Suzuki Swift Sport interior
The Suzuki Swift Sport’s interior is nicely minimalist but the build quality doesn’t feel as robust as we’d like.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport’s interior is fairly minimalist, with a large seven-inch touchscreen and a few temperature controls below it. However, the Suzuki still can’t match the plusher, more interesting interiors you get in the likes of the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta.
The plastics in the Swift Sport’s cabin feels pretty hard and scratchy, so they’re designed to last but not feel that good while doing so. Another downside of such hard plastics is that anything you put in the trays and cubbies tends to slide and rattle about, which is made even worse by the sporty suspension set-up. Annoying.
Still, the predominantly black interior is enlivened by the presence of bright red accents on the dashboard and gearlever surround. The steering wheel and gear lever also come with smart leather trim, with the gear lever also featuring some neat red stitching to let you know you’re in ‘the fast one’.
There’s also a neat digital display that fits snugly between a pair of bright, easy-to-read dials, and which can display all manner of sporty info, including how hard you’re accelerating or braking, and how much turbo boost you’re using.
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The Suzuki Swift Sport comes as standard with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes DAB digital radio, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The system is fairly easy to use and comes with clear, colourful graphics on a high-contrast black background. Its glossy screen can sometimes be hard to read in bright sunlight, however, and the graphics sometimes appear a little childlike.
It’d be easier to use if the system came with physical buttons instead of dedicated touchscreen icons, but at least the menus are fairly easy to navigate and respond reasonably quickly without any frustrating lag – unlike the rather sluggish system in a Honda Jazz.
Unfortunately, the built-in sat-nav is a little clumsy to use but you’re far more likely to use your smartphone connectivity anyway. This works quickly and seamlessly.
These features also let you play music from streaming services such as Spotify through the Suzuki Swift’s stereo. Don’t go expecting concert-quality audio, however, because the Swift’s four-speaker stereo sounds a bit weedy. High-spec SZ5 models get a pair of extra tweeters, but there’s no option to upgrade to a big-name stereo unit such as the Bang & Olufsen unit in a Ford Fiesta.