Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

OW the phrase ‘pocket rocket’ is much overused in the mo­tor­ing press - but it seems to­tally ap­pro­pri­ate for our test car this week.

The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport is a hoot. The last time I had this much fun at the wheel of a sporty small car was in an orig­i­nal Mini Cooper S.

Those clever peo­ple at Suzuki have man­aged to squeeze al­most 140bhp out of the lit­tle car’s tur­bocharged, 1373cc ‘Boost­er­jet’ engine, which means a 0 to 60 time of just over 8 se­conds and a top speed of 130mph.

But that is not the whole story. Be­cause the Swift Sport is beau­ti­fully set up it can be chucked about (when safe to do so) with a great chas­sis and per­fectly matched sports sus­pen­sion.

And what I also like is that it is a bit of a ‘Q’ car, with lit­tle sign that this Swift is much quicker than the stan­dard ver­sions - apart from meaty twin pipes and car­bon fi­bre ef­fect panelling the small Suzuki gives lit­tle away at first glance.

As per­for­mance hatch­backs go it is also rea­son­ably priced (From 17,999) and fuel

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