New Suzuki Swift Sport vs Volkswagen Up GTI
Suzuki’s new Swift Sport promises lots of fun for the money – but is it a better bet than our current favourite baby hot hatch, the Volkswagen Up GTI?...
The graphics on the Swift’s 7.0in infotainment touchscreen look decidedly dated and the system can be quite slow to respond when you prod a button, while programming the sat-nav isn’t all that user-friendly. At least you get plenty of features, including a DAB radio, a USB socket and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Steering wheel button is a better way of adjusting things like the volume than the on-screen slider.
To get the best out of the Up’s infotainment system, you’ll need a smartphone with VW’s Maps+More app. You’ll then need to plonk your phone in the dedicated cradle and use its screen to display sat-nav, music and driving information. Trouble is, the cradle only accepts phones with a screen size of up to 5.5in. There is a small in-built screen that can handle basic functions such as changing radio stations without the need for a phone.