In-depth reviews

Suzuki Swift review – a lively, tech-laden supermini - Performance and 0-60 time

The regular Swift and the Swift Sport share many attributes, but the hot hatch fails to live up to expectations

Evo rating
Price
from £11,999
  • Comfortable, feels light, the regular model and the Sport are both surprisingly quick
  • Not a car that enjoys being driven too hard (a real problem for the Sport), the Sport’s steering is off-putting

Performance and 0-60 time

The three different engines available in the Swift may well be relatively small petrol engines. However, two are turbocharged and give the little supermini a surprising turn of pace; the mild hybrid SZ5 and Swift Sport aren’t mind-bogglingly fast (come one, what did you expect?) but they certainly feel brisk.

The official acceleration times don’t quite reflect how unexpectedly punchy they seem from behind the wheel, however. The 1-litre engine, with or without its hybrid boost, and a manual gearbox combine to create a 10.6sec 0-62mph time, while the auto is, astonishingly, 0.6sec faster. The Sport’s time is more respectable, completing the 0-62mph run in 8.1sec

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

The naturally aspirated motor is less impressive with the two-wheel-drive car reaching 62mph in 11.9sec, while the four-wheel drive-car is quite a bit slower, even with a little hybrid boost, hitting the same speed in 12.6sec.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/ferrari/201950/new-ferrari-roma-612bhp-198mph-gt-car-joins-the-range
Ferrari

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Visit/maserati/granturismo/201792/maserati-granturismo-zeda-run-out-model-revealed
Maserati GranTurismo

Maserati GranTurismo Zéda run-out model revealed

It’s out with the old, in with the new as the final GranTurismo paves the way for Maserati’s ambitious electrified future
12 Nov 2019
Visit/mclaren/201626/mclaren-elva-revealed-new-open-top-speedster-adds-to-top-tier-ultimate-series
McLaren

McLaren Elva revealed – new open-top speedster adds to top-tier Ultimate Series

It’s the lightest McLaren Automotive model yet, packs 803bhp and will cost from just under £1.5m
13 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019