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It’s small, it drives like a rocket and it’s quick round the bends. Is there anything we don’t like about the Swift Sport?

22 Jan 2010

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I have a friend who has a very positive outlook towards her petite stature. She likes to refer to herself as fun-sized. Like those mini-snickers bars you find at the bottom of a candy basket. Besides the obvious reference to her physical appearance, she is quite a fun character to be around as well.

She’s bubbly, a little crazy at times (especially when there’s too much caffeine in her) and always noisy. If she were ever a car, she’ll find her spiritual brethren in the Suzuki Swift Sport (SSS). On top of sharing the same adorable looks, the fun-spirited handling that the SSS exudes is akin to her peppy personality.

That I believe is one of the core prerequisites that make a hot hatch a hot hatch. Besides the handling, a hot hatch should embody a slight edginess like the sort you get with a Jack Russell pup. The car will get you to your destination at a reasonable pace but you’ll get there with a smile on your face attacking every apex along the way. The SSS manages to keep things exciting by being responsive at the right gears and taking on corners with a slight drift in the rear.

The SSS has carved quite a reputation (both good and bad) for itself in the local motoring psyche. The good being that at just slightly over $60k, there’s nothing on the market that can offer the same kind of driving fun that the SSS delivers in spades.

What’s the bad then? Well, considering every boyracer/Ah Beng has one parked under his HDB block, you start to see why it’s been the poster car for motoring hooliganism.

From tailgating on the expressways to reckless manoeuvres in heavy traffic, the SSS has been a victim of irresponsible hatchback ownership. Which in turn raises insurance premiums for every SSS owner.

Then again, I can sympathise with the boyracer/Ah Beng crowd on the issue of driving like the devil’s chasing you.

The SSS preys on those with little self-control because it brings out the naughtiness of the closet hooligan in you if you let it. The easy revving heart that beats within coupled with the smooth five speed manual just begs to be driven hard.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

VVT

Engine Cap

:

1586cc

Horsepower

:

93kW (125 bhp)

Torque

:

140 Nm

Transmission

:

5-speed (M)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.9sec

Top Speed

:

200km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.3 km/L

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