Suzuki Swift by name and

Albany Extra - - MOTORING - EWAN KENNEDY

Suzuki has been pro­duc­ing small sporty cars for many years.

Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween the stan­dard and Swift Sport mod­els is easy, with the lat­ter in­te­grat­ing a bolder front pro­file and a more as­sertive rear. The bold front grille, side skirts and roof spoiler all add to the Sport in the lit­tle Suzuki’s name.

It sits on open-spoke black lus­tre 17-inch al­loy wheels with pol­ished fea­ture edg­ing and it has 195/45 R17 se­ries tyres. It has twin ex­haust tailpipes. There’s a new two-tone colour, flame orange with a black roof, which looked bril­liant on our test car. There is also a yel­low as a sports colour. Other op­tions fit­ted to the Suzuki by the Queens­land im­porter in­clude burn­ing red, blue and min­eral grey me­tallics along with white and black pearls.

The race-bred them­ing is car­ried through to the in­te­rior with firm bucket seats, red for­mula-faced in­stru­men­ta­tion, al­loy ped­als and styling ac­cents.

The lat­est up­grade also in­cludes a new dig­i­tal speedo in the 4.2-inch cen­tre in­for­ma­tion dis­play panel be­tween the tacho and a tra­di­tional speedome­ter.

Swift Sport has a six-speaker sys­tem. Smart­phone link­age dis­plays au­dio plus nav­i­ga­tion and Blue­tooth.

Pow­er­ing the Swift Sport Turbo is a 1.4-litre in-line four-cylin­der 16-valve en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing on the in­let side. It pro­duces 103kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

The en­gine is a high-tech unit with di­rect-in­jec­tion, seven-hole in­jec­tor noz­zles in­ject­ing fuel di­rectly into the com­bus­tion cham­ber, pis­ton-cool­ing jets, an oil cooler and an in­ter­cooler. The turbo is mounted on the cylin­der head di­rectly at the end of the built-in ex­haust man­i­fold.

Suzuki Swift Sport Turbo can be paired with a six-speed man­ual or a six-speed au­to­matic.

The al­ready good five-star safety rat­ing of Suzuki’s Swift Sport Turbo has been fur­ther en­hanced as part of the 2020 up­grade.

It now has blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, a rear cross-traf­fic alert sys­tem and heaters on the out­side mir­rors to demist them.

These are in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and a weav­ing alert, hill holder, and high beam as­sist which au­to­mat­i­cally switches the head­lamps be­tween high beam and low beam de­pend­ing on sur­round­ing con­di­tions.

Should you, or another driver, crash there are front, side and cur­tain air bags.

En­gine per­for­mance is ex­cel­lent, with min­i­mal turbo lag fol­lowed by a nice surge of

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