Suzuki Swift Sport – a Hot Hatch in Disguise
Automologist ATHERTON takes it for a spin and he likes it.
A wolf in sheep’s clothing – that aptly applies to this new Suzuki Swift Sport. Brought into Malaysia by Naza Eastern Motors, it is suitable for the boy or girl racer in us. With a front grille that looks rather menacing from the rearview mirror and a roofline that drapes to the back and with dual tailpipes, this car can go fast and it does.
The 1.4-litre petrol-powered Booster Jet Turbocharger paired with a 6-speed automatic tranny and paddle shifters makes this a fun and spirited car to drive. As you enter, you’re greeted by a cabin that is clean and clear – minimalistic, I would say. The sport seats with red stitching and sporty aluminium pedals complement that racing feel. It is when you switch to the paddle shifters, the buzz when you upshift or downshift is exhilarating. It just keeps giving more.
You get a 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and voice recognition that is just the right size for this car. For petrolheads and those heavy on the right foot, a turbo boost gauge is of course there, not forgetting the oil temperature, gear positioning and G-force meter, just to name a few.
In terms of safety, you get 6 airbags at the front, side and rear so not only is this car quick but safe as well. There are two ISOFIX child seat anchorages, ABS with EBA & EBD, ESP, Hill-Hold Assist, engine immobilizer and rear camera with parking sensors. There are also 3 cup holders and 4 bottle holders – the manufacturers have managed to squeeze in every ounce of space for your convenience. If you have a young family, this car would be ideal.
In regards to maintenance, spare parts are readily available and you can have the car serviced at Suzuki’s service centre in Petaling Jaya. For outstation customers, they will assign a mobile team to cater to your needs. How’s that for convenience? Naza Eastern Motors is also planning to open a showroom and service centre in a few regions in the near future.
Priced at RM139,900.00 on the road without insurance and with most features mentioned, this is a worth-your-money buy. As for colours, you have a choice of Champion Yellow, Speedy Metallic Blue, Burning Red Metallic and Pearl Pure White. Who’s getting one?