Suzuki Swift has reached its third generation, and the Sport version presents an exciting, stylish body and a new turbo engine.
There are three basic exterior features particular for this vehicle: a dynamic front, 17-inch wheels mounted in the fender slots and a pair of exhaust pipes on each side of the rear bumper. The distinctive yellow paint suits it well.
Behind the Wheel
The cockpit provides the driver with everything that such a vehicle should have. We can start with an anatomically shaped seat, which has a Sport emblem on the backrest, including aluminum pedals, and a trendy red-black interior combination with red stitches. The flat lower part of the steering wheel fits well in the palms, and the controls for particular functions are there too. Well-dimensioned touch screen, located in the center of the dashboard, is easy to read, but it should be placed a little higher. In terms of length, the Swift is shorter compared to small car rivals. After the last update, it has lost some weight (975 kg), although body rigidity has increased. Small figures or children will find space at the back; there is less space in the elbow hight. The capacity of the luggage compartment remained 265 l. Folding the rear seat gives you space to carry a large purchase (947 liters).
The drive unit was taken over by the 1.4 Boosterjet supercharged engine with a maximum output 103 kW (140 hp)/5500 rpm and a 230 Nm/2500-3500 rpm torque. It possesses enough flexibility and feels good, especially in the range 2000-4500 rpm. A light vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1, reaching a top speed of 210 km/h. The unit works with a 6-speed manual transmission; the gear lever moves smoothly and accurately on the tracks. The wheels in the corners of the body have a slightly larger alignment than the predecessor, the refined design and tuning of the chassis are a guarantee of “playful” driving characteristics. In Swift Sport you can enjoy the great fun from bent roads, or with its agile and swift control in the city. It responds readily to steering wheel instructions and reliably maintains track when cornering. The suspension is not too hard; there is a sufficient degree of comfort which guarantees excellent driving characteristics. The consumption, according to the manufacturer, is 6.0 l of gasoline/100 km (according to WLTP).
Swift Sport may be mainly attractive for young people, but also those who have “more checks,” and are familiar with the driving dynamics. For its purchase, it is necessary to prepare EUR 18 600, which will provide the new owner with a rich set of features. There is also an opportunity to add extra elements for exterior and interior.
Text:Peter Stano, photo:Suzuki