Suzuki Swift Sport Road Test

Suzuki Swift Sport Interior
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Suzuki Swift Review

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Although the Swift Sport appears to be a very small car, there is reasonable room inside it considering the exterior dimensions. It seats four people, not five, and considering the car’s diminutive size

Comfort and Refinement

Although the Swift Sport appears to be a very small car, there is reasonable room inside it considering the exterior dimensions. It seats four people, not five, and considering the car’s diminutive size, headroom is reasonable front and back for a tallish driver and passengers. Automatic air conditioning is standard, and there is keyless entry, with an engine start button located on the dash.

The interior décor is pleasant and well finished, although you could not describe it as luxurious. There are some classy details, though, such as the leather-covered steering wheel. The instrument display is neatly done and easy to use, with a speedo and rev counter sandwiching an onboard computer read-out in the centre.

Considering the sporty nature of the car, it is pleasantly refined with agreeably low noise levels. The cabin is better insulated from noise intrusion than those of its most obvious rivals. Cruise control is on the standard kit-list, and so are electric door mirrors.

Safety and Security

Seven airbags are standard kit. The car also comes equipped with a brake assist function and standard front seatbelt pre-tensioners. Central locking and an immobiliser are fitted, but the standard kit list does not include an alarm.

Infotainment

The Swift Sport comes with a modest standard audio kit nicely integrated into the dash, with standard CD player and reasonable sound quality. It does not have satnav, but it does have Bluetooth, MP3 and USB connectivity.

Rivals
  • Citroen DS3
  • Mini Cooper S
  • RenaultSport Twingo 133 Gordini
What We Liked
  • Compact size
  • Quick acceleration
  • Sporty bucket seats
  • Well-placed controls
  • Good all-round vision
What We Disliked
  • Not much badge cachet
  • Tiny boot
What We Would Like To See
  • Even more performance
Conclusion

The Swift Sport is an appealing package for anyone who is looking for a compact hot hatch with vibrant performance and a reasonable price tag. The badge doesn’t have much cachet but the car is well-engineered, nicely built and fun to drive.

10 December 2011 Sue Baker
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Suzuki Swift Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSuzuki Swift Sport
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourBright Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.7 seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban33.6 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined44.1 mpg
  
Insurance Group23
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 10/12/11)£13,500

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