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New Suzuki Swift Sport: New and

The new Suzuki Swift Sport is of an evolution than a revolution. has taken the same basic for the previous Sport, made a few here and there and created a marketer may call a #8216;new and car. I#8217;ve never understood that phrase, but in the of the Swift Sport, it seems to

As I discovered on the European launch year. the new car is in many ways a improvement on the old model. Apologies for myself, but the new Swift Sport is lighter, bigger and more It#8217;s also more efficient and produces less CO2

Case closed then? The new Sport is the one to have? Well no, not Despite spending a fantastic with the new car, I still shake the feeling that the old car is

I know I#8217;m probably a voice and it#8217;s a highly opinion, but I didn#8217;t quite head over heels for the new car in the way as I did with the old one. Allow me to

Maybe it#8217;s a classic of a first love? Within of getting behind the wheel of the old car I was All I wanted to do from that onwards was drive. Destinations irrelevant.

Estimated times of arrival a fuzzy haze. Taking the way home became the norm and my was full of pints of milk I really need.

With the new Sport, there was no instant For a start, I don#8217;t think the new car as good as the old one. Perhaps the red of my test car doesn#8217;t help, but the old car looks more balanced and in proportion.

Original is most best.

Once inside, the Sport is rather familiar. If it would be easy to criticise the for being a little too conservative. from the red stitching and detailing, a rather sombre affair. But like the old car, the lack of soon becomes highly The simplicity is refreshing, the ergonomics are and you get the distinct impression that it be highly durable.

But if I may be hypercritical for a it would be nice if the gear was leather to match the delightful wheel.

Of course, talking the car#8217;s looks and interior is a sideshow in comparison to the driving On the B-roads of Britain is where the new Sport is going to earn its So how does it do?

In a word, brilliantly. everything I liked about the old car been carried over to the new I#8217;m still not convinced the 6-speed gearbox is as nice to use as the old but it really doesn#8217;t matter.

Such is the way the Swift Sport its fun on a B-road, the gearbox could be as as a stick in a bucket for all I care.

My disappointment with the car was soon away by the realisation that the Sport just loves to be Like its predecessor, the Sport#8217;s spot can be found at higher above 4,000 to be precise, the 6-speed box meaning there#8217;s one gear to shift through. The exhaust note only to encourage enthusiastic driving and regular downshifts.

24 hours after the car was delivered I it into action on the Dawn run to Pentillie Castle. Initially I was that putting it at the front of a of cars that included the of a Porsche 993 bi-turbo, Nissan and Mégane R26 would be a mistake. I have worried. The Swift was fantastic.

My heart was beating the adrenalin was pumping and the little gave me the best drive had in many months.

The consensus of that morning was that the Sport is a cracking car. in the Mégane commented that he had to hard to keep up with the with everyone raising an or two. Its relatively lowly may look small on paper, but out on typically British A and B-roads it wasn#8217;t out of place.

And this is the point. In the real the Swift Sport can deliver that a supercar simply match. Make no mistake, the Sport is no lukewarm hatch. the real deal.

It#8217;s a communicative little thing. The is sharp, the turn-in is good and the of grip are high. The car is deliciously to impress, with the rear obediently following the front making cornering properly

The ride is composed, with the most potted of B-roads to upset the car#8217;s balance Body roll is almost with the whole car feeling more stable than the old I put this down to its supportive seats and its wider and longer The pay off is that the new car feels ever so less chuckable than the old

Less playful and less in feel. It#8217;s not by much, but definitely noticeable.

And perhaps this decreased playfulness makes the difference. In almost way, the new Swift Sport is an on the old car. The sixth gear a massive difference, ensuring the car has all round appeal.

On long distances, the Suzuki is better, feeling more more comfortable and more on motorways. It helps the economy Across an entire week of spirited driving, the average economy never dropped 40mpg.

Other reports that figures of mid to high 40s out of the question. That#8217;s genuinely impressive.

What#8217;s more, the old car, the new Swift Sport is choosy when it comes to You can safely put a tank of 95 RON in the new car and it won#8217;t up a fuss. So the new car will undoubtedly be to run.

It gets a lot of attention And I mean A LOT. During the I had it, many people remarked on how it looks and it received unanimous from all who came into with it. Even my local who hasn#8217;t once commented on any of the parked outside my house, a point of asking me about it, on to say it would be perfect for the local I couldn#8217;t agree more.

His forecasts may be abysmal, but he clearly a good car when he sees

On a long trip to Legoland on the the car also turned more than any other car I#8217;ve On the queue to leave Legoland in the oncoming drivers were their necks to take a look at the Suzuki. Seriously, Middleton riding a Ducati NCR M16 have received less The Sport#8217;s side profile is the successful, with the 17#8243; nicely filling the arches and the rear window and cheeky spoiler completing the look.

The back is equally impressive, the twin exhausts and rear subtly enhancing the looks the standard model. In fact, its the that#8217;s the least effective, the headlights and fog lights look

And yet, despite all of this, still choose the old car. the new car is bigger. Yes, the new car is lighter. it#8217;s less harmful to bears. Yes, the new car will be to run.

And yes, it will appeal to a wider audience before. And this is good

But in growing up, the Swift Sport has that tiny bit of immaturity made it special. It now has a conscience and an sense of responsibility.

It makes sense in 2012 and if you#8217;re to buy a new sub-£15k hot hatch, it has to top your of options. It#8217;s a brilliant car and for me at least, a better choice the MINI Cooper or Abarth

What#8217;s more, having now it in Britain, I#8217;d choose it the Renaultsport Twingo. It#8217;s a everyday proposition and easily from behaving like a on a B-road warrior to a refined cruiser.

But my money is still on the all singing, all and delightfully retro previous Sport. I love its old school and cheeky nature.

And if it sounds to recommend an old car over a new and improved welcome to PetrolBlog. Nothing is what it seems around

For a review of the old Swift Sport, click here. To read the First review from Barcelona, click here .

PetrolBlog Score:

Suzuki Swift Sport

of milk . one of the very best, want to drive this 9 .

Filling station forecourt . but perfectly formed: 8 .

You don#8217;t see of those . Suzuki aims to 1,000 this year:   6 .

. yours for £13,499 #8211; a bit of a 5 .

Petrolbloggyness . the very heart of We love it: 9 .

Total for the new Suzuki Sport: 74 /100.

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