Looks - 10/10
When I reviewed the Suzuki Swift, I said the only thing missing from the looks was a bit of a sporty edge. Well the Swift Sport certainly answers that. On the outside you get a nice bodykit all around, a spoiler at the back, some big 17" wheels and some twin exhausts surrounded by a diffuser at the back. There are also tinted windows and a red 'sport' badge at the back. One thing's for sure; the Swift Sport looks the business. My test car was finished in a stunning white, but also looks great in any of the other colours available (think back to the SMMT Test Day Swift Sport which was finished in a cracking blue).
Handling/Performance - 10/10
Well that's simple really; utterly brilliant. I think the real winner is the 6-speed gearbox that few rivals offer. Coupled to the VVT engine this makes for a great performance package. The VVT engine loves to be revved, but also needs to be in the higher revs to get its power down. This is why the 6-speed box really works, because it allows you to work the engine and stay in the power band, meaning that you can always have a bit of oomph at the touch of your right foot. The car goes from being incredibly nippy on the A roads, to being a 6th gear motorway cruiser, with cruise control as a bonus too.
Economy - 10/10
Fun - 10/10
Now if there's one thing a small, sporty hatchback should have then that would be the fun factor. Thankfully the Swift Sport has more than enough charm and never fails to put a smile on your face. I remember deliberately going around mini roundabouts several times just in awe of the grip levels; you would pass out from the dizziness long before the tyres let go of the tarmac. Even in the wet this thing would mean your spirits were never dampened, and for all this fun the Swift Sport will always have a soft spot in my heart. I'd happily own one of these cars, and would probably never bore of it. It's one of a rare breed that I often talk about here; a car that makes you want to go on a drive for no reason other than the heck of it. A car that makes you take the twistier scenic route because that will provide the greatest thrill. And best of all, a car that will please the enthusiastic driver when he is on his own, but also will make a sensible family car when he has passengers.
Total Score - 50/50