Suzuki Swift Sport – the ultimate cheap thrill.
Suzuki is a brand that’s making its mark! Its been in the country for ten years in the country and has a lot to show for it. It has won multiple Cars.co.za Consumer Awards and is the titleholder for the 2019 budget car of the year. June was a milestone for the Japanese automaker as it sold 1 479 new cars outselling the likes of BMW group and Kia. This month it launched the Suzuki Swift Sport – a sporty version of its bestselling car the Suzuki Swift.
How is it different?
As the range-topping model, the Sport is distinguished by 17-inch diamond-cut aluminium wheels and what looks like a faux-carbon-fibre trim on the front and rear bumpers as well as LED headlights. It also gets twin tailpipes and a spoiler at the top of the rear. Other colours besides the very loud Champion Yellow of the launch cars include blue, red, and the usual black, white, and grey.
The cabin has lots of hard-feeling plastic trim and some more pretend carbon, It boasts generous standard equipment including adaptive cruise control, a collision-mitigation system, automatic climate control, and a 4.2-inch central touchscreen with features such as Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, USB connectivity, a reverse camera. The seating position is high,
The Engine, Suspension and Drive
Gone is the 1.6 litre naturally aspirated engine from the predecessor model in favour of Suzuki’s Boosterjet 1.4 turbocharged engine which pushes out 103 kW of power and 230 Nm of torque, that’s 3kW and 70 torque more than the model it replaces. This powerful new engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission with a top speed of 205km/h. We drove both Automatic and Manuals models and found the Manual variant to offer a much more thrilling driving experience, It feels much quicker than Suzuki’s claimed 0- 100 in 8.1 seconds and one can’t help but appreciate the hearty growl that exited the exhaust pipes after heavy throttle inputs.
The Swift’s electrically assisted steering feels too heavy in the first couple of degrees of rotation but becomes much more natural with more lock. The suspension feels soft for a performance hatch, it can lean pretty aggressively in hard corners. But front-end grip is high, and the Swift is happy to carry serious momentum through fast curves and exhibits minimal understeer in slower ones.
Is it worth it?
It is hard to think of a current front-wheel-drive hatchback that offers a purer dynamic experience like the Suzuki Swift Sport and considering the number of standard features that comes with the Sport and its pricing it is, in fact, the Ultimate Cheap Thrill and something you should consider getting.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is priced as follows:
Suzuki Swift Sport Manual -R315 900
Suzuki Swift Sport Automatic R355 000
*Prices include a four-year or 60 000km service plan and a five-year or 200 000km vehicle warranty.