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The Top Gear car review:Suzuki Swift Sport

Overall verdict
The Swift Sport isn't the most muscular of supermini hot hatches, but smart thinkers will still see the appeal.


Classic junior hot hatch drive for a bargain price


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.4 Boosterjet Sport 5dr
8.1s 125g/km 50.4 140 £18,279
The cheapest
1.2 SZ2 3dr
12.3s 116g/km 56.5 94 £9,194
The greenest
1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5 3dr
10.6s 98g/km 65.6 111 £15,829
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