New Suzuki Swift Sport Put To The Test; Is It Still A Winner?

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).

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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.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I know that perceived quality is everything to some people but do soft touch plastics make a car drive better?
    Yes, the bits that your hands touch are an important factor in deciding whether that car’s interior is a nice place to be in.

    However, if the steering wheel and gear lever are good quality plastic/leather and the indicators/turn signal stalks feel robust then I think some presenters get a bit too carried away with the notion that the top of the dashboard being hard scratchy plastic is somehow a bad thing.

    After all, how do you think they managed to pare the weight of the Swift down?

    • Julien Lachemoi

      It’s especially true when you consider is not supposed to be a posh or premium car. It’s supposed to be a cheap fun practical sporty box.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    That’s my new car and I’m very happy about it.
    The only direct competitors were the Up GTI and the Abarth 500, but the first was too tiny and not powerful enough and the later was too old and too Italian for my taste.
    My only complain about the Swift is the little screen in the dashboard displaying borderline useless little animations with no real data and the gearbox being neither precise or comfortable to use.

    Other than that, it’s nippy, very easy to live with, economical, cute and sporty and comfy for a daily driver.

    • ace_9

      I was also seriously considering new Swift Sport. But since Suzuki was not selling it in my country until this month (November), I had a lot of time to think about other possible choices and I ended up with a conclusion that Ibiza FR is a much better choice in practically every way, except maybe handling. Did you take Ibiza into consideration too? And just for information, I did not buy the Ibiza. I hate small turbo-engines and since all small and “cheap” warm(-ish) hatchbacks have them, I just gave up on the idea and went for a completely different car.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Not a fan of the Ibiza I must say.
        I didn’t try it so I can’t say what it’s if it’s better or worst than my Swift.
        In what area do you think it’s better ?

        • ace_9

          You don’t even need to try it. Ibiza with 1.5 is a little bit quicker (has more power and torque), more spacious and a little bit cheaper too (this probably depends on a country). And it is more civilized when there is no need to go with pedal to the metal. It also looks more grown-up. However, both last two things can be disadvantages for someone. That is why I’m not saying, Ibiza is better for everyone. But it is objectively better car, since it ticks more boxes. I would be inclined to say, that Swift’s sportiness is outweighing the advantages of Ibiza, but the last generation has lost something from it’s old soul, so I’m surprised that many people considering Swift Sport don’t even think about Ibiza FR. It is a very good choice for someone looking for a small warm-hatch.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Here we go, another delightful car we can’t get in the states! The styling looks good and as a daily driver runabout it would be great.

  • Paul

    The author says “good looks”, Actually I think it’a a homely little crack skipper.


      • Paul

        A crack skipper is a little bitty car or something so very small that it skips from crack to crack down the roadway. This name came from an older guy many many years ago.

  • jfalckt

    Suzuki have perhaps the most interesting and quirkiest model line ups on sale right now. The tiny Ignis SUV, the fantastic new Jimny and this Swift GTi. They should probably ditch the duller Celerio and Baleno models.

    • OdysseyTag

      Swift Sport you mean.

      • jfalckt

        Yup, Swift Sport, I stand corrected 👍

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