Suzuki Swift Sport Review
First Drive of Suzuki’s Award Winning Hatch
Suzuki have a car that has won a few awards over the past year, the 2014 Car of the Year from the Northern Group of Motoring Writers and the Best Buy Hot hatch for less than £15,000 at the 2014 What Car? Magazine awards.
The Swift Sport has claimed the accolades and is Suzuki’s supermini offering which is up against some pretty tough competition like the Mini Cooper or the Skoda Fabia, but in sport version is it a match for the more established brands?
What is the spec like on the Suzuki Swift Sport?
The Swift Sport has small car cuteness with sporty additions including 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and twin exhausts giving it extra aggressiveness. Metallic paint is also standard.
The interior comes with comfortable sports seats, a well shaped, thin rimmed leather steering wheel that has mounted controls with red stitching that also features on the seats. Stainless steel sports pedals also add to the smart interior.
Visibility is fine out the front of the car but can be a struggle at times due to the small rear windows.
There is plenty of equipment on the Swift Sport including keyless entry and an engine start button, cruise control, DAB digital radio, automatic air-conditioning and power steering.
Connectivity comes in the form of a USB socket with MP3 compatability and Bluetooth that link up to the touchscreen.
There is plenty of storage throughout the cabin in and above the centre console, behind the seat backs and also holders for cups and bottles.
Space though is limiting, tall, rear passengers might struggle with legroom and the deep 211-litre boot only held a few bags of shopping.
What’s it like to drive?
If you’re looking for fun then the Swift Sport will be right up your street.
The ride is more about fun than comfort and teaming that with impressive handling and plenty of grip into corners means you don’t need to pay the earth for an entertaining drive.
One downside is the turning circle which could do with some improvement, but hey, no great shakes.
The four-cylinder, 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 136PS with 160Nm of torque, but does require really pushing it through the 6-speed manual transmission to get the most of the performance across the rev range. It has a top speed of 121mph and gets from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, however it feels quicker than that!
It emits 147g/km of CO2, so Vehicle Excise Duty will be £145 per year and it has a combined 44.1mpg figure which is genuinely easily achievable as we hit nearer to 49mpg.
Safety equipment on the Swift Sport includes side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP and driver and front passenger airbags, which is why it scored the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP ratings.
Suzuki Swift Sport price and verdict
The Suzuki Swift Sport is priced from £13,999 for the three-door, £14,499 for the five-door and for the money is an affordable city car with that added sense of sporty fun. It does lack boot and rear space, but if you’re looking for that first car, or a runaround to whizz into town, then the Suzuki Swift Sport is well worth a test drive. If you don’t want the extra sporty factor then the basic Swift starts from £8,999 and there is also the option of a four-wheel drive version.
New Suzukis come with a three-year or 60,000 mile warranty and a twelve-year anti-perforation warranty (rusting through a panel) as standard.
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Rear seats might cause problems for tall passengers