2018 Swift Sport vs. Fiesta ST-Line vs. Up! GTI vs. Fiesta ST vs. Mini Cooper

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has been with us for a few months now, and although the model has historically sat in its own 'warm hatch' category, that isn't the case anymore and many comparisons are being made to other cars. So we decided to put the Swift Sport and its competitors to the test, side-by-side to see how it really compares and which car proves to be the best value for money.

To make it as straight forward as possible, we've broken things down into categories and given one point to the model which comes out on top (where two or more models are equally as good, they all score a point). And to make sure it's an even playing field, we've priced up each car with the equivalent levels of equipment, or at least as close as they can be.

So read on to find out how the Suzuki Swift Sport compares to the Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fiesta ST-Line, VW Up! GTI & Mini Cooper.

As the Swift Sport is 5 door, we've based our comparisons on the 5 door variants of each of the other models. We also chose the Fiesta ST-2 rather than the base model ST-1 as it provides more of a like-for-like comparison.

All models we've used have a petrol engine with 6 speed gearboxes, but power and speed does vary quite significantly which in turn has an impact on fuel economy.

How they compare side-by-side

Swift Sport 5DR Fiesta ST-Line 140 5DR Up! GTI 5DR Fiesta ST-2 5DR Mini Cooper 5DR
Price £16,999* from £18,615 from £14,455 from £20,645 from £18,045
Engine Size 1373cc 998cc 999cc 1498cc 1499cc
Power Output 138 bhp 138 bhp 113 bhp 197 bhp 136bhp
Weight (Kg) 975 1163 1070 1283 1145
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Gears 6 Speed 6 Speed 6 Speed 6 Speed 6 Speed
0-60 mph 7.8 secs 8.7 secs 8.5 secs 6.3 secs 7.9 secs
Top Speed 130 mph 125 mph 122 mph 144 mph 129 mph
Average MPG 50 55 58 47 52
Fuel Capacity 37 Litres 42 Litres 35 Litres 42 Litres 40 Litres
CO2 Emissions 125 g/km 116 g/km 110 g/km 136 g/km 123 g/km
Luggage Capacity 265 litres 292 litres 251 litres 292 litres 278 litres
Metallic Paint Y up to £745 up to £645 up to £745 up to £750
Rear Privacy Glass Y £250 Y Y £220
Auto LED Headlights Y £600 N Y £2,800 Chili Pack
Folding Mirrors Y £350 Y Y £2,800 Chili Pack
Reversing Camera Y £250 £240 £250 £255
Electric Rear Windows Y £175 N £175 Y
Adaptive Cruise Control Y £400 pack £300 pack £300 pack £2,800 Chili Pack
AEB / Lane Departure Warning Y - £380 Y £800 Pack
Sat Nav Y £300 N £300 £900 Pack
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Y Y N Y -
17" Alloy Wheels Y Y Y Y £2,800 Chili Pack
LED Daytime Running Lights Y Y Y Y Y
Fog Lamps Y Y Y Y £2,800 Chili Pack
DAB Radio Y Y Y Y Y
Sports Seats Y Y N Y £2,800 Chili Pack
Heated Windscreen N Y N Y £110
Sports Pedals Y Y N Y N
Flat-bottomed Steering Wheel Y Y Y Y N
Automatic Air-Conditioning Y Manual £265 Manual £2,800 Chili Pack
Keyless Entry & Go Y Y N £300 Go Only
Start/Stop Function Y Y Y Y Y
Price with extras £16,999* £21,685 £16,285 £22,715 £23,880
Extra over Swift Sport - £4,686 -£714 £5,716 £6,881
Score 24 16 14 22 7

Conclusion

As you can see, the Swift Sport comes top overall, which is mostly due to the amount of features which come as standard when compared to the others (this isn't just us being biased!). 

Whilst there's no doubt the Fiesta ST wins hands down when it comes to performance, with that comes increased running costs and reduced fuel economy which is where it scores lowest. It does however, come with a good amount of features in the ST-2 guise, but to include the same number of features as the Swift Sport you'd need to hand over an extra £5,716! The Fiesta's younger sibling, the ST-Line, sits closer on price starting at £18,615 but despite being 138bhp, it's small 1.0 turbocharged engine is nearly a second slower than the Swift Sport. It does however claim 55mpg but we think this is unlikely when it comes to 'real world' driving conditions, and when it comes to features the ST-Line also falls short needing an additional £4,686 to match the Swift Sport bumping the price up to £21,685.

Moving onto the newly released Up! GTI, it's clear to see there are some similarities but also many differences. Like the Fiesta ST-Line, the Up! GTI utilises a 1.0 turbocharged engine which provides just 113bhp. Thanks to the lighter weight of the Up! GTI, it does mean that its 0-60mph time is 0.2 seconds quicker than the Ford but still 0.7 seconds slower than the lighter Swift Sport. The new VW claims a combined MPG of 58, the highest of the group but as we've already said, the size of the engine could mean the real return is less than this. Surprisingly we couldn't spec the VW Up! GTI to the same level of the Swift Sport, as there is no option to include satellite navigationrear electric windows or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, but with the extras we could add the Up! came in at £16,285 which although £714 cheaper than the Swift Sport, is a sacrifice on many features.

This brings us onto the Mini Cooper; a popular car for its looks and performance but as we quickly discovered, the base model comes with very few features as standard and it costs a lot to add them on. Performance wise, the Mini is the closest contender to the Swift Sport. Both share similar sized engines, power outputs, 0-60mph times and combined fuel economy figures, but it's when you start comparing what comes as standard that the Swift Sport presents much better value for money. The Mini had just 4 items on the list as standard and would cost you an eye-watering £6,881 to bring it up to be equivalent to the Sport and is what resulted in the Mini being the worst-scoring car on the list.

Our Winner

Whilst it may not have been the top of everyone's shopping list, after looking at the comparisons the Swift Sport is definitely our winner. It's a great all-rounder with enough performance to keep you entertained but lower running costs than the likes of the Fiesta ST. Although its starting price is higher than the VW Up! GTI, the £714 extra money gets you a vast array of additional features some of which simply aren't available with the Up! GTI. The Mini, whilst clearly a popular choice amongst many, we feel offers poor value for money when compared to all the other cars - and due to its badge, will without a doubt cost more when it comes to servicing and maintenance.

Fancy putting our review to the test? Then why not take the Swift Sport for a test drive and decide for yourself?

Test Drive the 2018 Swift Sport

*All prices where current at the time this article was written.

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