Suzuki of­fer­ing a Swift solution for those seek­ing fun

Solihull News - - MOTORING NEWS - ENDA MULLEN enda. mullen@ reach­plc. com

THE Suzuki Swift is a hand­some lit­tle hatch, which might not be in the hot cat­e­gory but is cer­tainly su­per warm.

With a top speed of 130mph and a 0- 60 sprint time of 8.1 sec­onds it’s most def­i­nitely sprightly in char­ac­ter.

Looks- wise it has more than enough to set it apart from the stan­dard Swift model on which it is based.

It’s 40mm wider and sits lower.

A dis­tinctly pur­pose­ful look is com­pleted thanks to 17- inch al­loys, a sharp­ened nose, blacked out roof pil­lars and dark­ened pri­vacy glass.

There are also spoil­ers on the side, front, rear and roof of the car and a sports ex­haust with dual tailpipe de­sign. Sporty styling is to the fore on the in­side too, chiefly in the char­ac­ter of the in­stru­men­ta­tion – with a red rev counter fin­ish and fea­tures like torque and power gauges, a turbo boost read­out and a G- meter.

There are a few more red flour­ishes in the cabin, al­loy ped­als and sup­port­ive seats – com­plete with a spe­cial Sport logo – which all sug­gest this is a car to have fun in. And fun it most def­i­nitely is. This souped- up su­per­mini re­ally is a joy to drive around and while it might stop short of de­liv­er­ing ex­treme thrills is cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of putting a smile on your face.

The 1.4- litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine de­liv­ers 140ps and there’s also an im­pres­sive torque curve which en­hances its per­for­mance feel sig­nifi- cantly. One of the things about the cur­rent Swift Sport is that it’s lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor and it feels ag­ile.

It goes round cor­ners at speed with con­sum­mate ease and the Mon­roe shock ab­sorbers max­imise com­fort lev­els with­out di­min­ish­ing the fun fac­tor. The Swift Sport costs £ 17,999, which means it is keenly priced com­pared to com­peti­tors from the likes of Peugeot and Vauxhall.

If you do de­cide to buy one you will also ben­e­fit from hav­ing pretty much ev­ery­thing in­cluded – even the spe­cial paint fin­ishes, of which there are six to choose from.

The lengthy stan­dard equip­ment list in­cludes sat- nav, air con­di­tion­ing, DAB ra­dio, LED day­time run­ning lights, Blue­tooth, smart­phone link dis­play au­dio, rear view cam­era and front fog lamps.

The Swift Sport also comes with some so­phis­ti­cated and ex­tremely use­ful safety fea­tures.

They in­clude lane de­par­ture preven­tion and an ad­vance for­ward de­tec­tion sys­tem with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

De­spite its dis­tinctly sporty fo­cus the Swift Sport also mea­sures up in the prac­ti­cal­ity stakes.

It only comes in five- door form, though this in no way de­tracts from its sleek and svelte pro­file.

Rear- seat pas­sen­gers are blessed with a sur­pris­ingly gen­er­ous amount of head and leg room and the 265 litre boot will of­fer 579 litres of car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity when the rear seats are folded.

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