The performance flagship of the Swift model range was comprehensively judged by the editorial team against some very strong competition and the final vote resulted in it again receiving the ‘Best Buy Hot hatch for less than £15,000’.
In fact the Swift Sport is a lot less than £15,000 as it is available for £13,749 in a choice of five standard metallic paint finishes and with a very high standard equipment specification including seven airbags, auto air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Chas Hallett, What Car? Editor in chief comments: “The Suzuki Swift Sport is proof that you don’t need a lot of money to have an awful lot of fun. It scores well on insurance costs and real world fuel economy – but it will also put a huge grin on your face.”
The Swift Sport’s 1.6-litre engine has an impressive maximum output of 136PS at 7,000rpm and is achieved through optimisation of the intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) and increased valve lift.
The engine’s high output is combined with excellent fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the EC Combined Cycle; CO2 emissions are 147g/km and a bespoke exhaust system yields a sporty note. The Sport is fitted with a six speed manual transmission as standard.
HID Projector headlamps for low and high beam are also fitted as standard. This safety feature is often listed as a cost option by its direct competitors as well as on much more expensive cars.
The Sport has already proved to be very popular with customers, achieving well over 100 per cent of target in 2012. To help widen the market as well as assist younger buyers aspiring to own one, Suzuki has now included it in its latest PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) offers with a special low deposit of just £1,409 required followed by 42 monthly payments of £239 and an optional final payment of £4,698.