Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the Suzuki Swift Sport.
The small car segment in Australia is as keenly fought as just about any other scramble for the hearts and minds of consumers.
So, when you take out the’big threes‘ share of the market there’s a lot of cars competing for the scraps. One of those vehicles is a car that’s always had a strong following in Australia – the Suzuki Swift.
Available only as a five-door hatchback, the 2015 Suzuki Swift range is priced from just $15,990 and that gets you into the GL grade of the Swift as reviewed here recently by Behind the Wheel’s Simon Lai.
There’s a mid-spec GLX grade of the Suzuki Swift too, it’s powered by the same 70kW/130Nm 1.4 litre four-cylider engine as the entry-level GL offering.
The Suzuki Swift range tops out with the Swift Sport, prices here starting at $24,490 for a six-speed manual version, the CVT auto Swift Sport will set you back from $26,490.
Powered by a larger and more powerful 100kW/160Nm 1.6 litre engine, the 2015 Suzuki Swift Sport is screwed together in Japan, the GL and GLX Swift are both products to come out of Suzuki’s Thailand manufacturing facility.
So, what’s it like? Well, the Swift Sport provides a good overall package at a competitive price.
True, it’s somewhat muted engine note is never quite satisfying enough and the steering isn’t exactly fit for a formula One race track, but there’s plenty of confident handling to throw at corners and just enough understeer for some bursts of not quite top grade road fun.
The 1.6 litre engine combines good acceleration and smooth driving both around city traffic and out on the freeway. Claimed fuel consumption comes in at 6.1L/100kms combined and you can expect to get around 689 kilometres from a full tank of unleaded (42 litre fuel tank capacity).
The Suzuki Swift Sport boasts attractive 17“ alloy wheels as standard and these really help to finish off the smooth lines of Suzuki’s five-door hatch.
Despite the still quite fresh and fun exterior, the cabin of the 2015 Suzuki Swift is a little drab. The good news is that there are plenty of standard features in the Sports grade of the Swift, including;
Tilt and reach adjustable steering
Infotainment system with voice recognition
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
Climate control air-conditioning
Power windows and mirrors
For a relatively small vehicle the Suzuki designers managed to maximize interior space with leg and headroom front and back more generous than you might expect. Boot space is about average for a five-door hatch.
There are no sacrifices when it comes to safety, the 2015 Suzuki Swift Sport comes with a good array of safety features and a full five star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; Taking account of the whole package and the price tag, the Swift provides good value and is an impressive offering.
Good fuel economy, generous standard features and a fun and impressive drive experience just puts the icing on the cake.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Suzuki Swift Sport
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 100kW and 160Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $24,490