2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Review

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The Suzuki Swift Sport has always been up there with one of the very best in the hot supermini class. It’s shorter than its Ford Fiesta ST rival, which makes up for its significantly less power under the hood. However, sporty steering and suspension tuning complement its smaller dimensions, putting it up there with being just as fun to drive.

Suzuki has decided to swap the turbocharged 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine for a hybrid version, with a fair sacrifice in power too. With that being said, the exchange for a combined efficiency of 50.1mpg (according to Suzuki) could appeal to the more savvy driver.

With emissions down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, can auto manufacturers still give us the same zeal for thrilling performance while simultaneously pleasing regulators? Find out whether the end is nigh for souped-up mini motors in this review of the new Suzuki Swift Sport.

Suzuki Swift Sport

Engines

All new Suzuki Swift Sport models use the same hybrid engine found in the Vitara – a mild-hybrid unit with four cylinders which uses a combination of petrol and battery power.

The electrified part of the powertrain uses a 48V power pack which cuts CO2 emissions from 135g/km down to 127g/km. Although it doesn’t sound much, you’ll bag £25 in your back burner when it comes to the first year of tax by being in a lower bracket.

Official performance figures are a tad disappointing on paper. An additional 55kg from the battery and 9bhp less than previous models shows when you look at acceleration stats. The good news is that it still weighs in at 45kg lighter than the shorter and slimmer Volkswagen Up GTI.

According to Suzuki, 0-62mph takes 9.1 seconds, and the car maxes out at 130mph. Unfortunately, that’s a whole second slower in a sprint than older versions. The silver lining is that its top speed stays the same as before.

Most importantly though is the difference in the torque band. A lot of the car’s ‘oomph’ came at the 3,000rpm range in third gear, which was perfect for achieving enough power for overtaking scenarios. The introduction of the coupled battery power has meant this happens more widely across the rev range, so progression in each gear is very swift (pardon the pun).

Styling

Suzuki Swift Sport Review

From the outside, new Suzuki Swift Sport models still get the aggressive bodystyling which is synonymous with this car and its rivals.

17″ alloy wheels with the branded ‘S’ in the centre caps pair up nicely with the same meshed grille, twin exhaust system and bulky front bumper. Overall, its a lovely looking car.

Speaking of attractive looks, the same brilliant colour options are available so that you can personalise your hot Swift with metallic or even dual-tone paint with a contrasting black roof (though this is a £165 extra). Signature ‘Champion Yellow’ is the only exception to the rule, and will undoubtedly appeal to those wanting to add even more conspicuousness to this head-turner.

If you’ve got a bit extra budget and want to make your Swift more splash than it already is, you’ll be glad to know that Suzuki has thrown in various body decal sets and styling options to let you achieve this. Some examples include:

  • Deluxe carpet mats with ‘Sport’ logo
  • Door mirror covers in black pearl
  • Wheel centre caps and bolt covers in Champion Yellow
  • Wheel decal set in Speedy Blue/Champion Yellow/Burning red
  • Full stripe set

Features

You won’t be left disappointed by the level of standard equipment in the new Suzuki Swift Sport. In fact, it’s common for these performance superminis to include some of the most modern technology as the demand for greater versatility and all-round comfort in cars is up.

Here’s what each model comes ready with.

Suzuki Swift Sport interior

Comfort and convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 4.2″ colour LCD display
  • Rear parking camera and rear sensors
  • Supportive sports seats with exclusive ‘Sport’ upholstery
  • Sporty leather three-spoke steering wheel
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring
  • Sport dashboard with analogue rev counter and speedometer
  • Engine auto stop/start system
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Driver’s foot rest
  • 12V accessory socket in centre console

Entertainment and communication

  • Navigation system
  • Smartphone linkage display audio
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB and aux connectors in console box
  • DAB radio

Heating and visibility

  • Automatic air con
  • Pollen filter
  • LED headlights and LED rear combination lights
  • Automatic headlights with automatic headlight levelling
  • Guide me home light
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Door mirrors with blind spot monitor indicator
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Rear window demister

Safety

  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • High beam assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system and indicator
  • Foot-protecting brake and clutch pedals
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist function

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central door locking
  • Security alarm
  • Deadlocks

Storage

  • 265-litre boot
  • Three cupholders (two in the front, one in the rear)
  • Glove box
  • Centre console with storage
  • Centre lower box
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Four bottle holders (two in the front, two in the rear)

Styling

  • 17″ alloy wheels with polished finish
  • Green tinted windows
  • Rear upper spoiler
  • Side under spoiler
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Body colour exterior door handles and mirrors
  • Body coloured A and B pillars
  • Three-spoke leather steering wheel

Owning

Priced from £21,879, the new Suzuki Swift Sport is a tad more expensive than the pint-sized VW Up GTI (£16,540). However, you should note that the Suzuki is packed with much more safety and convenience technology, is more practical and performs better on the road.

The new hybrid engine in the Swift Sport is likely going to bring the insurance group down. In its previous guise, the car fell into a fairly respectable group of 19, which on paper is likely to be more expensive than the Up GTI (17), but less than the larger, more powerful Fiesta ST (28).

Based on current road tax rates, the first year of road tax (if you’re not leasing the car) will cost £155, followed by the standard flat rate of £145 per year for all petrol and diesel models.

Interested in the new Suzuki Swift Sport, but don’t want to pay a large sum upfront? Then why not consider leasing one? With Moneyshake’s Suzuki Swift lease deals, you can find your new Swift Sport at an affordable monthly price.

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