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Suzuki Swift is not a boy racer

Talking further about Suzuki’s latest third-generation Swift Sport – like the Swift GTi of the 80’s and 90’s this latest Swift hot hatch offers skyrocket performance but now offers enormous body rigidity with five-star safety credentials. I drove the six-speed manual at 25,490 and the six-speed auto with manual paddle shifters at $27,490. It gets a larger 1.4-litre 103Kw turbo engine, mid-range torque is a high point and 80 kilos lighter than its predecessor, this small Suzuki Swift is a proverbial skyrocket. But it’s not a boy racer like the early GTi’s, whilst lower and wider the body kit is tasteful and more polished with nice alloy wheels – likewise inside the sportier seats are not over-bolstered. It has the latest safety elements including autonomous emergency braking and a reversing camera but the performance adds substantially to cost. It feels very rigid, something the old Swift GTi’s never did. My choice would be the manual – a nice shift with excellent ratios. I’m David Berthon

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