Degree students who become qualified drivers can now run from the test centre rip their L-plates into pieces and slide behind the wheel of a new Suzuki Swift
Degree students who become qualified drivers can now run from the test centre, rip their L-plates into pieces, and slide behind the wheel of a new Suzuki Swift. This distinctive supermini is earning a cult student following as it is fashionable, capable, and temptingly cheap. In fact, Motoring.co.uk's database reveals it could be your new ride to music festivals from only £9,395.The Swift is available with a choice of three engines. These are the 1.3-litre 90bhp petrol, the 1.5-litre 100bhp petrol, and the 1.3-litre 73bhp diesel. The diesel is a good choice for cost cutting new drivers as it averages 62mpg, and has emissions of only 119g/km. Okay, this variant takes a lengthy 13.7 seconds to reach 60mph, but the modest running costs may leave student owners with enough cash to pay their tuition fees. Handling is another area where the Swift impresses. There is plenty of traction for those late night kebab runs, and the sensibly firm suspension keeps body roll in check. This complements the sharp steering which is light in traffic, and provides useful feedback on faster roads. So, the Swift is great fun to drive and feels much like whizzing round in a go kart – albeit one with four Euro NCAP safety stars. Further plus points include decent build quality, enough space for four adults, and handy gadgets such as the CD player, air conditioning, and electric front windows. Not bad for a stylish run-around that costs less than £10,000.