DT Garage: Suzuki Swift Sport – fun and not perfect, just like me

Introducing the latest car to join the DriveTribe fleet…

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Some cars really suit some people. It doesn’t have to be for a particularly tangible, nerdy reason. It can just be a feeling. Turns out, the Suzuki Swift Sport really suits me.

The timing for a new car isn’t ideal, especially one I’ve got for just six months. Since passing my test *some* years ago (c’mon, I’m not going to tell you publicly how OLD I am), I’ve never driven less than I have in the past year.

It’s been food shopping, physio appointments, moving house, the occasional road test for work… aaaand, that’s about it. Needless to say, I haven’t let the Suzuki Swift Sport properly off its lead yet. But there’s still plenty of time!

"This is not my beautiful car," and you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful wife"...

"This is not my beautiful car," and you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful wife"...

Let’s give you the rundown. It’s a Suzuki Swift Sport (mild) Hybrid, in Speedy Blue Metallic with a black roof, red interior (standard with Speedy Blue Metallic, for… reasons?). It’s got a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder Boosterjet hybrid engine, 129hp, 235Nm torque, 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, top speed of 130mph, front-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual gearbox. Also, it weighs just 1,025kg!

If you did want some extras, your options are relatively limited to styling bits. You can opt for a full strip set, door mirror cover set, wheel decal set, wheel centre cap in Champion Yellow, or a wheel bolt cover set, also in Champion Yellow. Inside, if it takes your fancy, you could go for some deluxe carpet mats with the Sport logo, and a door sill trim set. So, Suzuki Swift Sport, good choice if you’re indecisive.

Magically transformed into Burning Red Pearl Metallic – promise it'll be blue next month

Magically transformed into Burning Red Pearl Metallic – promise it'll be blue next month

It wasn’t always a hybrid, right?

The Suzuki Swift Sport first went on sale in 2018, so updates to the 2020 model were pretty… um, swift (sorry) after launch. For the update, the Swift Sport got its 48V mild-hybrid set-up (the battery’s under the front seats) and dinky 10kW motor (in the engine bay instead of an alternator/starter motor), with a view to reducing emissions. The extra bits and bobs only added 15kg of weight though, with Suzuki reckoning that the performance of its 1.4-litre Boosterjet would be equivalent to a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine.

On paper, official fuel consumption is 50.1mpg with CO2 emissions at 127g/km. This is compared to 47mpg and 135g/km on the 2018 non-hybrid model. Naturally I’ll need to put a few more miles on the clock to see if I can get near the fuel consumption figures.

And shock horror speed fans, the updated Suzuki Swift Sport is a whole second slower on the 0-62mph time than the 2018 model. What I can tell you is that it definitely doesn’t feel slow, though.

Magically transformed into Burning Red Pearl Metallic – promise it'll be blue next month

Magically transformed into Burning Red Pearl Metallic – promise it'll be blue next month

What does it come with?

To differentiate itself as the SPORTY one, you get 17” black, polished Alloys, a subtle rear spoiler, mesh front grille and ‘carbon effect’ lower front spoiler, and dual exhausts. There’s six paint choices, from Speedy Blue Metallic, through Champion Yellow (tres bright!), Burning Red Pearl Metallic, to more muted white, grey, black. You can also get a couple of two tone versions with the blue and red.

The plastic-y interior has been jazzed up a bit with some red accents, although with the blue paint job it’s quite the colour combination. There’s a leather steering wheel, some supportively snug bucket seats, and what now feels like quite the old school infotainment system. It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto though.

There’s a decent list of safety kit as well: automatic high beams, lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, reversing camera, city braking, rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition.

It fits five, snugly, and has a 265 litre boot. For reference, I’ve managed to fit two medium size suitcases and quite a few squishy carrier bags in there (y’know, that whole ‘moving house’ thing).

The interior's right though – Burning Red Pearl Metallic works with the red interior, Speedy Blue Metallic, not so much...

The interior's right though – Burning Red Pearl Metallic works with the red interior, Speedy Blue Metallic, not so much...

One tiny little thing I haven’t mentioned yet, is the price. The 2018 model would have set you back £17,999 from new, which wasn’t cheap. But now, it starts at £22,070, which is dangerously close to Ford Fiesta ST pricing, and quite a bit more than a VW Up GTI. Basically, you’re really going to have to be won over by it.

With things easing up over the next couple of months, and a few long distance work-related journeys coming up, I’m excited to see how the Swift Sport holds up, and whether I will be totally won over by this cute little hot hatch.

What do you think of the Suzuki Swift Sport hybrid?

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Comments (9)

  • It's a decent car, but it's simply too much money, especially now it's a mild hybrid. One of the joys of its predecessor was that they were cheap and cheerful, very much what I believe Suzuki should be all about. Yes, you can argue it comes with a lot of it as standard, but so did its predecessors, so I don't really think that is an excuse if you as me.

      1 month ago
  • tbh i prefer the design of the previous gen swift sport with champion yellow color.

    but the new one is better in the performance, practicality and the infotainment system..i actually want to buy one few years ago, but sadly suzuki didn't bring a new swift sport to my country.

      1 month ago
  • Great review! I really hope you get to drive more soon. Tbh, I have not been a fan of the new shape (it looks like a baby Nissan Juke from the back 😂). I am keen to see where they take these hybrid vibes, but I still feel the tech is a bit new, I want more development before I make a serious commitment. I'm also curious about exactly how yellow is this Champion Yellow? For me, if it's the right yellow it could be a game changer!

      1 month ago
    • Thanks Tabitha! Haha, I was going to say, 'fun, not perfect, and has a big bum, just like me' but thought that was asking for trouble... Most of the pics of the Champion Yellow online don't really do it justice (I was just having a look to see if I...

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        1 month ago
    • Unfortunately fluorescent yellow isn't the one I like best. I have no idea why, but I'm stupidly particular about the "right" yellow 😂

      As far as cars go, the 2000 edition of the new VW Beetle came in 2 types of yellow, a creamy kind and a...

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        1 month ago
  • This Suzuki is spot on. Fun on B-roads. Suzuki refused to use VW engines, this one should be sound to stamp daily!.

      1 month ago
  • Lovely review Rachael! I always felt the previous generation of the Swift was a well rounded model, so I’m glad to see more of the same in the next line of cheap and cheerful practicality hatches!

      1 month ago
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