Thanks to its punchy engine, great handling and good looks, the Suzuki Swift Sport has for a long time been a favorite among hot hatch enthusiasts.
The sportiest version of Suzuki’s subcompact hatch is now powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter Boosterjet engine that replaces the old naturally aspirated mill.
It provides 44 percent more torque and makes 140 PS (138 hp / 103 kW) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque. Tipping the scales at just 975 kg (2,150 lbs), the Swift Sport accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds and maxes out at 209 km/h (130 mph).
Thus, the Swift Sport has become faster, the good looks are still there and the handling is still one of its strong points. But is it still worth it overall? Depending on what one’s looking for in such a ride, the answer could vary. Sure, there are lots of special touches inside meant to emphasize its sporty character, yet for a car that starts at £16,999 ($21,797/€19,209) in the UK, there are lots of cheap plastics, too.
On the plus side, it offers plenty of kit for your money, such as LED headlights, sat-nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and some driving assistance features.
The rest of the car is in line with the standard models, meaning a comfortable back seat with good headroom and a boot that’s smaller than that of the Ford Fiesta. The latter though costs an extra £2,496 ($3,200/€2,820), though it’s significantly more powerful, so it practically slots above the Swift.
Now, that’s a choice buyers looking for a sporty supermini will have to make on their own, but CarBuyer’s review might make it easier. So, let’s see what they had to say about the latest Suzuki Swift Sport.