Suzuki hasn’t gone with the latest trend with a turbo. Instead they have gone back to what a hot hatch is all about; light weight, balanced sharp handling and N/A configuration.
We are reviewing my SSS with 6 speed man (owned 5 months).
The Swift Sport has a 1.6L VVT engine that produces 100kW/160Nm and weighs 1045kg.
With this Swift Sport they have completely redesigned the interior with aggressively contoured seats, luxuries like sat nav, iPod connectivity, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, cruise control.
Due to the boxy styling the SSS has a really spacious interior for a car in this class. Also it happens to be shorter and is the same weight as the new MX-5 but yet seats 5 people in comfort.
On the outside with a new diffuser look and twin exhaust and all the body panels are new. 17" wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza 45 profile tyres, 30% stiffer rear, 15% stiffer up front.
Suzuki has achieved perfect balance between comfort and sharp handling.
Nothing in this class comes close to the SSS in terms of the fuel economy I’ve been able to achieve. In about 70% city and 30% highway driving I have been able to achieve 5.1 l/100km.
I personally prefer the styling over the competitors; Kia Proceed GT, Polo GTi, Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru Impreza and it's $2,000 - $5,000 cheaper. And the Swift comes fully equipped where the others miss out of some of the options on the entry level.
I’ve taken it to Marulan driver training centre and Wakefield Park to put it through its paces and for a city runabout it is all smiles as it corners with lots of mechanical grip, while still achieving less than 7.5l/100km.
My final verdict on the Suzuki Swift Sport is that nothing comes close in terms of value for money, fuel economy, reliability, running costs and endless driving fun without breaking the bank (especially for young car enthusiasts). For me it’s the closest thing to and 86GT with 5 doors for under $35k.