Styling wise there is no doubt as to Suzuki’s true intentions behind the Sport with aggressive and unique styling touches making themselves known across nearly every one of the Swift’s panels. Exclusive design details give the all-new Swift Sport a far more distinctive style over the rest of the range and help it to stand out from the increasingly generic crowd. The Swift’s striking front grille and bumper, impressive 17” alloy wheels and carbon effect aerodynamic under spoilers deliver what Suzuki say is, ‘the ultimate style statement’ and create a first impression that lingers long in the memory. And that’s before you take into account the bright Champion Yellow paintwork and duel exhaust pipes.
Step inside the Sport and the sporting (ahem) theme continues with distinctive red accents throughout and supportive sport seats that conspire to hold you securely in place when the drive demands it and yet offer comfort aplenty for a trip down to the shops or further afield. The 3-spoke leather covered steering wheel feels great and combines well with the fully adjustable seats to give you a real connection to the Swift. A connection that improves every time you go out for a drive in the Suzuki. There’s even room in the back for three adults.
You have all the technology you’d expect from a modern hot hatch and more, there’s Suzuki easy to use and clear satellite navigation system, a useful rear parking camera and adaptive cruise control. For additional ease of use, the Swift includes an excellent keyless entry/start system which helps to create a sporting feel the moment you press the button to awaken the Sport’s rorty 138bhp turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. To keep you and your passengers entertained there’s also a DAB digital radio and smartphone linkage display which allows you to take control of the entertainment as you drive.
Useful and impressive tech is everywhere and it all works without taking away from the Swift’s raison d’être, that of going very fast and being lots of fun.
But what you’re really interested in is the drive, this is after all a hot hatch. It needs to offer the young and excitable the promise of excitement and practicality that the Swift Sport has always been well known for. The 1.4 Boosterjet turbocharged engine under the bonnet arrives with 4 cylinders and 1373cc delivering an exciting and impressive 138bhp @5500rpm, a figure that combines extremely well with the Swift’s kerb weight, including all options, of just 975kg.
Peak power arriving at 5500rpm and 170 lb/ft torque produced between 2500-3500rpm means that this is a car in which to make excellent progress along the highways and byways. Indeed, in just such an experiment the B6451 Farnley Lane, a MotorMartin favourite with corners and elevation changes aplenty, was dispatched by the Suzuki quite effortlessly, the engine remaining in just second and third gear whilst using all the revs available. And in this manner you get a real sense of what the Swift Sport is truly capable of whilst keeping the speeds appropriate for the road and conditions.
This is a car that will cut it in the real world as well as demolishing your favourite ribbon of tarmac. Shopping, the school run and daily commute are all completed comfortably and economically with the Swift achieving up to 50.4mpg when driven sensibly and with a light right foot whilst there’s also a decent boot. Best of both worlds and then some.
The price? The Swift Sport starts at £17,499 and I want one.
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