The latest Swift Sport is a very different little beastie from the pocket-rocket GTIs that helped give the brand a giant-killer reputation. They were raw and ragged, fast but feisty. The new contender packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in place of a high-revving atmo unit. But it’s the basics that come with the all-new Swift package – The body is bigger and more refined despite an 80kg weight drop, with massive improvements in overall refinement over the previous-generation car.

What’s under the bonnet?

The heart of the Swift Sport is the 1.4-litre turbo four. With direct fuel-injection, which Suzuki touts as Boosterjet, it makes 103kW and 230Nm. The ABDC car comes with the six-speed manual gearbox, which has a good spread of ratios but a slightly rubbery shift feel, and the usual Swift Sport stuff including 17-inch alloys with 45-Series tyres.

How does it perform?

The judges love the baby of the field, and it surprises many of them with its speed and agility, particularly when driving downhill or in a run of tighter bends. “The Swift Sport became known as the ‘mighty mouse’ of the bunch, and for good reason,” says Sam Charlwood. “If a car could score points for head and heart in the right place, the Swift would bag a million,” says Ken Gratton.

What do the judges think?

The judges’ think highly of the mighty mouse and their scorecards reflect their driving enjoyment in the Swift. The other good thing about the Swift is the way it turns even a short city sprint into a fun run. It’s possible to access the turbo surge from super-low revs and that means even a suburban roundabout can be tackled with a smile.

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport pricing and specifications:

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
Output: 103kW/230Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Fuel: 6.1L/100km (ADR Combined), 9.1L/100km (as tested)
Safety rating: Five-star ANCAP

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