The A-Segment may be populous but only a handful of city cars have a hot hatch version nowadays. Among the A-Segment hot hatches currently available are the Suzuki Swift Sport, the Abarth 595 (facelift) and the VW Up! GTi. We decided to compare the first two, as they are closer spec-wise.
The Suzuki Swift Sport, launched in 2017 based on a new platform with a brand new 1.4 liter K14C Boosterjet engine, reclaiming the title of the most fun to drive city car. From the other side, the Abarth 595‘s origins might lead back to 2007, but the Italian pocket rocket received a series of significant upgrades in 2016, modernizing and improving it in every possible way.
Note: For this comparison we selected the base model of the Abarth 595 range, and not the more powerful Abarth 595 turismo or the flagship Abarth 595 competizione as both of them would win with a clear margin over the less powerful Suzuki.
So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications.
|Model||Suzuki Swift Sport||Abarth 595 (facelift)|
|Engine Displacement||1373 cm3||1368 cm3|
|Fuel System||Direct Injection||Multipoint Injection|
|Power (@rpm)||@5500 rpm||@6000 rpm|
|Torque (@rpm)||@2500-3500 rpm||@3000 rpm|
|0-100km/h||8,0 sec||8,0 sec / 7,8 sec|
|Top Speed (km/h)||210 km/h||210 km/h|
|Top Speed (mph)||130 mph||130 mph|
|Consumption (lt/100km)||6,1||5,8 / 6,0|
|CO2 (g/km)||141 g/km||134 g/km / 139 g/km|
|Gearbox||6 AT / 6 MT||5 AT / 5 ΜΤ|
|Weight||970 kg / 970 kg||1070 kg / 1035 kg|
|Length||3890 mm||3657 mm|
|Width||1735 mm||1627 mm|
|Height||1495 mm||1485 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2300 mm|
|Front Track||1510 mm||1415 mm|
|Rear Track||1510 mm||1408 mm|
|Boot Space||266 liters||184 liters|
|Tire Size||195/45 R17||194/45 R16|
|Front Brakes||285mm Ventilated Discs||284mm Ventilated Discs|
|Rear Brakes||252mm Solid Discs||240mm Solid Discs|
So which one do you prefer;