The new Suzuki Swift will go on sale on the 1 June priced from £10,999.
Suzuki's Ford Fiesta rival switches to the same platform as the larger Baleno, but it's actually marginally shorter than the car it replaces. It also has a slightly lower roofline but a longer wheelbase. Wider use of ultra-high-strength steels in its construction has contributed to a significant weight saving for the car, with entry-level 1.2-litre-engined versions weighing 890kg, some 120kg less than their predecessors.
Interior space is up by 25% and luggage storage space has grown from 200 to 254 litres. Access is also improved thanks to a body optimised for a five-door layout – the only format available with the new model – with rear door handles hidden ahead of the car’s C-pillars.
The car's base price is £2000 more than the old model but the new Swift gets a significantly longer technical features list.
In entry SZ3 guise it uses a Dualjet 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 89bhp and offers 65.7mpg while emitting 98g/km. Six airbags, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, digital radio with Bluetooth and front electric speakers come as standard inside, and the exterior gets LED day running lights and 15in alloy wheels.