The Suzuki Swift’s extended wheelbase has produced a roomy cabin, for passengers at least. Room up front is ample and the driving position comfortable. The SZ4’s four-way adjustable wheel (the column adjusts for rake only on cheaper models) makes it easy to get comfortable in the supportive seat.
The story is pretty good in the rear, too. There’s decent leg and foot room (you can slide your size 10s under the front seats) and the seat cushion is long enough to provide proper thigh support – rare in this class. Head room is less capacious, and a fifth passenger won’t be enjoying a five-star experience, but this cabin is roomier than many in the class.
The same can’t be said of the boot. A 204-litre capacity is small and looks it when you lift the electrically released tailgate, which doesn’t extend to floor height. You can fold the asymmetrically split rear seats, of course, but these rest crudely on their cushions to create a huge step up from the boot floor and a rather unsatisfactory extended cargo zone.
Storage provision for minor cargo is more generous and includes door bin cum bottle holders in every door, a spacious centre console and an adequate glovebox.
Less pleasing is the cabin’s finish. In addition to having hard-feel plastics throughout (seats and carpet apart), it’s notable for being almost bereft of colour. The red instrument details are the only relief apart from the usual deployment of silver plastic trim. You can only have the interior in a dull grey-black, too.