Used Suzuki Swift Sport (2012 - 2016) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Oct 2015
4.5
Improving refinement can be a minefield. Too much and you’ll dull a car down so much it loses character.

4 out of 5

Comfort

It’s a nice place to be. Often there’s a penalty to be paid with sports-orientated cars on longer drives, but Suzuki Swift Sport comfort levels aren’t compromised quite as much. The seats are firm and supportive yet not to the point of being uncomfortable.

The ride helps too, being supple yet not at all devoid of feeling, and quieter than competitors at the same time. The leather-clad steering wheel also adds a touch of class.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

The Swift Sport is a small car. The boot will hold 211 litres with the rear seats up and 512 with the rear seats folded down. That slots it neatly in between the Renault Twingo (165 and 285 litres respectively) and the Citroen DS3 (285 and 980 litres respectively).

There’s room for two adults in the back – just – but don’t expect a massive amount of head or legroom. Unlike the previous Sport, the rear seat backs will split 60:40 if required.

You also get keyless entry, meaning as long as the key is somewhere on your person you’ll be able to unlock the car by touching the small black button on the door handle. You can then get in and start the car using the push-button starter.

Suzuki Swift Sport practicality credentials received a real boost with the addition of a five-door model in summer 2013.

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How does the boot space compare?

290 litres
285 litres
Suzuki Swift Sport (12-16)
211 litres
165 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Make no mistake, the Swift Sport isn’t going to win any interior design awards for lavish equipment levels or luxurious materials. That said, it’s an honest and robust environment with enough kit for its purpose and, crucially, doesn’t feel at all as cheap as its price would suggest.

The dash is fairly stylish, with a clear and easy-to-read computer display in the middle flanked by the rev counter on the left and speedo on the right. Temperature and fuel gauges complete the driver’s view of the car’s vitals, with a simple stereo and climate control taking up the centre of the dash.

The gear knob is exactly where it should be, the bucket seats keep you supported should the driver decide to open up the taps a little, and visibility is excellent too.