This month motoring journalist Sue Cooke, takes to the road with the Suzuki Swift Sport
Facts at a Glance:
Model: Suzuki Swift Sport | Price: From £16,499 our | Engine: 1.4 litre Boosterjet turbocharged | Performance: 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 130 mph | CO2 emissions: 125g/km | Combined fuel consumption: 50.4mpg
It was the type of reaction I usually get when I am driving a very expensive sports car. As I came out of Halfords a man walked towards me, pointing at the Suzuki Swift Sport I was road testing. He actually said: “Beautiful. Twin exhaust at the back too. What litre is she? Is she fast?”
The compact sport supermini was launched in June this year and its sporty exterior is attractive with polished 17-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door mirrors and privacy glass. The five door also has an attractive price for a sports car, starting at £16,499. The road test car arrived in solid black and there are five metallic colours to choose from at no extra cost. The exclusive Champion Yellow body colour originates from the Suzuki Works Junior Rally Car.
The interior is compact but I found plenty of room for my legs. There aren’t enough storage spaces and the only covered space is the glovebox, so anything that needs to remain out of sight, has to go in the boot. Five doors are so much easier for rear passengers who are getting in and out. The exterior look hasn’t been compromised as the door handles are discreetly hidden in the window surround.
The cabin has a sporty interior trim with red accents to the dashboard and console areas. The seats are semi bucket and I found them supportive. Rear seats will hold three average adults with decent leg space. Boot space is 265 litres, which with seatback folded rises to 579 litres.
On one particularly hot day as my temperature rose, the automatic air conditioning kicked in with cooler air, which really impressed me. It’s not a basic equipment car at all and comes with lane departure warning. When the car is travelling at approximately 37mph and up to 100mph (where permitted) and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel. A warning indicator also lights up in the instrument cluster. As an additional feature there is an automatic input from the steering wheel to ensure the car remains in the lane. But I did find that I was fighting with the steering at times, which made driving tiring.
Impressive specification includes Dual Sensor Brake Support, Adaptive Cruise Control, Smartphone link display audio, rear view camera, front fog lamps, satellite navigation, LED daytime running lights, rear electric windows and DAB radio with Bluetooth and six speakers.
There are six airbags and an advanced forward detection system that supports numerous safety technologies.
For those interested in the technicalities like the man at Halfords, Suzuki’s flagship sports model has advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models which have been further refined in the new model. So, there is greater driving stability, optimised roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response.
The Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4 lite Boosterjet turbocharged engine which has an output of 140PS and reaches 62mph in 8.1 seconds and it is quick! There is 44 per cent more torque than the previous model but there is an enhanced braking system to match the additional performance available. Suzuki says this engine offers the same level of power and torque as that from a normally aspirated 2 litre engine.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a sporty choice but with a host of safety technologies and practicalities which are actually affordable.