IF you want a fun hot hatch without paying silly money then look no further than the latest Suzuki Swift Sport which helped to lift the gloom from the awful Spring weather with its fizzing performance and brilliant handling writes Bryan Longworth.
Suzuki has tweaked the recently launched new Swift Sport and it is now even more enjoyable to drive for the owner who likes a sporty motor at a reasonable price - this little flyer is all yours for £13,499 on the road.
The latest Swift Sport has a 1.6-litre 136bhp petrol engine which offers more torque, improved fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and a new design six speed manual gearbox which provides excellent slick and positive changes.
The car has the same DNA as its predecessor but the various improvements to the engine and handling qualities plus styling changes have made it a worthy flagship for the Swift range.
There is now an insurance group 18 rating which is down five groups and comprehensive specification includes auto air con, fog lamps, push button start, cruise control, Bluetooth and HID Projector headlamps.
The bare statistics of the new Swift Sport are a top speed of 121mph, a zero to 62mph time of 8.7 seconds, CO2 emissions of 147g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg.
But it is how the Swift Sport drives on the road that really counts and I found it provided really fun motoring because of the way it performed especially out on country roads with plenty of bendy bits which showed just how much grip it has got.
The engine has an appetite for plenty of revs to get the most enjoyment out of it and the way it can be driven through the bends due to its excellent road holding is quite amazing and the car actually feels quicker than the stats indicate.
Suzuki has also improved the interior and I liked the user friendly controls and instruments which include a trip computer that also includes the distance to empty range of the fuel tank which is a very useful feature.
There is a reasonable sized load area but there is no spare wheel and instead there is a puncture repair kit plus an air pump that is powered via the car’s interior plug socket.
The latest Swift Sport has only been on sale a few months but in that short time it has picked up two major awards from a top motor magazine and website one being for the best buy in this market sector.
I totally agree with these accolades for the Swift Sport is now even more accomplished than the predecessor model and compared with what some hot hatches cost this is very good value for money.
My Verdict: A fun flying machine.