The Swift epitomises the essence of Suzuki. The Japanese small-car specialist has made a career out of designing and building smart, essentially-urban light-class vehicles. The five-door Swift has distinctive but appealing looks and a variety of grades spanning a relatively wide price range. The packaging is able to accommodate four adults quite comfortably and the hatchback configuration makes for versatile passenger/luggage combinations. The 100kW/160Nm 1.6-litre engine and CVT transmission makes for a very comfortable drive.