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Suzuki Swift Sport (2018–)

Last updated 16 October 2018

Powered by impressive and spirited 1.4 BoosterJet engine. Economical for a sporty hatch. Good fun to drive.
List price for fully equipped Swift Sport only £1000 less than base model Ford Fiesta ST. Lots of road noise at motorway speeds.
Updated 16 May 2018
Swift Sport launched in the UK

Standard equipment includes unique sport interior trim with semi bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas, six airbags, auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, leather steering...

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Introduction

It's all change for this generation of the Suzuki Swift Sport with a new 1.4 BoosterJet engine, already used in the Vitara, replacing the old 1.6-litre 16v petrol that's been used in the previous two models.

It may be a smaller engine, but the fact it is turbocharged means much better performance and an increase in power, with 140PS and - more significantly - a 70Nm boost in torque, now up to 230Nm.

As a result the Swift Sport is a much better drive without the need to thrash the engine just to access the power. It's far nicer at everyday speeds too with a less frantic nature and much stronger in-gear acceleration.

On paper it accelerates from 0-62mph in around eight seconds, so it’s not quite a hot hatch, but does compete alongside 'warm' alternatives like the SEAT Ibiza FR 1.5 TSI Evo and Ford Fiesta ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost 140.

Setting the Sport model apart from the standard Swift are more aggressive front and rear bumpers, along with twin tailpipes and a spoiler. Inside there are red details and more supportive seats, but that’s about all that differentiates the Sport from lesser models.

On the plus side, equipment is generous with a navigation touchscreen as standard. This supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus there are lots of safety features including auto emergency brakes, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise. 

It's good fun to drive with sharp steering, little body roll in corners and a decent six-speed manual gearbox. That all adds to the peppy BoosterJet engine which also proves economical, helped by the fact the Sport weighs in at less than 1000kg.

The one big thorn in the side of the Swift Sport is the price tag. Suzuki chose to introduce it fully equipped with active cruise control, metallic paint, touchscreen satnav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice controls and even a reversing camera. It lists at £18,000 which is £3000 more than its predecessor. And then there's the small matter of the 2018 Fiesta ST. This starts at £19,000 for the base model (£22,000 for an equivalent spec), yet is significantly more powerful and far more refined with a better cabin.

While we think the Swift Sport is a great little sporty hatch, it's hard to recommend when the much better Fiesta ST is only £1000 more, albeit in base spec. The good news is that Suzuki often has offers and deals running. At launch the Swift Sport came with £1500 off and at that money it looks much more appealing.

Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 Road Test

 

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