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Suzuki Swift Sport road test

by Stephen Walker

15th September, 2008

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When we first drove the Suzuki Swift Sport we mentioned that the Swift is one of the best light cars in Australia. And nothing has changed. For over 3 years, the tiny Suzuki Swift has been bringing folks into Suzuki dealerships across the country in big numbers. In fact, Suzuki Australia is in a position where it seems they can do no wrong.

But now it's time to reacquaint ourselves with the Swift Sport. Certainly, one thing is obvious, a bright shade of yellow is going to make this car a stand-out on any 'streetscape'. Champion Yellow is just one of six colours available for the 'Sport'. A revision in the specifications of this popular model provides an excellent opportunity to have another 'run' in the sportiest Swift on the Australian market. ESP, a highly respected safety component, is now standard on the Swift Sport, being added during a recent update. (copyright image)
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On the road, the Suzuki Swift is an easy car to manage. Although the Swift Sport has a firm ride, it is easy to live with. Power still comes from the 1.6 litre VVT 4-cylinder engine, with an output of 92 kW at 6,800 rpm. This provides handy performance, rather than startling performance. Gear changes are a little 'notchy' but with short 'throws' the on-road driveability of this sporty Swift is engaging if you enjoy keeping the revs up. A five-speed manual gearbox is the only choice in the transmission department.

Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels, Monroe shock absorbers, disc brakes (4), rear spoiler, along with features that are standard with other Suzuki Swift models. These include power steering, electric windows (front & rear), central door locking, remote controlled door locks, air conditioning, CD stereo with MP3 function with steering wheel audio switches and speed sensing volume control, 6 speakers, tachometer, clock, outside temperature gauge, fuel consumption gauge (instantaneous or average), driverís seat height adjuster, 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest, three rear head restraints and a leather covered steering wheel.

Priced at $23,990 (RRP), the Swift Sport is competitively priced against other 'enhanced' light cars.

Fuel usage is suggested to be 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle, compared to 6.3 litres/100 kms for the manual 1.5 litre regular Swift models.

On the inside, the body hugging front seats with integrated head restraints dominate the interior. Although comfortable, the front seats are huge! A footrest for the driver's left foot is fitted, in the traditional manner for a sporty car. Whilst the alloy-look foot pedals are a nice touch in a car such as the Suzuki Swift Sport. Other trim elements are of a sporty nature too. (copyright image)

There is no cruise control on the Suzuki Swift Sport, although it is available with regular Swift models it is not available at all on the Swift Sport. The narrow front door pockets are suitable for CD storage.

The steering wheel adjusts for height, but not for reach. Six airbags are fitted, a good move with Suzuki recognising that motorists identify with the desirability of this compelling safety aspect.

Our 598 kms around Sydney and the NSW central coast proved, yet again, that the Suzuki Swift is a highly successful design. The 'Sport' version simply adds a little panache to the package which I have held in high esteem since 2005.

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