Suzuki Swift 1.6 Sport in the test

Markus Stier
Suzuki Swift 1.6 Sport in the test
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V let's just replace ourselves with the situation of the Suzuki Swift Sport: There you come to a magazine in which you are the lowest corner of the range of topics; know that from now on AMG and 911 grinned at you in the underground car park; have to overhear the editors say things like 'I'll just take it'; and then you should also deliver a squeaky clean performance, because otherwise there is a lot of pressure on the lid from all sides. Let's put it this way: HP-SE 201 was by no means to be envied when it set out for the one and a half year long-term test on January 25, 2013.

Suzuki Swift 1.6 Sport grows on the heart

Yes Even if a few colleagues (have to) let it be said that everything they contributed to the total of over 70,000 km was almost a hundred in the Stuttgart area, 'Suzy' has grown dear to some over time. The Suzuki Swift Sport is now a tradition at sport auto . Some say it is part of the inventory. It all started in 2010, still with 125 PS, the same Supreme Red Metallic paint, which has unfortunately been removed in the meantime, but a somewhat bumpy reliability record in the endurance test.

Since then - this much is anticipated - but not only the longevity improves, even the biggest criticism from last time has now been sorted out. A colleague grumbled at the time that you should only drive the car with earmuffs above 120 km /h. Another hit the same line with the recommendation to equip the Suzuki Swift Sport with headphones as standard.

Okay, the Suzuki Swift Sport is still not one of the quiet movers. The new six-speed manual transmission now significantly reduces the speed and noise level, especially on the motorway. Or to put it another way: complaints of an acoustic nature are now reduced to the wind noise that whines around the driver's door seal from speedometer 180.

In 8.9 seconds to 100 km /h

Plus Suzuki turned the performance screw a bit in the course of the facelift. Instead of 125 hp, the sixteen hundred now squeezes out 136, which together with the torque that has been pepped up to 160 Newton meters and the shorter gear ratio also brings measurable advantages. In a brave 8.9 seconds, the front-wheel drive car toiled to 100 km /h during the input measurement - seven tenths faster than its predecessor. To theComparison: A Mini Cooper with a supercharged three-cylinder and identical performance takes away a smooth second.

The differences to the turbo are even more drastic in the passage of the large gears, with which the four-cylinder vacuum cleaner can only very well laboriously heaves out of the speed cell. Means: If you want to be snappy, you have to change gear in the Suzuki Swift Sport. Often, or better said: permanent - which is not a disadvantage, however, since the corridors click into one another on their short knob like Lego Duplo bricks.

It may no longer be contemporary, it is definitely timeless - also because of all the trappings. Because the Suzuki Swift Sport is not one of those who pretend, symposize sounds or dynamize steering, but is simply what it is: direct, straightforward, honest and solid at the same time. Only once during his entire sport auto internship did he have to make an unscheduled pit stop - because of a minor issue.

Suzuki Swift Sport attacked by martens

After For a good 60,000 kilometers, a screw in the window guide had shaken itself loose, which blocked the lifting function and was initially fixed temporarily by a workshop in southern France, then finally and free of charge in Germany. The Suzuki Swift Sport itself was not responsible for any other inconvenience in the long-term test.

Right at the start, a marten plastered large parts of the air conditioning lines in the engine compartment, later a stone shot a major laceration in the windshield before it was given his turn after first the USB socket, the rear side panel including the bumper and finally the exterior mirror. Excuse me for that, little one!

But he doesn’t let the slack be noted. In contrast to its predecessor, which creaked unabashedly with the plastic long before the 50,000 kilometer mark was reached in the endurance test, it would also pass as a young used car. The furniture still holds still on rough bumps; the excellent, a little too high mounted seats are not a bit worn out; Apart from a few fingernail marks, you can see little or nothing on the plain plastic surfaces; So that the smooth-rolled perforated leather on the steering wheel and the slightly sanded clutch at the end are the only visible signs of age.

Excessive consumption

It is also remarkable how carefully the Suzuki Swift Sport handles its wear parts . Neither one of the two sets of tires nor the brake discs had to be replaced during the endurance test. And that has less to do with the driving style than with the low weight of just 1,060 kilograms. Only when it comes to fuel consumption do expectation and reality differ somewhat. In the last endurance test, 8.9 liters per 100 kilometers could still be explained with the missing sixth gear, but there are no more excuses for the 8.7 in this specific case.

But no matter how big the difference in consumption compared to some modern downsizing units may be - assuming you always have to be careful with the accelerator - it remains the only recurring complaint in the long-term test diary.

Everything else is isolated: That's how someone complains the sensitivity to cross winds disturbs someone else that something is always whining, while a third person demonizes the luggage compartment cover, which has to be lifted by hand every time it is loaded. Only once did he really have to listen to something: he was a “punishment”, ranted a legibly angry colleague, “a relic from the past” with a “bad air pump” from the engine and “much too hard suspension”.

The price is right

The return coach followed in the next comment, in which one of the many Swift fans countered that 'someone probably didn't understand the principle of this car'. Either way, the price is right. Suzuki is currently paying 18,990 euros for its only sports model, which means that the Swift generally ranks a good 700 euros below a Mini Cooper.

If you also credit the Suzuki Swift Sport for the standard equipment, the savings climb quickly over the 2,600 euro mark. Bi-xenon headlights, metallic paint, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch, MP3 radio, Keyless Go - everything is just as much a part of the standard equipment as the great fun it makes on country roads.

Best drives you can do it in rally style: brake late into corners so that the rear axle pushes, cut nicely through the verge at the apex and finally turn, turn, turn until you either reach the shift point beyond 7,000 rpm or the next corner.

Suzuki Swift Sport dances in slalom

A note on the side: As one of the few, the Suzuki Swift Sport has a conventional handbrake. And it is well known that it is not only used to start up on the mountain ... But it does not buckle in the serious dynamic disciplines either. Despite the simple chassis architecture and tires, which are definitely not the stickier ones, you can dance it through the slalom practically just as quickly as veritable sports cars à la Jaguar F-Type S.

In Hockenheim, of course, something more is missing. Although it sticks with vigor in the corner with its cool steering, the straights even on the small course are simply too long for someone like him. We will still miss him. If only because after Kobe beef, pike dumplings and physalis soufflé, you simply need a sandwich in between.


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