Suzuki Swift vs. Ford Fiesta vs. VW Polo vs. Vauxhall Corsa

The Test

At the risk of sounding biased (we do love the new Swift), we've decided to let the numbers do the talking for this comparison. We've chosen models from the Fiesta, Polo and Corsa range which closely match the Swift SZ5 SHVS for a fair comparison and listed the information that most buyers are likely to take into consideration. 

At the bottom of each model we've given them a score, and this score reflects the number of categories where it was the clear winner over the other models. If two or more models are matched in a particular category, they all score a point. The higher the score, the more categories won - simples!

(The figures quoted below are to the best of our knowledge and have been taken from two impartial websites: Autoexpress and Parkers)

Head-to-Head Comparison

Model Suzuki Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 5dr VW Polo 1.2 TSI 90 Match Edition 5dr Vauxhall Corsa 3dr 1.0T Sri VX-Line
On the road price £14,499 £15,445 £15,480 £15,795
Monthly PCP payment (£3,000 deposit / 3yrs)* £167 £193 £168 £243
Average Insurance Quote £542 £573 £739 £404
Length/wheelbase 3,840/2,450mm 4,040/2,493mm 3,972/2,470mm 4,021/2,510mm
Height/width 1,495/1,735mm 1,476/1,941mm 1,453/1,901mm 1,479/1,944mm
No. of doors 5 5 5 3
Engine 3cyl in-line/998cc 3cyl in-line/998cc 4cyl in-line/1,197cc 3cyl in-line/999cc
Peak power/revs 109/5,500 bhp/rpm 99/4,500 bhp/rpm 89/4,800 bhp/rpm 113/5,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 170/2,000 Nm/rpm 170/1,500 Nm/rpm 160/1,400 Nm/rpm 170/1,800 Nm/rpm
Transmission 5-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/fwd 5-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 37 litres/repair kit 42 litres/£100 45 litres/repair kit 45 litres/£110
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 265/579 litres 292/1,093 litres 280/952 litres 285/1,090 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 925/455/1,000kg 1,163/502/1,000kg 1,107/531/1,000kg 1,166/469/1,200kg
Turning circle 9.6 metres 10.1 metres 10.6 metres 10.1 metres
Basic warranty/recovery 3yrs (60,000)/1yr 3yrs (60,000)/1yr 3yrs (60,000)/1yr 3yrs (60,000)/1yr
Service intervals 12,500 miles (1yr) 12,000 miles (1yr) 10,000 miles (1yr) 20,000 miles (1yr)
0-60mph 10.3s 10.2s 10.5s 10.0s
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 121mph/2,600rpm 113mph/2,300 rpm 114mph/2,600rpm 121mph/2,700rpm
Braking Distance 30-0mph 9.2m 9.8m 9.4m 11.0m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 67/52/65/72dB 68/52/63/71dB 62/50/58/64dB 64/42/59/67dB
Combined MPG 65.7mpg 65.7mpg 60.1mpg 57.6mpg
CO2 97g/km 97g/km 109g/km 114g/km
Airbags Six Six Four Six
Isofix Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking Sensors No £300 Yes £450
Camera Yes £250 £245 £1,300
Cruise Control Yes £400 Yes Yes
Autonomous Emergency Braking Yes £400 £400 Yes
Climate Control Yes No £380 £395
Xenon Lights LED No £910 £395
Keyless Start Yes No No No
Sat Nav Yes £300 £700 £50 (App)
USB Port Yes Yes Yes Yes
DAB Radio Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
Score 25 12 10 13

Summary

It's clear from the table above that in many sections the cars are very closely matched, however the Suzuki Swift eclipses the competition when it comes to price and features.

The Swift is the cheapest of the line-up, with the Corsa being the most expensive priced at £1,296 more. Thanks to the Polo's residual value, it does mean that on a PCP agreement you will pay only £1 more than the Swift - but if you're looking to own your car outright then this number is irrelevant and the Polo will likely cost more to run due to its lower MPG figure, shorter service intervals and higher servicing costs.

To meet the same number of features found as standard in the Swift such as Sat Nav and a reversing camera, you'd have to spend an additional £1,350 on the Fiesta, £2,140 on the Corsa and an astonishing £2,635 on the Polo. So to summarise, if you've had your heart set on a Ford Fiesta, a VW Polo or a Vauxhall Corsa, why not give the Suzuki Swift a shot? It might just surprise you.

*Correct at the time of posting on 26/08/17. Offers available until 30th September 2017.

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