Suzuki’s New Swift Sport – A Review

Suzuki’s Swift Sport always had an audience and though it did have one foot in the 1980s in the hot hatch regard, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

New Model

The new Suzuki Swift Sport was introduced in 2012 and a newer, updated model has been released again ensuring the car is faster, quicker, bigger and more powerful than the previous version – but does it lead to an improvement?

Well, if you’re looking for a car that’s easier to live with and more polished than its predecessor this is it. However, sometimes a bit of the rough stuff is good and Suzuki seems to have taken away some of that rawness – not all people appreciate that.

Two Doors More

We believe at that Suzuki has brought the car into its adulthood and added rear doors and also managed to squeeze and extra seat in the rear to make it a proper five seat car, not a squashed alternative. So, is it getting a little pudgy around the edges?

The car itself comes in at around £14,000, which is a few hundred more than the previous version of the car – though two extra doors cost extra. However, it now comes with LED-type high-mounted rear brake light; ‘auto up’ on the driver’s electric window and an all new Boost Blue metallic paint option.

The car itself is no faster or for that matter slower than the previous auto and you could spend most of your life driving around and it feels exactly the same as the three door model. It’s quite a good drive too and certainly has a decent level of sporty appeal and is very involving. It’s a great car for a B road and has plenty of pace and power and just loves to be taken to the top of the rev range.


Suzuki has equipped the car with a six speed gearbox, meaning there are no flaps or auto rubbish, just old school changing up and down with a shift. If we were to be honest, the car is just as charming in five doors as it was in three – not something every car that gets and extension in size can claim for itself.

Inside it’s not huge and with 211 litres of space inside, as opposed to Ford Fiesta’s 295l it’s quite small. The black interior is also a little dull, but on the upside is nice and simple and very well built – so there are no worries about wear and tear. It’s well equipped too and comes with air conditioning, keyless entry, push-button start, climate control, front fogs, HID headlights and tinted rear glass coming as standard.

NA and Fuel Consumption

The car returns 44.1mpg and produces 147g/km of CO2 so it’s nothing spectacular in those terms at all. It’s quite revving hungry car and naturally aspirated so that’s something you can expect from a car of this ilk.

Overall, we do like the little Suzuki, it’s an excellent drive, well equipped and has a reasonable amount of room and is quite punchy for its price. Because of Suzuki’s branding and the slightly dull interior it’s more than likely going to be one for the enthusiasts though. That said, it’s a lovely little junior hot hatch.

Dean Saliba

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