Sport­ing chance

Global re­call leaves a dent but this lit­tle dy­namo should shake off con­cerns — quickly

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

top-sell­ing model due to a de­fect that may lead to petrol leaks. About 109,000 Swifts that had been man­u­fac­tured be­tween Septem­ber 2010 and April 2012 were re­called glob­ally.

Our lat­est long-ter­mer es­caped the re­call, but not the stigma now at­tached to it. Which shouldn’t take long to shake off, for there is good rea­son that the Swift is Suzuki’s big­gest seller. It’s just a bloody good lit­tle jig­ger. Cheap to buy and run with ex­cel­lent spec and safety, the top-spec Sport model’s tunedup en­gine, stiffer sus­pen­sion and ex­tra good­ies make it a prime can­di­date for city dwellers who need com­pact trans­port by day, and a bit more spirit on week­end es­capes.

But will it prove to be worth the price hike over the pop­u­lar base car— and live up to its name as a mini hot-hatch al­ter­na­tive?

VALUE

The Sport is its top-of-the-line vari­ant, start­ing at $23,990 for our six-speed man­ual, and $2000 more for a CVT auto with pad­dle shifters.

Some may baulk at the price, par­tic­u­larly when the base car sells from $15,990.

The price pre­mium brings a power and torque bump of 30kW/30Nm, and the ad­di­tion of 17-inch multi-spoke al­loy wheels, bi-xenon head­lights, key­less en­try and start, cruise con­trol, cli­mate con­trol air­con, Blue­tooth phone and au­dio.

The eye-pop­ping yel­low hue is ex­clu­sive to the Sport mod­els is the only op­tion at $475.

TECH­NOL­OGY

As far as top tech goes, the driv­e­train is rel­a­tively un­re­mark­able. The 1.6-litre four-pot­ter de­vel­ops 100kW

Clas­sic: The Swift re­mains an awe­some de­sign

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