Small is best when it comes to city driving – and Suzuki’s Swift Sport is proving to be an ideal companion
Little, cute, compact – these are some of the words that we’ve used to describe the Suzuki Swift. And I have to agree. At times it’s as if I’ve got my own real-life Dinky toy. But its diminutive proportions can be a burden as well as a blessing!
A long journey in the Swift, for example, can really take its toll. Although the sports seats are fairly comfortable and supportive, the engine holds on to high revs at speed, and consequently the cabin is a noisy place to be.
The ride is also harsh. The stiff suspension and sharp handling certainly come into their own on a twisty B-road. Yet spend some time on a motorway – especially one that hasn’t been very well maintained – and you’ll feel every bump by the end of the journey.
When I’m driving the Suzuki in town, though, it’s very easy to live with. It’s great at nipping through small gaps or quickly pulling out at busy junctions. And who needs parking sensors with a car this small? There’s no need to reverse into supermarket parking bays, either – the Swift darts in nose-first, which leaves the rear facing outwards, ready to be loaded with shopping.
Which leads me to one thing I particularly love about the Swift: the keyless entry. It’s a great addition, although our car has developed a problem with the rear lock, as the boot button isn’t working at present. So, when I need it most – with my hands full – I have to put it all down and search for the fob! A trip to the dealer should sort this out under warranty, though. The boot itself is fairly small, but there is a handy hook for your shopping.
Of course the Sport is great to drive, and everyone at Auto Express who’s tried it has nothing but praise for its ability. Yet despite it being a ‘warm hatch’, and the fact the majority of the mileage has been covered in town, I’m pleased with overall economy of 30.9mpg. So you’ve got to ‘hand’ it to Suzuki – the Swift is a real winner!