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Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 pricing and specs confirmed

The new Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 model is slightly dearer than its predecessor, but comes loaded with standard equipment.

Pricing and specifications for the Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 model have been announced, with the third-generation model asking buyers to spend a little more than before.

The new Swift Sport starts at $25,490 for the six-speed manual model, and $27,490 for the new six-speed automatic. Those numbers represent a $1000 jump on the predecessor, and it's clear that Suzuki has a little less wiggle room at the top of its range, with the existing flagship model - the GLX Turbo - listing at $22,990.

But the fact of the matter is that this new model is better equipped than the old car - not least of all being the extensive safety offering on all Swift Sport models.

The Swift Sport is fitted with auto emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (above 60km/h – has a warning light and can vibrate the steering wheel, but won’t steer for you) and a driver sway control system that the company describes as a “drowsiness and distraction monitor”.

It also has auto high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control, plus a reversing camera with visual guidelines.

Most Suzuki Swift models have the maximum five-star ANCAP crash test rating – the base model GL missed out on achieving that score when tested in 2017 due to a lack of active safety kit - and the Swift Sport has the five-star score. It has six airbags (dual front, front-side and full-length curtain).

As for other tech, there’s a 7.0-inch touchscreen with extended smartphone connectivity by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and built-in sat nav. Plus it has a standard reversing camera now (that used to be an optional accessory).

Inside, There’s a 7.0-inch screen with the extended smartphone connectivity and built-in navigation. Inside, There’s a 7.0-inch screen with the extended smartphone connectivity and built-in navigation.

Other niceties include push-button start, keyless entry, climate control, automatic high-beam lights, LED headlights and fog-lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a full body-kit, dual exhausts, and sportier interior. The cabin features sports front seats, red trimming on the doors and dashboard, red instrument dials and a new driver info screen with extra metrics.

The 17-inch wheels are a bit blingy, but likable. The 17-inch wheels are a bit blingy, but likable.

Under the bonnet of the Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre ‘BoosterJet’ turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which is turned up to the tune of 103kW and 230Nm, which is a staggering 70Nm than the old 1.6-litre non-turbo in the previous Swift Sport. Those numbers are massive by class standards, but the Swift is extremely light - the six-speed manual model weighs just 970 kilograms, while the six-speed auto weighs 990kg.

Suzuki claims fuel use of just 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres for the Swift Sport, no matter whether you buy the automatic or the manual. The 0-100km/h time claimed by Suzuki is a rather unimpressive 8.0 seconds, but it feels faster than that - read the review to find out more.

If you're curious as to where the Suzuki Swift Sport sits among its competitors, here's a rundown of its competitive set.

The Volkswagen Polo GTI runs a 1.8-litre turbo four with 141kW and 320Nm, and it starts at $27,690 for the manual and $30,190 for the auto. It will be replaced by an all-new model later in 2018.

The Renault Clio RS has a 1.6-litre turbo four with 147kW and 260Nm, but only has a six-speed dual-clutch auto. It starts at $30,990 for the Sport model, $32,490 for the Cup model, and $38,990 for the Trophy flagship. It has just been facelifted for 2018.

The Ford Fiesta ST runs a 1.6-litre turbo four with 134kW and 240Nm, and only has a six-speed manual available. It is priced at $27,490, but the current-generation model is on its way out - we expect it won't be on sale beyond 2018.

Example: Would you choose the Suzuki Swift Sport over one of its competitors? Tell us in the comments below.

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