Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
You don’t need prodigious power or mega money to have serious fun…
Posted: 09 Mar 2012
But the Suzuki is more fun because it's quicker, and feels it, by a margin that matters. That's partly the extra power and partly a weight advantage. The Mini is about 100kg heavier, but you never feel that weight in corners. You feel it in good ways, not bad ones: it sticks to a straight line better, the sound insulation is better, the controls have more heft, the dash feels more solid and the doors have more of a thunk. And the engineering expense shows through in another way. Despite the weight, it's efficient: its fuel figure is 52.3mpg versus 44.1 for the Swift. Correspondingly, its CO2 is better, too - 127g/km plays the Swift's 147. Thank the Valvetronic engine and the stop/start system.