Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
You don’t need prodigious power or mega money to have serious fun…
Posted: 09 Mar 2012
Given its power deficit against the Swift, and the fact that it's about 100kg heavier, you're not a bit surprised when your first whizz up through the Mini's gears feels a bit limp. The power delivery is smooth and measured, like some businessman's low-spec BMW. It feels well-engineered and liveable with, but it doesn't have the fizzy top-end get-away of the Swift. Its acceleration number is slightly but tellingly slower, taking a claimed 9.1secs to get to 62mph where the Suzuki arrives in 8.7.
But the Mini tries not to annoy you. On a motorway, the engine sinks to a gentle hum, and there's little tyre or wind noise. That comfy driving position means you feel relaxed, even after hundreds of miles in a day. At the same constant speed, the Swift's engine keeps shouting, and it gets wearing after a while. The Mini's gearshift feels better oiled and damped than the Swift's, too. And its brakes are firm and more progressive, where the Swift has a sogginess at the top of the pedal that occasionally sends a little pulse of anxiety through your nervous system.