2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Launch Review - Asian Car Guide
December 11, 2018




2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Launch Review

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The long awaited all-new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport is finally here. Suzuki Australia officially unveiled the new car at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex Victoria on the 11th January 2018.

The Swift Sport has been a staple among budding car enthusiasts for generations, being both a great starter car for those seeking to learn and a great weapon on the road or track for the more experienced.

The all new Sport Swift is distinguished from the current generation regular Swift by several go faster bits that are largely similar to those on its predecessor.

As for the styling, this third generation Swift Sport now being introduced made a rather sudden departure from the curves and creases of the previous model.

2018 suzuki swift sportThe lines may look a little wild at times, with wide hips and angular lights on both ends, but it is likely a look that will grow on us.

The thin-spoke 17-inch polished alloy wheels are a little strange in design, but do fill up those wheel wells nicely.

All in all, just like the model it replaces, the Swift Sport does not look boy-racer brash or wild.

The added aggression is certainly subtle and purposeful.

We would say it is rather tasteful as well.

Under the Swift Sport’s bonnet is a new and improved version of the previous model’s 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-pot.

Suzuki’s latest products are starting to come with turbocharged powerplant options and the all-new Swift Sport is no different.

Power now comes from a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo engine, tuned to 103 kW of power and a whopping 230Nm of torque.

Such performance is complemented by a smooth-shifting six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Alright, perhaps that is not quite on par with Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI outputs, but it is pretty impressive considering how Suzuki is fairly conservative with tuning.

What is important to remember is that the Swift Sport kerb weighs just 970 kg.

It is 80 kg lighter than that of the model it replaces, despite the additional hardware required for turbocharging and also lots of hardware.

On the whole, there is traditional hot-hatchback chassis design with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam suspension round back.

The car is fitted with high-performance Monroe factory dampers, as well as hardier wheel bearings and thicker anti-roll bar joints for robustness over the standard Swift.

The suspension feels well adept in taking on twisty bends.

It feels well controlled on the race track and the Sport displays excellent body control in all the situations.

With a moderate power output to the front wheels, traction is not at a premium with this hot hatch.

The 17-inch tyres grip well in corners and engine power goes down cleanly onto the tarmac.

At higher speeds, the Swift Sport ultimately goes on to understeer but a lift of the throttle will not only tighten the cornering line but also reveal the car’s lively rear end, making its stance rather adjustable on a trailing throttle.

Enthusiasts will like the Swift Sport’s steering – it is not only precise and sharp but also displays a fair degree of feedback and feel to the driver.

Brakes are all-round disc, with front 16 inch ventilated and rear 15 inch solid discs.

Brake pedal feel is excellent and it is easy to moderate the strong braking power.

The interior also benefits from generation change as well, with modern design that more can appreciate.

Seats are comfortable, supportive and positioned much lower than those in the previous model.

Other sporty bits in here include aluminium foot pedals, dimpled leather D-shaped steering wheel with satin finish, red cross-stitching, red accents across the fuel and speed gauges, inset with discreet new boost and oil gauges, sporty alloy pedals, black upholstery all round and so on.

The rest of the cabin is standard Swift fare which means good head and legroom at the rear.

2018 suzuki swift sport interiorSafety kit is aplenty and includes 6 airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control), as well as advanced preventative safety features such as an Advanced Forward Detection System – which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning, Weaving Alert, High Beam Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Suzuki’s TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) has also been incorporated into the new lighter, yet more rigid body design. This helps to absorb and disperse energy should a collision occur.

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport – Pricing and specifications:

  • Price: $25,490 manual, $27,490 auto (plus ORCs)
  • Engine: 1.4-litre Boosterjet four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Power: 103kW at 5,500rpm
  • Torque: 230Nm at 2,500 – 3,000rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 6.1L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 37 litres
  • CO2: 141g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Safety rating: Five-star ANCAP (2018)