Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport.
The recipe for success for the Suzuki Swift is really quite simple – it’s fun, safe, attractive and well-priced.
Now, for those Swift buyers who want a little more character and personality, the Sport version is available.
Priced from $23,990 for the six speed manual, the Swift Sport delivers a sporty feel and look without breaking the bank.
The only real complaint I could make is that the Sport doesn’t quite have the get up and go to match the rest of the sporty package.
Sure you get a larger 1.6 litre engine in the Sport but 100kW and 160Nm is still pretty tame and pick-up down low in the revs suffers.
In saying that however the Suzuki Swift Sport more than adequately accounts for itself when the revs are up, especially in second and third gear.
Just as importantly fuel consumption is magnificent – I easily managed 6.4L/100 in the city!
Another area where the Sport excels is the steering and suspension.
Direct steering, a low centre of gravity and rather firm suspension leads to a lot of fun in the corners, in some ways in fact the Suzuki Swift really punches above its weight in the road holding department.
The handling is also helped by having low profile tyres on 17” alloys.
Inside the cabin of the Sport you’ll quickly notice the racing type seats which do a very good job of holding you in the bends, if you are a little on the larger size however you may feel a little as though you don’t quite fit into them!
The leather wrapped steering wheel also keeps up the sporty feel and I’m pleased to say also feels really good in your hands.
Comfort levels are let down a little by the absence of a centre arm rest.
The high roof design of the 2012 Suzuki Swift gives taller drivers plenty of headroom, though leg room could only be described as adequate.
The boot is tiny!
The Swift boasts a nice dashboard design and I’m a fan of the design and layout of the stereo and climate control panels.
I did have two complaints however, firstly even when following the directions in the owner’s manual I couldn’t pair my mobile with the Bluetooth system (get the dealer to show you how!).
Secondly, I didn’t like the absence of a 40 or 50 km/h reading on the speedometer.
Around town these are often the two most utilized speeds and trying to make out your speed takes your attention away from the road.
I was also left a little frazzled by a constant rattle coming from inside the driver’s door.
On a more positive note it’s great to see the Swift Sport offers push button start, and the sizeable wing mirrors really aid rear visibility and safety.
Unfortunately Suzuki doesn’t offer a rear-reversing cameras or satellite navigation as options.
With heaps of standard features, plenty of personality, great fuel economy, top safety rating and reasonably good price tag the Suzuki Swift Sport is hard to beat.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol delivering 100kW and 160Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $23,990