The terms hot hatch and affordability don’tcome together very often – and you would assume that when they do it would result insomething pretty lacklustre.
Well, in the case of the Suzuki Swift Sport, this couldn’tbe further from the truth.
But first, let’s get some perspective.
TheSuzuki Swift Sport, is a specially tuned, sportier version of the standard Swift supermini,with the second-generation model launching back in 2012.
It has a roof spoiler, 17-inchalloys, dual exhausts and blackened A and B pillars, all of which make it look moredashing.
It also starts from just £13,999, which is £900 more than the top-grade SX4Swift model.
But that £900 doesn’t just get you fancyexterior tweaks No, it also brings a snappier six-speed manualgearbox and a reworked chassis, making it much more entertaining to drive.
There isalso a 1.
6-litre 16 valve petrol engine producing 134bhp which delivers a 0-62mph sprint timeof just 8.
7 seconds and a top speed of 121mph.
Now, you may be thinking ‘for a hot hatch,those figures don’t seem all that impressive’, but bounce the rev counter up into the redzone and you will be surprised just how much fun you can have.
And the roar from the 1.
6petrol actually sounds quite menacing.
Throw it into corners and it is very composed,with great grip and almost no body roll.
The ride does feel ever so slightly firmer, butthis enhances its sporty performance more than it upsets comfort levels.
It’s notquite as agile as the Mini Cooper, but it is very entertaining none the less.
If you push the Swift Sport too far in the bends then you will get a bit of understeer,but this acts as a kind of safety net to show you where its limits are, which is importantwhen you consider that younger drivers are likely to be behind the wheel.
The truth is, if you really want to get the most out of the Swift Sport, you will haveto play your part and wrestle with it a little, but that’s what it’s all about.
Unlikesome hot hatches that merely rely on you to put your foot down and have a turbochargerdo the work, the Swift Sport requires you to form a close bond with the gearbox andkeep your eye on the revs.
Aside to its fun-factor, it can easily slipback into its city cruiser character, meaning it is very easy to live with on a day to daybasis.
Useful kit like DAB digital radio, air-conditioning,Bluetooth and sat-nav also make sure it ticks some essential lifestyle boxes.
Speaking ofboxes, you won’t fit many in its small boot, which is the same size as the standard Swift,but for more details on practicality you can watch our previous video of the Swift.
Onething I will say is that the Swift Sport is available in both three and five door bodystyles, as of 2013.
There may be a few gripes with regards tosome of the materials used in the cabin, or with the fact that it emits 147g/km of CO2and will realistically return around 35mpg.
But its price tag of just £13,999 means itis incredibly good value to buy in the first place.
One of its best qualities is that it manages to not only avoid tarnishing what makes thestandard model great, but it successfully injects some adrenaline and makes it worthyof a Sport badge on its rear.
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