A measured power, a weight content and an attractive price: here are the ingredients that made the success of the 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport. Constrained by current standards, this new generation had to adapt by opting for a less malussée engine and new safety equipment. Is Japanese still a fun car?
140 HP, 970 kg and 20 750 €, here’s how to summarize, in a few figures, the philosophy of the Suzuki Swift Sport. Rather than fall into the race for performance in the image of its competitors like the Renault Clio RS, the Ford Fiesta ST or the Volkswagen Polo GTi, the Japanese firm has made the choice to stay on measured power levels, where competition is more scarce and the Much more affordable prices.
The new generation of Swift with its light and rigid platform to wish was a perfect base to concoct a real small GTi. The former 1.6 atmospheric engine of 136 HP, which was penalized by the new European standards, was replaced by a supercharged 1.4 (Boosterjet), the one of the Satara S.
The other axis of work will have been to maintain a weight content. Suzuki is even better since the Swift Sport lightens 80 kg compared to its predecessor with a weight of only 970 kg on the scale. A really powerful score compared to its competitors of the same power, the Abarth 595 (1 045 kg) or Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 140 (1 164 kg). This ballerina weight allows the Swift to align the 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 s and offer a V-Max of 210 km/h.
The chassis has also been optimized via a decreasing center of gravity (-15 mm), enlarged channels (+ 40 mm) and firm suspensions. The stabilizer bar has been reinforced and some modifications to the bearings have increased the level of firmness without increasing the spring setting. So the Swift maintains an excellent maintenance without penalizing comfort. The pneumatic mount remains reasonable with Continental 195/45 R17 at all four Corners.
The 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport marks its pedigree with vivid colors in the image of this yellow “Champion yellow” tribute to the car engaged in the Junior World Championship, a muscular shield underlined carbon and a spoiler. 17 ‘ ‘ alloy rims and a double exhaust outlet complete the sports outfit.
On board, some decorative inserts, an ALU crankset as well as a specific instrumentation that measures the Jets, lap times and braking make their appearance. The quality of the plastics is still passable, but one consoles itself with the arrival of good semi-bucket seats as well as a large amount of driving aids such as for example the detection of pedestrians and obstacles, the help to keep in the way and a large Content of standard equipment, which directly impacts the price compared to its predecessor. namely 20 750 € on the French market.
2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Test Drive; Fun!
The Swift Sport trades its four-cylinder 1.6 atmospheric which was expressed in the towers, against a supercharged 1.4. The Boosterjet of 140 HP has certainly less character and chest but it has the merit of being well full from the beginning to the middle of counter-towers. The thrust is straightforward and the accelerations full of spirit with sometimes some overflows of torque (230 Nm) on the front train. More than a power binge, it is above all its weight/power ratio favorable to it with a ratio of 7kg/ch is very close to that of a Polo GTi (6.4 kg/ch) which announces 200 hp on the bench.
Unfortunately, in the ear, it’s the flat calm. The sound is far too discreet in relation to the diameter of the exhaust outlets. One of the main disappointments. One would have liked that this little Swift barked at the acceleration and backfire to the foot survey, unfortunately, it is a phone. This low-displacement block is mainly profiting from the weight of the body (970 kg) to express itself. It is well supported by a 6-speed mechanical box that is well-staged and easy to use. We would have preferred lower levels, but this marriage is working.
Our test on the heights of Malaga will have claimed an average of 9.8 l/100km in sports driving, which with a tiny tank of 36 liters offers a very limited autonomy. So be vigilant.
The driving position may be displeasing to the large gauges because of a seat that remains high, even set to a minimum, despite good semi-bucket seats with impeccable maintenance.
His chassis has literally conquered us. The Japanese are easy to take in hand, accessible to the largest number and especially manageable. Its agility in the corners and its ease of placement instantly give the banana. This easy-to-handle toy Damia more readily from the rear train once the (many) driving aids are disconnected, but always in a considerate manner. Add to this a very high-quality depreciation that does not alter the comfort and you get all the advantages of an “old-fashioned” GTi with today’s security.
Equipment: Complete without options
The new Swift Sport will be sold at least June 2018 at a price of € 20 750. The endowment will include standard is intended to be generous a 7 ‘ ‘ touchscreen with Bluetooth connection, 3d navigation and compatible Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Nippon also improves its offer of active safety equipment with a pedestrian detection system, emergency braking aid, line crossing alert, driver alerting function and an adaptive speed controller. In parallel seven colors are proposed, among them the new red shades “burning red Pearl Metallic speedy Blue metallic”.
The 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport receives a front detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor. The first is responsible for medium to long distance detection and recognition of elements such as pedestrians and ground markings, and for the other works on short distances and night.