Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
You don’t need prodigious power or mega money to have serious fun…
Posted: 09 Mar 2012
The Mini's design is highly individual, and that makes lots of people want one, even if its success perversely undermines the individuality, because there are three Minis in your street. And you've probably formed a view of those other owners and decided whether you want to be identified with them by driving the same car. I say: if you like the car, go ahead and buy it, even if they're not your type - why let people you don't like have all the fun?
The Suzuki is a simple proposition, setting out to cram a lot into its little body. As much space, as much performance, as much spirit, as much value as it possibly can. Good on it. Nostalgia always takes a simplified view of the past, and the Suzuki is obeying most of the simple, old-school, hot-hatch rules. And the rules it breaks are ones we're happy to see go by the board: it isn't sparsely equipped, and it has five NCAP stars. We love driving it down roads where we can let it off the leash. It paints a smile, and we salute its generosity in giving so much fun for so little money.