Suzuki Swift Sport 2019
It is a novel idea. You start with a simple mass-market hatchback facility, then you throw a bigger turbocharged engine (literally from an SUV), give it some upgrades so it’s not entirely difficult to use. Use and call it a day.
It may seem like a clear and easy move to attract enthusiasts, but the rest of the Japanese carmakers, still reeling from the country with long and painful economic stagnation, instead. which offers safe semi-luxury aura variants for their small hatch range.
Although Suzuki Suzuki is very interested in the fun factor, and the brand brings cars like the new Jimny 4×4 and the one rated here, the Suzuki Swift Sport runs long.
It’s one of Japan’s last hot-hatches in this segment, but is it as interesting as it looks? I spent a week in one to find out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Our Swift Sport is an accompanying guide, before going on the road, at $ 25,490. Undeniably, a lot of cash for a hatch of this size. Leading models from traditional Japanese rivals include Mazda2 (Genki, $ 21,140), Toyota Yaris (ZR, 22,670) and Honda Jazz (VTi-L, $ 22,990), all significantly cheaper. .
Nobody gets a 1.4-liter turbo engine from an SUV, although in fact, the closest you can meet the true Swift Sport rival is the Kia Rio GT-Line, which has similar sporty styling and a three-pack -1.0 liter cylinder engine.
Swift Sport comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels covered with aggressive rubber, a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, integrated sat-nav, full LED headlights. (auto headlights, LED and fog lights), carbon fiber trim, front seat seats, D-shaped leather steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition start.
Phew, that’s a lot of kit. Swift Sport also has all the safety tweaks available elsewhere within Swift, read more about that in the safety section of this review.
Suzuki has also reworked the suspension for this model only and offers either a six-speed manual (as tested here) or a six-speed torque converter automatic (in line with the CVT). last generation) for a price higher than $ 2000.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Does this car look fun? It has all the cute charms of the regular Swift range, but adds a host of aggressiveness to the mix, courtesy of a wider, chunkier front bumper, LED light clusters that look almost like Jaguar Fs. -Type, giant alloy wheels, and dual exhaust ports cling to the back.
This car completely possesses the ‘Champion Yellow’ color that it is painted, really bringing out the most of the black highlights on the bumpers and through the window line.
Touch like integrated door handles at the back, small spoiler on the rear and Swift Swift signature convex windshield adds a certain polish to the small car design. The top models of competitors just don’t have anywhere near the presence of Sport.
Inside, the Sport has a fairly large amount of sight, with a set of embossed bucket seats, a D-shaped steering wheel that vaguely reminiscent of an Audi helmet and a single silver dashboard. Simple but effective.
Sport has a few extra features for the screen embedded between the dials, with interesting reading for turbo pressure, G force and power / torque graphs.
The rest of the dash consists of inexpensive resins similar to the rest of the Swift range, so don hope it will be better to the touch. Nor am I completely sold on the red highlights scattered about seemingly for its sake. The glossy finish on them (and some other surfaces) looks awkward.
How realistic is the inner space? 6/10
Swift Sport is a focused job ahead. Drivers benefit from telescopic steering wheel adjustment and the front seats offer excellent legroom and excellent maneuverability in corners thanks to their bucket design.
They even have sponges and support for comfort, wear a reasonably synthetic fabric and sit in a low position to drive. Front seaters also get a lion’s share of what small cabin storage is provided, with cupholders at the entrance, a groove under the dashboard and a glove box.
Rear passengers have nothing next to. The rear seat seems to be a single sponge without borders, there are small bottles at the door and an oddly small groove between the front seats for furniture. To rub it, the window line is quite high, and the unlimited space of the slope contour.
The media system is a bit confusing, but you can fix that with phone mirroring, and for some reason, the camera reverses super bright, with glare that makes it hard to see in a mirror. wings to control at night.
Visibility is great at the front, but the large C column creates a bit of blindness behind.
Boot is a sad state of the problem, and a consistent Swift weakness. With 265 liters, it outperforms most rivals in the segment, except for the Mazda2. Unlike the Kia Rio, even ordering the rear seats down provides a surprisingly limited space.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
I admire the simplicity behind this. Swift Sport has a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, falling quite a lot compared to the Vitara Turbo.
Therefore, the small Swift (and usually under 85kW) is increased to 103kW / 230Nm. Those are huge power figures, for sure, but Swift is only 970kg light.
For me, Swift Sport scored bonus points when it was still offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox – a geek pleasure.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
The Swift Sport has a claimed / combined fuel consumption of 6.1L / 100km and after a week of thoroughly enjoying the manual transmission, I was surprised to produce 6.4L / 100km.
On my final test of Sport, I achieved 8.0L / 100km for a number of reasons, so expect that number to change if you drive it as you want to drive every day.
Those numbers may be a bit higher than some competitors, but I can tell you the fun factor rather than make up for it.
On the downside, you’ll have to fill up the intermediate 95 RON fuel.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
You can buy cars faster than Swift Sport, but will you really make the most money? Consider this, with Swift Sport, you can extract nearly every last fun that this car offers as you drive it around every day, all without breaking the law.
It’s only built to make mundane days going on around the low speed limit roads putting a smile on your face. The engine soared, the wheels screeched off the line and before you knew it shot through the gears, intertwined between the slow-moving people, but it took it all over. You can do it all while staying within the speed limit.
It’s also never old, despite checking this car three times last year, I still felt a sense of irresponsibility when I placed my eyes on it with a key in hand.
I said this when I first rated Swift Sport, but it was all the hottest buyers most buyers would really need. Sure, you can spend more and get more performance out of really hot Euros of the same size as Peugeot 208 GTi (RIP) and Renault Clio RS, but you’ll need to keep an eye out for really. Check your limits.
Plus, Swift is a more suitable daily driver. The suspension has been reworked over the conventional Swift range to make it more confident around corners, but it has been made so stiff that you cringe when you spot a pothole approaching too late.
And the steering system has been intelligently designed to enhance stiffness when there’s an opportunity to control torque – keep the wheels in the right direction, and the manual gearbox is forgiving in traffic.