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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift Sport
For:Classic junior hot hatch drive for a bargain price
Against:Some will still yearn for more power
What is it?
The second iteration of one of TopGear’s favourite budget hatches has got its first full makeover since 2006. Don’t be misled by the familiar looks, for this really is a new car. This time round, Suzuki has given it more power but also managed to keep the weight down, to just 1,045kg. This is hundreds of kilos less than comparable superminis, which is what makes the Swift Sport such a thriller.
Suzuki has given the chassis an extensive engineering overhaul, subtly beefed up the styling and mated the high-revving 1.6-litre engine to a Sport-specific six-speed gearbox. It has all the ingredients of a genuine cracker.