VW Up! GTI Vs Suzuki Swift Sport In Mini-Me Warm Hatch Race

Drag races are always interesting. Or are they? Surely no one is dying to see which of these two small hatches, whose combined output is less than 260 PS, is faster. But Top Gear decided to find out anyway.

We’ll move on to the video in a bit, but before that, let’s see what the deal is with both. The Up! GTI is the smallest and less powerful of the two. It uses a 1.0-liter three-banger, rated at 115 PS (113 hp / 85 kW) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque, and goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.8 seconds.

It’s hard to think of the Up! GTI as a hot hatch, as it’s rather a less costly and smaller alternative to the Polo GTI.

Then again, the Swift Sport isn’t a hot hatch either, but a ‘warm’ one, with a 1.4-liter turbo-four, which provides 140 PS (138 hp / 103 kW) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque. From rest to 100 km/h (0-62 mph), the Japanese supermini is 0.7 seconds faster than its German rival. It also has a higher top speed – 209 km/h (130 mph) compared to 196 km/h (122 mph).

So, on paper, the Swift definitely has the upper hand. Don’t jump into conclusions just yet, though; we also have to account for the fact that, at 997 kg (2,198 pounds,) the Up! is lighter than the Swift Sport, which tips the scales at 1,045 kg (2,303 pounds) – plus, driver skill on making a good start is part of the equation.

Can VW’s smallest GTI turn the tables on the more powerful Swift Sport? Only one way to find out.


  • Christian

    Do like I did… Buy a VW UP GTi… Have it for like 2-3 months, then sell it because you find out that the Swift gives more car for the money… Buy a Swift, loss money – say F it…


    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      It you think that spelling out random letters is clever; well it’s not. COOCK?

  • Julien Lachemoi

    The Swift is actually the lighter of the 2.
    It is my dailydrive and the only complaint I have is the fuel tank being so small. It can be economical but with 37 liters you’re not going very far without stop.

  • Bash

    The swift is my choice here.

  • ast00

    Why would anyone buy the Up GTI? The Swift doesn’t cost more but is better. Simple as that.

    • Callanish

      I don’t know what world you live in where 4500 pounds of a price difference between the Up and the Swift Sport = not costing more. The old Swift Sport was a bargain. The new Swift Sport is now uncomfortably priced close to the Fiesta ST-1’s 197 hp model.

      • ast00

        I live in Hungary and the price difference is below 10% here. And if you consider how much better the Swift is equipped it even comes out to be cheaper.
        I didn’t realize pricing in other regions was that different.

  • EM1

    Aside from the Jimny, the Swift is another model that has potential here. WAKE UP SUZUKI PEOPLE WANT YOUR CARS!

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