ON TEST WITH
Suzuki Swift Sport
Price (from): £17,999
The supermini market has been growing at an astonishing rate for the last few years and rightly so.
The reason for this is buyers are now looking for smaller cars which are cheaper to run and cheaper to buy.
You may not know this, but the Suzuki brand sells very well and the previous Swift models flew out of the doors because it was seen as one of the hottest things to own. The new Swift Sport is a cracking little hot hatch and also something I consider to be pretty good.
Power and Efficiency: The Swift I had on test was powered by a four-cylinder Boosterjet turbo-charged 140PS petrol engine with 230Nm of torque at 2500 – 3500rpm. 0 to 62 mph is dealt with in 8.1 seconds, moving onto a top speed of around 130 mph.
The official fuel economy figures from Suzuki are: 50.5 mpg (combined) with a CO2 rating of 125 g/km, although the best I could get was around 45mpg, but then I was not really trying to get near what Suzuki had said was possible.
On the road: I can feel where Suzuki has made some major changes over the older Swift Sport model because everything feels so much more planted. This helps in giving you a lot of confidence into the corners as well as giving you a great ride on uneven surfaces. Even on the motorway, all was good, and the road noise at high speed was very minimal.
Design and Technology: The interior is made out of decent materials and the fabric used on the seating is of a good quality and a surprising find for a car in this price bracket.
Rear legroom is ok and the boot is a fair size in comparison to the competition.
What I do like is the driving position which is good, plus all the pedals feel in the right place and all the dials and switches are easily accessible.
Some of the standard features on the Suzuki Swift Sport include: ABS, EBD and ESP, lane departure warning, immobiliser, security alarm, driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags, side airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, engine auto stop/start, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lamps, LED projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, rear and side upper spoilers, 17-inch alloy wheels, 4.2-inch colour LCD display, dual exhaust pipes, DAB digital radio, smartphone linkage, navigation system and lots more which is surprising when you look at the price tag.
To sum up: Suzuki has done a fantastic job of giving the new Swift Sport an upgrade worth talking about.
I believe it will once again be flying out the doors of a dealer near you.