The Swift Sport is the penultimate variant in the Suzuki Swift range, and the last remaining Japanese hot-hatch in this size bracket.

The Sport is priced from $25,490 for the six-speed manual or $27,490 for the six-speed torque converter automatic.

Explore the 2019 Suzuki Swift Range

Its performance credentials are boosted by a 103kW/230Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine from the larger Vitara SUV, as well as re-tuned suspension and larger 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Swift Sport still has the 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with built-in nav as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support but adds a colour multifunction display between the dial clusters with performance gauges. LED headlamps are also standard.

Standard safety items include auto emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist (LKAS), lane departure warning (LDW) and active cruise control.

The Sport gains improved bucket-style front seats but has the same 242-litre luggage capacity with the seats up (or 556L with the seats down).

It has a claimed/combined fuel consumption figure of 6.1L/100km and requires a minimum of 95RON petrol.