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Suzuki Swift Sport Review

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"Hybrid adds expense not pace"
  • Launched: 2018
  • Hot hatch
  • Petrol

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Very well equipped
  • Nimble handling
  • Low running costs

Cons

  • Steep list price
  • Tardy performance
  • High speed refinement

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Suzuki Swift Sport Front View

Overall verdict

Suzuki Swift Sport Drivers Seat

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Overall verdict

"There have been two significant changes for the Suzuki Swift Sport since this generation arrived in 2018. Firstly, the car was launched with a turbo petrol engine, so saying goodbye to the older non-turbo motor that did so much to endear this mildly warm hatch to so many."

Suzuki Swift Sport Front View

The new engine may have been smaller in capacity, toting 1.4-litres to the previous motor’s 1.6-litre size, but the addition of the turbo boosted power to 140PS. 


As a result, the Swift Sport was a much better drive without the need to thrash the engine just to access the power. It was far nicer at everyday speeds too with a less frantic nature and much stronger in-gear acceleration.


On paper it accelerated from 0-62mph in around 8.1 seconds, so wasn’t quite a hot hatch, but did compete alongside 'warm' alternatives like the SEAT Ibiza FR 1.5 TSI Evo and Ford Fiesta ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost 140.


So far, so good. Then Suzuki got all zeitgeist-y and made the Swift Sport a petrol-electric hybrid. Not a plug-in hybrid or one with an enormous electric motor, just a mild hybrid. Overall, it means power for the Swift Sport has dropped to 129PS while mid-rev shove has risen by a modest 5Nm to 235Nm at 2000rpm.


Fortunately, Suzuki has kept the six-speed manual gearbox as fitted to the old Sport, but performance has suffered and the Swift Sport now takes 9.1 seconds to get from a standing start to 62mph, while top speed is 130mph. Neither is going to blow the socks of performance car fans, especially when the Sport’s price jumped by £3500 with the addition of hybrid tech.


Suzuki argues the latest Swift Sport comes with more standard equipment and that it’s cleaner and more economical. All of this is undoubtedly, unequivocally true, but it’s also a fact the far superior Ford Fiesta ST can be had for the same sort of money.


Take a look at the Swift Sport as a range-topping version of the Suzuki Swift small hatch and it’s a more appealing prospect as it does have a lot of enticing kit as standard. It also looks good in a gently sporting manner and it still deals with corners in an enthusiastic fashion.


There’s also the fact the Swift comes as a five-door only model, so it’s more practical than other small hatchback-derived hot hatches.


Yet the problem remains that on scale of bang for buck, the Suzuki Swift has got worse not better with its latest revision. It’s hard not to miss the earlier 1.4-litre non-hybrid model for its chirpily uncomplicated approach and appeal.


Is the Suzuki Swift Sport right for you?

Suzuki has pulled off a lot of good things with the Swift Sport over the years, offering those who want some fun in their daily drive an affordable dose of excitement. The Sport has always majored more on its handling prowess than outright speed, but the addition of the 1.4-litre turbocharged  BoosterJet engine at this generation’s launch in 2018 was a good omen.


The Swift Sport now had an engine that delivered decent pace at revs where the engine didn’t feel it was about to make a bid for freedom from under the bonnet. It pulled well at higher revs too, so the  BoosterJet motor was ideal


The Suzuki added mild-hybrid technology, which has added weight, blunted performance and upped the price considerably. It all means the Swift Sport is not painted into a corner against pricier and extremely talented opposition, such as the Ford Fiesta ST, which makes it very hard to see why anyone would choose the Suzuki.


What's the best Suzuki Swift Sport model/engine to choose?

As with most hot hatch derivatives of small hatchbacks, the Suzuki Swift Sport is offered with a single engine and trim. So, you get a 1.4-litre  BoosterJet four-cylinder turbo petrol motor with six-speed manual gearbox. It comes with 129PS and 235Nm of low- and mid-rev shove, which is enough to see the Sport from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds.


All Swift Sports are five-door models and they come with 17-inch alloy wheels, twin exhausts, rear privacy glass, and the usual array of spoilers for a hot hatch. You also get handy kit such as all-round parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and keyless entry and ignition.


The interior offers air conditioning, electric windows all round, a parking camera, and a 7-inch infotainment system with touchscreen and sat-nav.


That’s a fair bit of kit to cram into a small hatch, but then the Swift Sport is pricey when compared to most rivals of similar performance and power.


What other cars are similar to Suzuki Swift Sport?

Finding rivals to the Suzuki Swift Sport is tricky as anything at the same price is much quicker, while similarly performing competitors are cheaper. So, the Volkswagen Up GTI and Suzuki Abarth 595 are both notably less expensive and more fun to drive than the Sport.


At the same sort of money, the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI are much faster and true hot hatches compared to the Suzuki’s luke warm hatch status. All of which leaves the Swift Sport in No Man’s Land rather than its own niche.


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Suzuki Swift Sport Drivers Seat

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Suzuki Swift Sport Right Side View

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Suzuki Swift Sport Rim

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Suzuki Swift Sport Rear View

Prices and Specs

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