Suzuki's signature Swift Sport was awarded the 'Best Buy' hot hatch under £15,000 for the fourth consecutive year at the annual What Car? Awards.
The What Car? editorial team judged the performance flagship of the Swift range against some strong competition, and the final vote resulted in the Swift Sport once again receiving the 'Best Buy' Hot hatch for less than £15,000.
With a high standard specification that includes satellite navigation, DAB radio, USB connection and auto air conditioning, Swift Sport still remains considerably cheaper than £15,000 at £13,999 for the three-door and £14,499 for the five-door model.
The Swift Sport is available in a choice of four standard metallic paint finishes and is also equipped with seven airbags, cruise control, High Intensity Discharge headlamps, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels. In addition to satellite navigation and DAB radio, the Sport also has voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming compatible with iPod and iPhone.
The Swift Sport is powered by a modest yet nippy 1.6-litre engine, which produces 134bhp and 118lb ft of torque. The engine's high output is combined with fuel economy figures of 44.1mpg on the EC Combined Cycle, and emits just 147g/km CO2. The Swift Sport is also fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and a bespoke exhaust system, which yields a sporty note.
What Car? editor, Jim Holder, said: "Even before you take into account the fact that you can get a Swift Sport for less than £14,000, it epitomises what a hot hatch should really be about."