Suzuki Swift Sport 5 door 2014 review

3 Feb, 2014 12:00pm Tom Phillips

We drive updated 2014 Suzuki Swift Sport, which now gets sat-nav and DAB radio

Verdict

4
The updates to the Suzuki Swift Sport for 2014 don’t exactly run to much, but the new infotainment system works well and adds even more appeal to an already well-equipped car. It doesn’t cost much extra either, meaning the Swift Sport remains great value and great fun.

Suzuki has ushered in the new year by adding a combined sat-nav and DAB radio infotainment unit to the standard kit of the Suzuki Swift Sport. However, the price of the five-door model tested here has crept up by £250, too.

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The Swift Sport remains one of the best-handling superminis you can buy, and is a real pleasure to drive, whether it’s just to pop to the shops or to take on a twisty B-road. Its naturally aspirated engine is only a modest performer when you compare it to the 182bhp turbocharged Ford Fiesta ST.

That adds to the fun, though, as you have to pick your lines through bends with care, so you maximise momentum, and work the slick six-speed gearbox to keep the engine spinning above 4,000rpm. All the while you’re enjoying the nicely weighted steering and strong brakes, too.

It’s a great little hatchback when you’re not pushing hard, too. The dampers are provided by specialists Monroe and strike a great compromise between getting the best out of the chassis when you’re going for it, and giving a surprisingly supple ride when you’re just cruising around town.

The sports seats offer lots of support, too, once you get them in the right position. It’s not quite as sharp to drive, nor as quick, but the Swift feels more comfortable than the hot Fiesta, while the five-door option means that it’s more practical despite being smaller.

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The Swift’s radio/CD player did feature a display akin to an early-90s Casio watch. Now it’s been replaced by a similar unit to that fitted to higher-spec Suzuki SX4 S-Cross models. It’s not a bespoke system, but in a cheaper car like the Swift it fits just fine. It’s easy to use, too, so pairing your smartphone with the Bluetooth is simple, the sat-nav screen is easy to use and follow, and DAB radio reception is strong. The steering wheel has volume and phone controls, too, which help to make the infotainment system feel well integrated into the car.

The styling might be a tad derivative – there’s more than a hint of MINI in the way it looks – but the Swift Sport is still a handsome enough supermini. It’s a bit bland on the inside, too, but the cabin is spacious and there’s loads of equipment thrown in. Add in the excellent chassis, and the Swift Sport remains the best ‘warm’ hatchback on sale.

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This is a good car but the new Mini Cooper has better performance, lower emissions, probably more fun to drive, doesn't look like a Skoda Fabia and doesn't cost much more. Having said that this is so much better than any other small Japanese hatchback than I can think of. It has character.

Oh and it's styling is based on the Mini (as is the Fabia) which is why I compared it.

It's great that Suzuki provides a DAB radio in the Swift Sport as standard in England. In Australia the BMW M6 Grand Coupe costs just under AUS $300,000 and DAB radio is not standard. It is a $920 option. Well done to Suzuki. Hope that it does the same in Australia.

Are you suggesting that all B - segment euro cars have character?! IMO this is a quality sadly lacking in the likes of the Corsa, Polo, Fabia, Punto, etc

Mini, Fiesta, DS3, 500/Panda, Renault Twingo and Clio Hot Hatches are fun to drive and/or have character IMO.

Suzuki cars are underrated in Europe. Their marketing people need to go to work, buyers are missing out on good kit.

You say that, yet Suzuki have attracted plenty of praise with recent models such as the Swift/Swift Sport, Splash and SX4 and S-Cross. IMO they are overlooked by buyers rather than underrated.

It is overlooked by buyers because it is underrated by buyers. Praise is not being heard.

how much does it cost for Suzuki Swift Sport 2014?
in Brunei dollar.

Key specs

  • Price: £14,499
  • Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl petrol
  • Power: 134bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Top speed: 121mph
  • Economy/CO2: 44.1mpg/147g/km
  • Equipment: 17-inch alloys, sat-nav, DAB radio, air-con, electric windows
  • On sale: Now
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