Published on March 27th, 2017 | by Seán Ward

Video: Driving The New Suzuki Swift

The old Suzuki Swift was a brilliant little car, particularly the Swift Sport, so what’s the new one like to drive? Well you might have read our written review but now it’s time for the video. It wouldn’t be fair of me to drive a car in the South of France without taking you along for the ride now, would it?

All but one of the cars on the launch came in hybrid form, with Suzuki’s 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ engines. Not many cars have interesting names, and fewer still have cool engine names, which is why Boosterjet surely wins the award for ‘engine name of the decade’.

As you’ll see, while the looks of the new Swift might take some getting used to, this is fun little car to drive, not just because it’s more powerful, has a new variable ratio steering system, a longer wheelbase and a shorter body, but because it’s 10% lighter than the old Suzuki Swift. As Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman once said, “adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”.

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