2018 Suzuki Swift Sport launched into Australia - Asian Car Guide
August 16, 2018




2018 Suzuki Swift Sport launched into Australia

2018 suzuki swift sport

For the launch of the new edition of Suzuki Swift Sport Melbourne motoring journalists journeyed 90 kms north of Melbourne to Victoria’s Broadford State Motorcycle circuit, on a 30 degree plus day, which really stimulated the body appropriately.

About a dozen journalists were set loose for about ten sets of three laps, free to lap as fast as each could manage around the track to get a really good idea of just how the fast by name cars actually handle under pressure.

To set us up we were first treated to a series of lap handling demonstrations by twice Australian superbike champion Josh Waters on his race spec Suzuki GSX-R1000R competition bike, us to reproduce his performance as best we could.

There is a fairly long straight to build up high speed, leading into hill climbing sweeping curves, becoming unsighted over a hilltop and descending to more curves and a smaller straight.

Josh seemed to reach about mid 200 k’s down the main straight, and handled the rest of the circuit with enviable poise.

An interesting question given Suzuki is one of the main motorcycle manufacturers and racers, would be how many people own Suzuki bikes, and then move to cars?

2018 suzuki swift Sport interior
New Suzuki Swift Sport interior

That should make for a better and more careful car driver, since the safety stakes are higher on a motor bike.

Anyway, getting to the cars themselves, the basic Suzuki Swift is itself a compelling entry level car, retailing around $17k driveaway, but this new Swift Sport is much more generously equipped and outfitted, retailing from $25,490 ORC, competing with Ford and Volkswagen as a ‘hot hatch’.

It has rally inspired styling with focus on sporting elements throughout for this flagship of the range.

The new edition Swift Sport has a longer, very contemporary new hexagonal nose with black honeycomb mesh grill, to match the front lower spoiler, side skirt mini running boards, lower tail and side pillars on the car, all black.

Wider and lower, with more protruding front and rear haunches combined with the new nose, it looks aggressive and as if it means business.

It has distinctive polished 17” alloys, D shaped steering wheel and twin tail pipes with specially tuned low note.

There are restyled auto levelling LED projector head lamps with LED Day Time Running lights and Fog lights, restyled  tail lights and fog light enclosure, and it is a bit bigger all round.

Head/leg room was very adequate in both front and back for this six footer. The yellow colour of most of the cars we drove suits them very well, but other choices are yellow, white, black, and metallic mineral grey or blue.

Most of the cars tested had auto transmission, only a few manuals. The motoring purists all rushed to sample the manuals, but the new auto transmission (which thankfully replaces the previous CVT.

We think this was a wise thing to do) works extremely well, and as someone who seldom uses manuals I found rapid gear changes on curves hard work, let alone for everyday use around the city.

Most people choose automatics anyway, though hot hatches can be an exception. Maybe a dual clutch auto could be next, but only if it is a good one, and that’s difficult.

Engines have gone from 1.6 Litre non turbo to 1.4 Litre direct injected intercooled turbo, a common trend these days to give greater power, torque, and effective rev range, combined with better fuel economy and lower emissions.

Expanded safety gear includes six airbags, 2 child isofix and 3 child seat tether anchor points, Auto Emergency and ABS with EBD Braking, ESC, Lane Departure and Weaving warning, Hill Hold and Brake Assist.

Standard driving amenities include Reverse Cam, Android/ Apple connectivity, Adaptive Cruise Control and Speed Limiting, Mp3, WMA, Bluetooth, USB and 12v connections, 7” info screen, Keyless Start, Satnav.

Driving the cars around the track we were able to get a very good idea of how they handle dynamically of course, and we found they are pretty well bullet proof, with little body roll and great grip on cornering, and impressive acceleration on planting the foot down the straights, bearing in mind engine size.

Providing 2 or 2.5 Litre turbo engines would offer much more, but of course also cost a good deal more, and also kerb weight of only 970kg makes for better acceleration and manoeuvrability.

Specifications:

  • Engine:1.4 Litre 4 cylinder boosterjet turbo
  • Transmission: 6 speed manual or automatic
  • Power kW: 103 @ 5,500rpm
  • Torque Nm: 230 @ 2,500-3,000rpm
  • Brakes: ventilated disc front, solid disc rear
  • Suspension: Mac strut front, torsion beam rear
  • Kerb weight kg: 970 M/Transmission, 990 A/Transmission
  • Fuel:  Tank:  37 Litres
  • Economy: 6.1 Litres/100km, Emissions: 141 g/km
  • Dimensions mm:  L 3890 W 1735 H 1495 WB 2450  turning circle 10.2
  • Price: RRP 25,490 + $2000 for Auto