The facelift did little to lift this pall, simply adding new seat fabric that remains both dark and scratchy. Five-door versions cost an extra £500 and come with a third rear seat, but while other occupants enjoy decent space, the central rear passenger is very tight for lateral room and legroom.
There are five trim levels to choose from - SZ2, SZ3 4x4, SZ4, SZ4 4x4 and the limited edition SZ-L, while the Swift Sport gets its own trim. The entry-level SZ2 trim includes seven airbags, remote central locking, 15in steel wheels, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows and front foglights as standard, while opting the SZ3 4x4 adds 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a four-wheel drive system.
The mid-range SZ4 trims include climate control, cruise control, sat nav, DAB radio, automatic lights, and keyless entry and start, while opting for the 4x4 model adds side skirts and skid plates, and is fitted with Suzuki's higher compression ratio, two injectors fitted in each cylinder head DualJet engine.
The limited edition SZ-L trim adds solely a rear spoiler and black alloy wheels, while those wanting a little more speed can opt for the Swift Sport, which is equipped with 17in alloy wheels, an aggressive bodykit and sports seats.
Most Swifts employ a sweet-spinning 1.2-litre four-pot petrol engine with VVT on both intake and exhaust in combination with a tidily shifting five-speed manual gearbox. Output is just 93bhp and 87lb ft, but at barely over a tonne, the Swift can be harried along if revs are confined to the 4500-6000rpm range; below that, the engine pulls smoothly but weakly.
Engine refinement is a strength, though, with a pleasant mid-range beat turning to a silky whirr at the top end of the tacho, and very little powertrain noise when cruising at 70mph despite the lack of a sixth gear. Economy also impresses with claimed combined returns of 56.5mpg and emissions of 116g/km of CO2.
The bigger news at facelift time was the introduction of five-door 4x4 1.2-litre petrol variants boasting an extra 25mm of ride height and using a viscous coupling to provide full-time four-wheel drive that sends additional torque rearwards when the front wheels start to struggle.