Having recently persuaded a colleague to purchase the Suzuki Swift, we had high hopes for delivery of the Swift Sport the other day. The Swift itself is a fun little car that is challenging the more famous and popular city hatch brands by delivering a nippy and stylish car that caters to a very fussy market. The Swift, in manual, is funky and great to drive, so we expected the Swift Sport to knock our socks off, which it didn’t.

We aren’t saying the Swift Sport is a bad car, but when you buy a sports version of anything, you expect them to throw caution to the wind, make it a little crazy and every time you touch the accelerator, you want your heart to race. You want to make other motorists take notice of you in their rear view mirrors. All the Swift Sport seems to offer is a normal Swift drive, with slightly more outlandish designs.

Having recently persuaded a colleague to purchase the Suzuki Swift, we had high hopes for delivery of the Swift Sport the other day.

The Sport has a great interior, with all the bells and whistles you may need as a trendy up and comer. It’s comfortable, well designed and good to look at. The boot is slightly small, but it isn’t meant to cater to a large family, so it served its purpose well on the week we could put it through its paces. Like the ordinary Swift, it’s a good car to drive. It has a certain amount of zip, a comfortable suspension and a very easy ride with good fuel consumption, but it’s missing a spark.

It may seem like we are being critical of the Swift Sport in this review, but if we put it into perspective, Suzuki make great cars, the Swift is a great car, and although you may not get the looks in the rear view mirrors of fellow motorists, you will get the looks on the road in general. Would we buy the Swift Sport? Maybe; not because it’s a Sport, but because it’s a Swift. At R216 900 you will have to decide which Swift to buy, but do yourself a favour and give them a try, they may surprise you as they surprised us.