Pebley’s Suzuki Sport scoops Hot Hatch triple crown at What Car awards

By Anita Jaynes on 17 January, 2014

The Suzuki Sport has been awarded the accolade of best car in its class by What Car magazine, for the third year running.

The performance flagship of the Swift range was comprehensively judged by the editorial team against some strong competition and the final vote resulted in it again receiving the Best Buy Hot Hatch for Less Than £15,000.

Dominic Threlfall, managing director of Swindon Suzuki dealer Pebley Beach said: “The great news is that Swift Sport buyers will be getting more bang for their buck in 2014 with an upgrade that includes sat nav and digital radio.

“But even with this higher spec, the Sport still comes in a £13,999 for three-door and £14,499 for the five-door model.

“And to assist younger buyers we’re offering a personal contract purchase with a special low deposit of £2,313, followed by 42 monthly payments of £219 and an optional final payment of £4,815 for the three door model.”

Swift Sport is available in a choice of four standard metallic paint finishes and is equipped with seven airbags, auto air conditioning, cruise control, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels.

In addition to standard satellite navigation and DAB radio, the Sport also has voice recognition, USB and SD connection and Bluetooth music streaming which is also compatible with iPod/ iPhone.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor in chief said: “The Suzuki Swift Sport might be based on an average small car, but this version’s rev-happy engine and sharp handling means it’s far from an average hot hatch.

“What will delight most is the body control and grip on offer, the Swift outshines more expensive rivals, giving you plenty of confidence to wring out the engine through a series of bends.

“The three-door will be enough for most buyers and we think it’s still the best affordable hot hatch you can buy.”

The Swift Sport’s 1.6-litre engine has a maximum output of 136PS at 7,000rpm and is achieved through optimisation of the intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) and increased valve lift.

The engine’s high output is combined with excellent fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the EC Combined Cycle; CO2 emissions are 147g/km and a bespoke exhaust system yields a sporty note. The Sport is fitted with a six speed manual transmission as standard.

The Sport is proving very popular with customers, achieving well over 110 per cent of sales target in 2013.

For more information, or to arrange a test drive, contact Pebley Beach on 01793 816800, email, tweet @PebleyBeach or log on to Facebook at

Alternatively, call in to the showroom at Swindon Motor Park, Paddington Drive.