2003) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 21 Jul 2014
The Suzuki Swift design barely changed from when it was launched in 1992, to when it finally went out of production in 2003. It's a bit old fashioned, with a cramped interior, few modern safety features and dated looks, but makes a case for itself as a cheap, economical and reliable runabout.
1.5 out of 5



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This is one area where there was very little development during the Swift's long lifetime. Crash protection is poor and it lacks many of today's expected safety features - including airbags and ABS. Post 1995 models have an engine immobiliser.

3.5 out of 5


Engines are durable provided the service schedule is adhered to firmly.

Car check problem points


Thin panels mean dents and scratches are easily picked-up.


Noisy high-mileage engines, whining gearboxes; make sure service history is complete.


Brake or suspension wear, especially GTi; shabby interior.