SWIFT BY NAME AND SWIFT BY NA­TURE: SUZUKI’S HOT HATCH UP­DATED FOR 2018

Suzuki’s new-look Swift Sport is an all-new up­date on a hot hatch favourite that’s be­ing thrilling drivers for nearly 15 years. We check it out

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - CARFINDER UP­DATE

WHAT’S NEW? The Suzuki Swift Sport has long been a favourite with the hot hatch crowd, who will doubt­less be over­joyed that a new gen­er­a­tion model has landed.

They’ll be even hap­pier that the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer has slashed money off the price to cel­e­brate the launch of its new sib­ling.

The car, the third gen­er­a­tion of the pop­u­lar sporty su­per­mini, is quicker and lighter than the out­go­ing model.

It’s the sporty take on the fourth gen­er­a­tion Suzuki Swift, which was un­veiled last year and is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance on the third gen­er­a­tion Swift. LOOKS AND DE­SIGN The all-new Swift Sport is a hot hatch­back that takes the fourth-gen­er­a­tion reg­u­lar model and adds speed, tech and a cer­tain wow fac­tor.

It has a dis­tinc­tive style, with a strik­ing front grille and bumper, im- pres­sively funky 17-inch al­loy wheels and car­bon ef­fect aero­dy­namic un­der the spoil­ers.

Those 17-inch pol­ished al­loys are to the Sport, and are now even lighter in their com­po­si­tion that those used pre­vi­ously.

Dur­ing man­u­fac­ture and after the wheel has been cast, the rim is com­pressed and stretched us­ing high pres­sure rollers in a process known as ‘flow form­ing’.

The rear end fea­tures a sporty black dif­fuser and Con­tin­ued on Page 2 >>

two large ex­haust ex­its – fea­tures that will be fa­mil­iar to any­one who has owned or ad­mired the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion Swift Sport.

The car is avail­able in one solid and five metal­lic colours at no ex­tra cost.

IN­SIDE THE CABIN As you’d ex­pect, the cabin gets an up­date as well. This in­cludes the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, of which more be­low, plus some nice sporty in­te­rior touches like unique sport in­te­rior trim with semi bucket seats and red ac­cents to the dash­board and con­sole ar­eas, six airbags, auto air con and sat nav.

There’s also a leather steer­ing wheel, pri­vacy glass, six speak­ers, LED day­time run­ning lights, body coloured door mir­rors and four elec­tric win­dows.

Among the kit you get is adap- tive cruise con­trol, key­less en­try and start, rear park­ing cam­era, en­gine auto stop start, smart­phone link­age dis­play au­dio, Blue­tooth in­te­grated into the au­dio unit, a nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and steer­ing wheel-mounted au­dio con­trols.

There’s a 7-inch touch­screen packed with the lat­est in­fo­tain­ment dis­play, along with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Car Play sys­tems.

UN­DER THE BON­NET Based on its very low kerb weight of 975kg and a torque fig­ure of 230Nm, the new Swift Sport has a torque-to-weight ra­tio of 4.2 kg/ Nm plac­ing it at a sim­i­lar level to its hot hatch com­peti­tors.

Suzuki’s 1.4-litre Boost­er­jet tur­bocharged en­gine, seen in the Vi­tara and S- Cross mod­els, now ap­pears in the Swift Sport for the first time.

This unit has an out­put of 140PS and is Di­rect In­jec­tion tur­bocharged (DITC). It of­fers 44 per cent more torque than the pre­vi­ous model which is avail­able from 2,500rpm.

It of­fers the same level of power and torque of a larger ca­pac­ity nor­mally as­pi­rated en­gine (2.0-litre).

In ad­di­tion, the new Sport has an im­proved max­i­mum torque fig­ure of 230Nm which is avail­able from just 2,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The pre­vi­ous Sport model de­vel­oped 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.

The 1.4-litre Boost­er­jet en­gine of­fers other per­for­mance en­hance­ments: 0-62mph ac­cel­er­a­tion time of 8.1 sec­onds and a max­i­mum speed of 130mph.

An en­hanced brak­ing sys­tem is also of­fered.

SAFETY AND TECH­NOL­OGY The Swift Sport also comes with an ad­vanced for­ward de­tec­tion sys­tem that sup­ports more safety tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing col­li­sion-mit­i­gat­ing Dual Sen­sor Brake Sup­port (DSBS).

Suzuki says that, with DSBS, at ve­hi­cle speeds from ap­prox­i­mately 3mph to 62mph, if the sys­tem de­ter­mines a risk of col­li­sion with a for­ward ob­sta­cle, it is­sues both an au­dio and vis­ual warn­ing.

If there is a high risk of col­li­sion with a for­ward ob­sta­cle and the driver panic brakes, the sys­tem de­ploys brake as­sist, in­creas­ing brak­ing force.

Lane de­par­ture warn­ing /lane de­par­ture preven­tion func­tion is also of­fered. When the ve­hi­cle is trav­el­ling at ve­hi­cle speeds of ap­prox­i­mately 37mph and up to 100mph (where per­mit­ted) and is de­part­ing the lane with­out the driver us­ing a turn sig­nal, the sys- tem vi­brates the steer­ing wheel and lights a warn­ing in­di­ca­tor in the in­stru­ment clus­ter to draw at­ten­tion to lane de­par­tures caused by fac­tors such as inat­ten­tion to the road.

As an ad­di­tional fea­ture on the new Swift Sport model the driver will also no­tice an au­to­matic in­put from the steer­ing wheel at this time to en­sure the car re­mains in its cor­rect di­rec­tion of travel. WHO WOULD BUY ONE? Space in­side is rel­a­tively good for a car this size, and the seats fold 60-40 flat, to help with load­ing.

The range starts at £16,999, which in­cludes a cur­rent £1,000 cus­tomer sav­ing that may not be around for­ever.

The Suzuki Swift will ap­peal to any­one in the su­per­mini seg­ment who wants a fast, classy hot hatch at a good price which is not ex­pen­sive to run.

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