New Swift prices

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - MOTORS -

Suzuki has an­nounced prices for its all-new Swift which goes on sale in the UK on June 1.

The new su­per­mini, which has had sales glob­ally of more thanfivemil­lion­sin­ceit­slaunch in 2005, is now avail­able as a five-door model only, and the pop­u­larSwiftSZ3is­priced­from £10,999 up to £15,499 for the top range 1.2-litre SZ5 SHVS All­grip with man­ual trans­mis­sion and four-wheel-drive.

The 111bhp 1.0-litre three­cylin­der Boost­er­jet turbo en­gine of­fers emis­sions of 104g/km and 61.4mpg for man­ual trans­mis­sion model and the Boost­er­jet en­gine is also avail­able with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hy­brid sys­tem with emis­sions of 97g/km which equates to 67.5mpg.

At 3,840mm long, the new Swiftis10mmshort­erthanthe out­go­ing model, while its wheel­base is 20mm longer, cre­at­ing more in­te­rior room in­clud­ing 25 per cent more lug­gage ca­pac­ity at 265 litres. Iti­sal­so15mm­lowerand40mm wider. New model has an ul­tra-grippy all wheel drive for the first time SEAT’S Leon Cupra is a car with a cult fol­low­ing and now its army of fans have some­thing even more spe­cial boast about.

En­ter the Leon Cupra 300, the quick­est pro­duc­tion car SEAT has made and as the name sug­gest it packs a whop­ping 300ps.

It can also be had with ul­tra-grippy all­wheel-drive for the first time, although that’s avail­able only on the es­tate ver­sion.

Mated to a six-speed DSG semi­au­to­matic trans­mis­sion it’s good for 0 to 60 in a blis­ter­ing 4.9 sec­onds – hot in any­one’s book and one of the fastest es­tates around.

But while the lat­est Cupra has smashed into the 300ps zone it’s also bro­ken the £30,000 bar­rier with the three model line up now start­ing from £30,155 for the three-door Leon Cupra SC.

As the flag­ship of the new Leon range, the Cupra 300 is the Span­ish car maker’s al­ter­na­tive to the likes of the Volk­swa­gen Golf R, the Ford Fo­cus RS and Honda’s cur­rent Civic Type R.

And as ever it’s true hot stuff, splen­did fun to drive and it re­mains keenly priced com­pared to the others.

New fea­tures in­clude an eight-inch touch­screen, a very handy auto-hold func­tion for the elec­tronic park­ing brake which ac­ti­vates as soon as the car comes to rest and multi-coloured am­bi­ent light­ing for the cock­pit.

Out­side, the Leon Cupra 300 has been given some con­tem­po­rary styling tweaks and it looks very much the sporty op­tion sit­ting on 19-inch al­loys with red brake cal­lipers nicely prom­i­nent.

Sat nav, a full ar­ray of smart­phone hook ups and a wire­less charg­ing pad are among the con­ve­nience fea­tures while driv­ing aids in­clude a multi-mode chas­sis con­trol sys­tem to get the best from the dy­nam­ics.

On the road new 300ps turbo en­gine is a feisty per­former. Most no­tice­able is more mid-range clout and not nec­es­sar­ily the ad­di­tional 10ps com­pared to the pre­vi­ous Cupra 290.

Sport mode ar­ti­fi­cially en­hances the ex­haust note for some added fun and the sta­bil­ity con­trols can be switched off com­pletely – some­thing which will ap­peal to the purists.

The four-wheel-drive Haldex set up fit­ted to the Leon ST Cupra es­tate £34,485 with the DSG box – sees an end to any torque steer which can still be ex­pe­ri­enced on the front-wheel-drive ver­sions and the car feels de­light­fully well planted although heav­ier on the steer­ing.

It per­forms in splen­did fash­ion and the added trac­tion in­spires sure­foot­ed­ness when put through its paces.

SEAT claims an of­fi­cial fuel re­turn of 39.2mpg for the new 4Drive model with emis­sions of 164g/km but the best we could av­er­age was 28 to the gal­lon.

In three-door two-wheel-drive SC body style and with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion we man­aged to see 35.3mpg over a sim­i­lar drive and that was closer to the of­fi­cial 40.9mpg rat­ing (158g/km).

While not quite as quick as the ST with the DSG box - the man­ual Leon Cupra SC has a 0 to 60 time of 5.7 sec­onds – the hatch felt much more ag­ile when put through its paces, more in keep­ing to that of the ear­lier Cupras from the last decade.

How­ever, with tech­nol­ogy and safety de­vices such as adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane keep­ing and au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing the Leon Cupra of 2017 has cer­tainly come of age.

With Cupra thrills now avail­able on all three Leon body styles – three and five door and es­tate – and more power and trac­tion than ever be­fore, its fan­base has never had it so good.

Speedy Cupra is stylish with a cult fol­low­ing

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