Third-generation pocket rocket will be offered with a £1500 discount for first month
12 September 2017

Suzuki will launch its new Swift Sport this summer with a special launch offer that removes £1500 from the list price.

For the month of June only, buyers will be able to purchase the new 975kg pocket rocket for £16,499. From 1 July, the starting price of the third-generation model, which offers higher performance than its predecessor despite a decrease in engine size, will go up to £17,999.

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review

The old car's naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engine - which was the last in its class to breathe atmospheric air - has been swapped for a 1.4-litre turbocharged motor making 138bhp at 5500rpm and 170lb ft from 2500-3500rpm. Not only are these gains of 4bhp and 52lb ft, but also those respective peak outputs arrive 1400rpm and 1900rpm earlier.

The new model, equipped with the same six-speed manual gearbox as its predecessor, is therefore described by Suzuki chief engineer Masao Kobori as "more fun to drive" across a wider band of the rev range.

The extra grunt also translates into more accelerative performance, with the 0-62mph sprint taking 8.1sec, 0.7sec quicker than the old car, while top speed is 130mph, a 9mph improvement.

The new Swift Sport is Suzuki's first car to be tested under the new WLTP regime, for which it is listed as producing 135g/km of CO2 and offering a combined 47.1mpg. In the outgoing NEDC test, the car produces 125g/km of CO2 and achieves 50.4mpg combined.

As standard, the new Swift Sport sits on 17in alloy wheels and features sportier styling than its siblings. Inside, it features six airbags, automatic air conditioning and a DAB radio with Bluetooth. Additionally, there's a smartphone link touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and a rear-view camera.

Driver assistance technology includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Suzuki is confident its new Swift Sport's light weight - it's 70kg lighter than the previous model - and driver-focused handling will be enough to compensate for its power defecit to to rivals, such as the 197bhp 1.5-litre three-pot Ford Fiesta ST.

The Swift Sport's 1.4-litre engine is actually the biggest petrol unit Suzuki now makes, but Kobori believes that the firm doesn't need to give the engine a greater amount of power for the car to hold in an increasingly competitive class.

"Other manufacturers have higher-performance engines,” he said. “Our car is fun to drive and doesn't need a powerful engine. When you combine the lightweight technology with the 1.4 engine, you have a fun-to-drive feeling. The handling of the car and the acceleration of the response are better."

Of just as much significance to the Swift Sport is its lighter, sub-tonne kerb weight of 975kg, a drop of 75kg from the precious car. This has been taken out of the body of the new Swift Sport, while increasing rigidity. The wheelbase has been increased 20mm, while the width is increased by 40mm, all to aid stability. Wider tyres are fitted to the car’s 17in alloys, too.

The development of the car has in part taken place on UK roads, which was important in finalising the damper tuning, according to Kobori.

The UK is one of the Swift Sport’s key markets, with around 1500 finding homes each year. Built in Sagara, Japan, the model has sold in 11,535 units worldwide since it was launched in 2006.

Sam Sheehan and Mark Tisshaw

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Our Verdict

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The sportier Suzuki Swift’s chirpy character is preserved, and with the bonus of more power and more tech. Handling could be more responsive, but it's fun nevertheless

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24 July 2017

It’ll be quick, fun, highly spec’d and a bargain price, maybe as little as £14,000 which would buy you a lowly spec’d Zeetec 3dr Fiesta with a puny 1.1na 85hp 5 speed . Yes this Fiesta got 4 and half stars (FKH) and is slightly larger (have a Baleno then) but I know wish I rather have!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

24 July 2017

It will be as good as the old one. A tempting proposition if it is. Pricing spot on.

Spanner

24 July 2017

Looks good if it has the same sparkling performance and if it's lighter than it's predecessor it should be something special. The only slight criticism of the latest Swift that I have is that the interior is a bit gloomy I hope that Suzuki could use some lighter materials to brighten it up. Will there be a 4x4 version as well?

24 July 2017

Handling should be as good (if not better) than the old one, but with a better engine, lighter weight (thus stronger performance and economy) and more space inside.A good, reliable, cheap to run warm-to-hot hatch alternative for all those that were disappointed with the long-awaited Yaris GRMN costing a king's ransom and only being a limited run one-off.....as well as being based on a lightly facelifted long-in-the-tooth model.The only downside is that they haven't done something about the silly rear door handles that spoil the looks - but it's a small price to pay if it's as good as expected and competitively priced.

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

24 July 2017

Pricing - GreatWeight - PerfectExpected Handling - Surely they can't mess it up? Expected to be excellentPerformace - If it drives well, who cares? Peppy enough to be funStyling - Argh! I find the current Swift's styling to be awkward and dowdy. I can't imagine "sportiness" being added will improve this. I know it doesn't matter when a car is great to drive, but you don't purely buy a car on how it corners. There has to be more to it than that

24 July 2017
superstevie wrote:

Pricing - Great<p></p>Weight - Perfect<p></p>Expected Handling - Surely they can't mess it up? Expected to be excellent<p></p>Performace - If it drives well, who cares? Peppy enough to be fun<p></p>Styling - Argh! I find the current Swift's styling to be awkward and dowdy. I can't imagine "sportiness" being added will improve this. I know it doesn't matter when a car is great to drive, but you don't purely buy a car on how it corners. There has to be more to it than that

Edited to make it easier to read! Thought the new text editor bit would have sorted that out 

24 July 2017

Oh I give up :/

7 August 2017

Suzuki certainly on a roll.

New sport will put cat among the pigeons.

Also just released new full Hybrid Swift  just out in Japan with a 10kw electric motor will be the start things to come.

Keep up the good work Suzuki.

whiteliner

7 August 2017

Suzuki certainly on a roll.

New sport will put cat among the pigeons.

Also just released new full Hybrid Swift  just out in Japan with a 10kw electric motor will be the start things to come.

Keep up the good work Suzuki.

whiteliner

12 September 2017

Power of the engine is also confirmed, it's 103kW, the same as other Suzukis i.e 140PS or around 138 in UK ponies. 

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