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Used test: Suzuki Swift Sport vs Volkswagen Up GTI verdict

Both of these diminutive hot hatches are loads of fun, plus they're seriously cheap when bought used. But which is the better buy?...

New Suzuki Swift Sport vs Volkswagen Up GTI

Our verdict

One thing’s for sure, if you were to put either of these two little pocket rockets on your driveway we think you’d be more than happy. 

Indeed bought as here, at three years old, the Swift seems like a much more tempting proposition than it does when it’s bought new, as it suddenly looks quite good value. It offers more performance than the Up, too, and more practicality. It’s also the better specced of the two cars. 

However, if you can live with its obvious space limitations, we’d go for the Up. It’s more rewarding to drive, which is a very big factor here, and it has a classier interior. In short, it’s a real hoot, and very few cars deliver as much fun for this sort of money. 

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1st – Volkswagen Up GTI

Volkswagen Up GTI front studio

For Lively performance; more entertaining handling; classier interior
Against Infotainment system is a faff to use; not very practical

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Suzuki Swift Sport front studio

For Stronger performance; bigger boot; more compliant ride
Against Sky-high insurance premiums; disappointing interior; not quite as much fun to drive

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Boosterjet

Suzuki Swift Sport rear studio

Engine 4cyl, 1373cc, turbo, petrol
Power 138bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 170lb ft @ 2500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 7.6sec
Top speed 130mph
Official fuel economy 50.5mpg NEDC (50.1mpg WLTP)
CO2 emissions 125g/km NEDC  (127g/km WLTP)


Specifications: Volkswagen Up GTI

Volkswagen Up GTI rear studio

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Power 113bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 148lb ft @ 2000rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 9.0sec
Top speed 122mph
Official fuel economy 58.9mpg NEDC (51.4mpg WLTP)
CO2 emissions 110g/km NEDC (120g/km WLTP)


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