New Swift gains a turbo
They say that good things come in small packages, and in the case of the Suzuki Swift Sport, that was very true. It was a little cracker of a hatchback with a rev-happy engine and a kerb weight that made rivals look rather portly. This all-new, third-generation Swift Sport – now turbocharged for the first time - aims to stick to the small, affordable and fun recipe in order to keep the hot Swift punching above its weight.
The Swift Sport inherits the funky looks of the car on which it’s based, but adds some of its own sporting flair. A more distinctive front bumper, dual exhaust pipes, contrasting faux-carbonfibre skirting and 17-inch alloys that fill the arches makes for a sharp supermini. Our test car looked particularly vibrant in a rally-inspired shade of yellow, but if that’s not your bag, there are five other colours to choose from at no cost.
Things coming as standard is quite a theme with this Swift Sport. Suzuki are offering just one trim level that’s loaded with kit, so much so that there’s no option boxes to tick. Inside you’ll find things like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, a host of safety tech, keyless ignition and a reversing camera. But the highlight of the cabin has to be the sports seats with their red detailing and large bolsters. They offer excellent support around your ribs and shoulders for those times when the road ahead gets a bit more exciting. It’s a shame that the rest of the interior, while interesting to look at with contrasting red trim, is made up of hard plastics. The cabin feels durable, sure, but you’re in no doubt that this is a budget car.