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Suzuki Swift Sport review – the back-to-basics drivers' hatch - Ride and Handling

Honest, simple and mature, the Swift Sport remains an affordable evo favourite. More standard kit ups value for money

Evo rating
Price
from £13,999
  • Old-school pocket rocket
  • Less efficient than turbo rivals

MPG and running costs 

Suzuki claims that the Swift Sport can achieve 44.1mpg combined. As respectable as this is for a naturally aspirated engine, it falls short of turbocharged cars like the ever-popular Fiesta ST, which can manage a claimed 47.9mpg. We've achieved good figures from the Fiesta before but turbocharged engines do guzzle fuel at quite a rate when driven briskly, so the real-world difference is likely to be minimal.

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What will likely draw customers away from hotter hatches is the Swift’s lower insurance group. The Sport squeezes into group nine, beating even the 1-litre Ford Fiesta Zetec S (which is group 15) and significantly undercutting more potent models like the Fiesta ST – which sits up in insurance group 30.

Swift drivers won’t save on road tax, however, because the Sport produces 147g/km of CO2. The Fiesta ST produces 9g less, meaning it sits in bracket E and costs £130 a year to tax, compared to £145 per year for the bracket F Swift. Suzuki supplys a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty with the Swift Sport.

 

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