Week ending June 29
Driven this week: 270 miles
Read the full Suzuki Swift review
The Swift Sport handles brilliantly in town, zipping around mini roundabouts, and tucking neatly into the smallest of spaces. It's a real joy to drive and has so much fizz that even long queues at the lights aren't a bore.
Our little hot hatch is about to embark on its first long motorway trip today. Its seats are quite firm, so I'll be interested to see if I'm still smiling after our 340 mile slog up to the Lake District.
Driven this week: 259 miles
What's really striking about Suzuki's new Swift Sport is its knockout value. Unusually, there isn't an option in sight - what you see is what you get; and what you get is a lot. Even the metallic paint comes as standard.
The Sport also boasts a whole array of staple safety kit: seven airbags, ABS with electronic braking-force distribution, auto headlamps, and even electronic stability control are factory-fitted.
Gadgets are plentiful, too: six speakers, integrated Bluetooth, wheel mounted audio and voice activation controls, USB port, electric windows, and even automatic air conditioning won't cost you a penny extra.
Plus, if you buy at Target Price, you'll have change from £13,000, which is a pretty impressive package - and that's before you even start thinking about how many thrills this little hot hatch has up its sleeve.
Week ending June 15
Driven this week: 156 miles
I’ve always been a massive hot hatch fan, so I couldn’t wait for the arrival of our Suzuki Swift Sport.
In many ways, the Swift is the spiritual successor to my very first car – the Peugeot 205 GTI – with its revvy 1.6-litre petrol engine, agile chassis and sharp, accurate steering. All this makes the Suzuki wonderfully engaging and rewarding to drive.
However, unlike my old Peugeot, the Swift isn’t only brilliant when you want to have fun. Its supple ride is great for pottering around town, while its sixth gear (the Peugeot only had five) makes for much less frenetic motorway jaunts.
The Swift is even remarkably well equipped, with climate and cruise controls, keyless start, Bluetooth and a USB socket for your MP3 player. For me, it’s one of the most rounded cars about.
Suzuki Swift 1.6 Sport
Week ending June 8
Driven this week: 348 miles
Unlike a lot of people in the office, I'm generally underwhelmed by the prospect of having a hot-hatch for the night. It usually ends up with 100 motorway miles of a constantly loud thrum from the engine, a horribly firm ride and me being in an utterly foul mood.
However, the Swift was nothing like that. The engine had a playful grumble to it, but was far from irritating when cruising at 70mph, and the ride was far from harsh even on the poorer parts of motorway surface.
It's not as hardcore as our Mini Coupe, but I think the Swift is better suited to my usual driving conditions.
Week ending June 1
Driven this week 30 miles
The impish-looking Suzuki Swift Sport is the latest newbie on the What Car? fleet, and since it arrived I’ve been hard-pressed to get in it, such has been the buzz it’s sparked among the team.
I think its quirky, sporty styling easily makes it one of the hottest hot hatches on the road right now, and the early signs are that it’s got the punch to match its looks.
So far, I’ve been impressed with its slick, easy gearchanges, the up and at 'em seating position and agility. It’s early days, but I think the Swift and I are going to have some fun.