Is The New Suzuki Swift Sport The Most Fun You Can Have For The Money?

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has to prove if it still has the fun-to-drive brilliance of its predecessors, a quality that made it so respectable in the petrolhead community.

Entry-level hot hatches were considered a dying breed, but cars like the Swift Sport and the Up! GTI give us hope that there’s still a market for affordable, sharp-handling daily drivers.

The most significant change over the old model is located under the bonnet. Suzuki replaced the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter unit with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that makes 138 HP and 169 lb-ft (230Nm) of torque.

The second most significant change is the new platform. just like the regular Swifts, the Sport is based on a new, lighter and stiffer architecture that enables it to tip the scales at just 970 kg.

Suzuki claims it hits 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.2 seconds, with the Swift Sport able to top out at 130 mph (209 km/h). Having a turbocharged engine also means that fuel economy is improved, with the new model returning a combined 50.4 mpg UK (41.9 mpg US – 5.6 lt/100km).

The downside is that the new Swift Sport is now significantly more expensive than its predecessor and starts from £18,000 in the UK, because of the new engine – or at least what the company says. That brings it a bit too close for comfort to the upcoming Ford Fiesta ST, so it better be good on the road. Is it? Let’s find out what Carwow has to say about it.

  • Bash

    To me – this makes sense more than the polo GTI.

    • ace_9

      But what about Ibiza FR 1.5l ? I would rather choose that one, because it is more practical, looks a little bit better and is a little bit more powerful too.

      • Vassilis

        It’s not sporty though.

        • ace_9

          Oh, sure… if you say so, then it must be true. Despite the numerous reviews.

          • Vassilis

            Show me one review that pits the Ibiza as a Swift Sport competitor. The Swift is a warm hatch. The Ibiza isn’t. It’s a quick and competent supermini.

          • ace_9

            That is because the swift sport just started to be available in some european countries (and still not available in most of them). Reviewers need both cars to be able to directly compare them. Swift might be a little bit more fun to drive, but it is not faster, it is smaller, less refined, less practical, less equipped and so far it seems that it is even a little bit more expensive than 1.5 fr. I would accept a little bit less sporty feeling for all the other advantages. It still is a warm hatch, the same as swift. Just more grown up and practical. I would even say that the seating position is better in ibiza and gear lever is in better place too. And I generally don’t like vw group cars and their TSI engines. But with a 6 year 150k km warranty (in my country), it is hard to ignore it.

          • Vassilis

            As a car I’d choose the Ibiza as well. My point was that for someone looking for a Swift Sport competitor, the Ibiza isn’t sporty enough. It’s more grown up. Also, I can be wrong but I think it’s more expensive.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I believe they come straight from Japan now so that will explain some of the price rise and it’ll be built well.

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