Light­weight Swift packs a punch

Solihull News - - MOTORING NEWS - SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT By Peter Keenan

IF I could make a new ver­sion of my­self, a light­weight con­struc­tion with a dy­na­mite power source would be a good place to start.

Suzuki have shown me the way with the lat­est Swift Sport su­per­mini which is 70kg lighter than the model it steps into the shoes of with a more po­tent 140ps 1.4- litre turbo petrol en­gine lurk­ing un­der the bon­net.

This prompts a 0- 62mph time of a shade over eight sec­onds and a top speed of 130mph which is ac­cessed through a short throw, slick six- speed man­ual gear­box that is a de­light.

It makes for a mo­tor that is pleas­antly warm, rather than su­per hot, to drive, with the steer­ing giv­ing a good feel for what is hap­pen­ing on the road.

The han­dling is sharp and there is plenty of grip al­low­ing cor­ners to be treated with dis­dain, while the Sport model’s ride is firm with­out putting your fill­ings at se­ri­ous risk.

The Swift does its level best to elim­i­nate body roll and the com­fort­able seats hold your body firmly in place as you bar­rel around town.

As one of the light­est su­per­mi­nis on the road there is a sat­is­fy­ing lift to the fuel econ­omy fig­ures so you get the de­cent per­for­mance with­out hav­ing to rob banks to pay for it.

Suzuki claim an aver­age fig­ure of a shade over 50mpg – it was in the mid 40s dur­ing my stint of mixed mo­tor­ing – with car­bon diox­ide emis­sions of 125g/ km.

Built at Suzuki’s Sa­gara plant in Ja­pan, the ex­te­rior of the Sport is jazzed up com­pared to other Swifts.

But it avoids slip­ping into hot hatch stereo­types with hon­ey­comb ra­di­a­tor grille, small roof spoiler, unique bumper, sports seats and twin ex­hausts plus car­bon- fi­bre ef­fect sills giv­ing just the right mix of speed and style. There is also dark­ened pri­vacy glass to give your rear pas­sen­gers that VIP feel­ing.

The in­te­rior con­tin­ues the good work with a seven- inch in­fo­tain­ment screen fea­tur­ing An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay al­low­ing full smart­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity so you can run your apps, in­clud­ing sat nav, on the cen­tral dis­play.

Nice touches in­clude Sport lo­gos on the seats and a dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel that gives a turbo boost read­out to ap­peal to the boy racer lurk­ing in us all.

Suzuki don’t stint on the good­ies list, so your £ 18,000 will in­clude DAB ra­dio, air con­di­tion­ing to main­tain a nice at­mos­phere at all times in the cabin, rear view cam­era, LED day­time run­ning lights and the lat­est safety equip­ment, fea­tur­ing an ad­vanced for­ward de­tec­tion sys­tem I found to be a tad hy­per­ac­tive with an alarm that was a bit an­noy­ing.

Other sys­tems to keep you and yours from harm in­clude lane de­par­ture pre­ven­tion, tyre pres­sure warn­ing, airbags, side im­pact pro­tec­tion beams and sta­bil­ity con­trol.

There is enough room for four adults to un­der­take a long jour­ney in com­fort and the boot is a de­cent size at 264 litres which can be ex­panded by low­er­ing the 60/ 40 split rear seats al­though a step is left in the floor.

There are a num­ber of cubby holes for your odds and sods in­clud­ing good- sized doorbins and a glove­box as well as cup hold­ers.

It all adds up to a nippy pack­age that of­fers plenty of bang for your buck.

The new Suzuki Swift Sport is 70kg lighter than the pre­vi­ous model with a 1.4- litre turbo en­gine

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