Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Suzuki Swift Sport

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Suzuki Swift Sport

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Byline: Ian Donaldson

IT might sound a bit aboutface to start talking about a sporty little number by praising its fuel consumption and the gear that comes fitted as standard.

No mention - yet - of the Suzuki Sport's peppy performance. We need to speak first about two more practical aspects of this constantly surprising warmed-up hatchback.

First, it showed 51mpg on the crisply clear dashboard readout after more than 400 miles of mixed motoring.

That's miles better than the 44mpg Suzuki claims for the car and improving on the official figure in any car ranks is something that hardly ever happens.

Then you come to the equipment thrown in with every new Swift Sport. Top of the list must be satellite navigation, and it's built into the dash, not perched on top like an afterthought. Works pretty well too and will cost you hundreds more in the Swift's rivals.

Along with sat nav (added with the car's most recent spec hike) there is also DAB on the radio, which clung to the signal in places where rival systems in dearer cars have given up the ghost and gone silent.

Already standard on the Swift Sport were cruise control, Bluetooth, extra powerful headlamps, darkened windows in the rear and front fog lamps.

Then consider the price of this complete and compelling package; the five-door on test retails for PS14,449. You can save on this and take the PS500 cheaper three-door if you don't mind making it harder for rear seat passengers to squeeze inside.

Right, that's the practicalities covered. And the Swift Sport has made a compelling case for itself, you might think.

case for itself, you might think.

But why pay the PS1,490 premium for a 1.6 litre Sport over a 1.2 litre non-Sport Swift? After all, that car will move you around in a perfectly satisfactory manner and comes with most of the goodies found on the dearer version.

premium for a 1.6 litre Sport over a 1.2 litre non-Sport Swift? …

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