Review: Suzuki Swift Sport long-term test

Review: Suzuki Swift Sport long-term test
Review: Suzuki Swift Sport long-term test

Lighting up the winter gloom

The festive period over Christmas can sometimes not seem all that festive. But Suzuki’s little Swift Sport did bring a bit of winter sunshine when time started to drag. Tired of relatives and turkey surprise? Grab the keys and head out for a drive to who knows where in the sparky Suzuki.

Out on a B-road, the Swift makes swift progress, being agile, light and quick to change direction. Visibility is really good in all directions, and corners can be despatched with confidence.

Once the road opens out a bit more there’s still enough power to keep you moving along with a smile on your face. Even on the motorway it makes a perfectly acceptable motoring companion. We might have hoped for better fuel consumption, as we haven’t seen 40mpg yet, but perhaps if we slow down a bit we will.

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What’s more annoying is what other people are seeing. Given it is winter, we’ve had a fair bit of fog so we’ve been using the fog lamps. However, the front ones are activated by a switch by your knee and there’s no tell-tale to remind you to turn them off. Which ends up annoying other road users as you drive around in clear skies with the front lamps on. The rears operate off the stalk so they’re easier to remember.

While we’re on the subject of mild irritants, the screenwash reservoir seems way too small, and there’s no low-level light. Admittedly we’re using it quite a bit for safety’s sake, but when it runs out just four days after you filled it, you do think Suzuki might have built in just a bit more of a reservoir.

But, hey, these are niggles, like the way the traction control still seems to come on even when it’s switched off, but overall we have much to thank the Swift Sport for in that long interval between Christmas and New Year. It’s bringing a bit of sunshine into one of the darkest months of the year.

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