The new Suzuki Swift Sport

2019 Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Boosterjet Review

The new Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport

Caroline drives the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport!

Suzuki is well-known for making fun small cars. If you are looking for the most potent car that the brand currently offers in Ireland, then look no further than the Suzuki Swift Sport. Powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and putting out 140hp, the Swift Sport is a hottish hatchback occupying the sportier end of the supermini spectrum. And while 140hp is hardly revolutionary in a small car, there is plenty in this package to entertain.

Priced from €22,995, the Suzuki Swift Sport crowns the Swift range. Suzuki has given the Swift a sporty makeover in this iteration and it presses all the right buttons. The Sport sits lower and wider than the standard Swift and has a special grille, bumpers, black aerodynamic under spoilers, 17” alloys, dual tailpipes and a roof-end spoiler. LED headlamps come as standard. The Swift Sport is available in six colours, including Champion Yellow, exclusive to the Sport. This reviewer was happy to pick up the Swift Sport in more demure Speedy Blue metallic!

The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport

Inside, Suzuki has added more red trim to the Swift's cabin and some new sports seats. Hard plastics prevail but the build is good and there is nothing offensive about the straightforward interior design.

The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport
The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport

The tachometer has a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation also comes as standard. There is impressive safety equipment on board including Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, high beam assist, keyless entry and start, and Lane Departure Prevention, auto air conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, electric windows, front fog lamps and rear view camera.

The Swift Sport has five doors for practicality and reasonable interior space for a small car. The boot is on the small side for this class of vehicle at 265 litres.

Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine
Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine

So what about that engine?

Suzuki has planted the brand's new 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine under the bonnet of the Swift Sport, producing 140hp and 230Nm of torque. The Swift Sport uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 8.1 seconds and the Sport can reach a top speed of 210km/h. CO2 emissions of 125g mean motor tax will be €270 per year and over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.9l/100km.

The 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport is built on a light but rigid new platform and weighs just 975kg. The Suzuki Swift Sport revs happily and takes off with aplomb without frightening anyone with sheer speed. The six speed manual gearbox is delightful to use and the Swift Sport rocks in and out of corners with loads of tactile grip and precision. The engine noise in the cabin makes the driving experience feel all the more frantic! On longer runs on the motorway, the refinement and stability of the Swift Sport was impressive. There is a firm edge to the suspension but only the very roughest roads transmit their worst to cabin occupants.

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car

The Suzuki Swift Sport doesn’t have the outright power and menace of the Ford Fiesta ST or the Volkswagen Polo GTI but it’s cheaper to buy and loaded with equipment. For supermini buyers looking to stretch the budget for something sportier and a bit different, the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport ticks many boxes. It's more fun than it should be considering the 140 hp power output and price. The Swift Sport is a stylish and fun small car with a sort of back-to-basics feel that will have you taking the long way home.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Suzuki Swift Sport
Price: 
€22,995
Engine: 1.4-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
140hp
Torque: 230Nm
0-100km/h:  
8.1 seconds
Top speed: 210km/h
Economy: 
5.6l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
125g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift Sport First Drive Review

Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport at Mondello Park, Kildare

Suzuki Ireland is adding a new Suzuki Swift Sport to the Swift range. With 140hp, the Suzuki Swift Sport is more of a warm hatch that hot hatch but this package has plenty to entertain, as Caroline Kidd found out at the UK and Irish press launch in County Wicklow.

Styling

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a good-looking small hatchback with a lower and wider profile. The Swift Sport is enhanced with a new grille, bumpers, black aerodynamic under spoilers, 17” alloys, dual tailpipes and a roof-end spoiler. LED headlamps come as standard. The Swift Sport is available in six colours, including Champion Yellow exclusive to the Sport and inspired by the Suzuki Works Junior Rally Team.

Interior

Inside, the Suzuki Swift shows its more budget positioning in the market with a lot of hard black plastics, but the Swift Sport interior is enhanced with unique Sport interior trim that adds some red detail. The tachometer has a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver. The front seats have a semi-bucket design. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation also comes as standard. There is impressive safety equipment on board including Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Lane Departure Prevention.

Practicality

The Suzuki Swift Sport feels roomy up front for driver and passenger. The car feels smaller in the back to some rivals. The boot is on the small side for this class of vehicle at 265 litres.

The interior of the Suzuki Swift Sport
The interior of the Suzuki Swift Sport

Engines

Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport there’s a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine producing 140hp and 230Nm of torque. The Swift Sport uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 8.1 seconds and the Sport can reach a top speed of 210km/h. CO2 emissions of 125g mean motor tax will be €270 per year and the car can return up to 50.4mpg on a combined cycle.

On the road

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has been engineered under the concept of “ultimate driving excitement”. It’s built on a light but rigid new platform and weighs just 975kg. It’s no surprise that the Suzuki Swift Sport is riotous good fun to drive. Performance could never be described as blistering but the Swift Sport takes on the road with youthful enthusiasm. The grip is superb through corners while the steering is delightfully tactile. The engine noise in the cabin makes the driving experience feel all the more frantic! The ride comfort is fine for daily use with some predictable firmness.

Equipment

There is just one trim level that comes very well-equipped with auto air conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, electric windows, front fog lamps and rear view camera.

Suzuki Swift Sport
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun-to-drive small hatchback

Pricing

Unfortunately, Irish pricing has not been finalised yet. In the UK, the Suzuki Swift Sport starts from £17,995.

Verdict

Pricing remains to be confirmed but the Suzuki Swift Sport is a neat little package with a high spec, plenty of equipment and plenty of character. The performance figures may not look amazing for the new Suzuki Swift Sport but that’s only half the story. The Suzuki Swift Sport is so much fun to drive, with a sort of back-to-basics feel that will have you taking the long way home.

The new Suzuki Swift Sport goes on sale in Ireland in June.

Caroline Kidd