BMW i3 Versus Suzuki Swift – Track Test Video
Here in the U.S., we’re not too familiar with the Suzuki Swift Sport, so here’s a brief primer:
The Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 100 kW (136 bhp) and 160 Nm torque. The model comes with the option of a six-speed manual transmission or a high performance CVT transmission with 7-speed manual mode and paddle shifters.
It’s 0 to 60 MPH time is listed at 8.7 seconds.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is considered one of the leading hot hatchbacks for penny-pinching buyers.
In this video, Auto Express pits the Suzuki Swift Sport against the BMW i3 REx. Auto Express wonders:
“How does the tech-fest electric BMW i3 fare against a traditional hot hatch in the form of the Suzuki Swift?”
As you’ll see in the video, the BMW i3 struggles to keep up with the Swift Sport, but that’s not due to the i3 lacking the necessary grunt. Rather, the BMW i3’s overly intrusive traction control spoils its punch. That traction control cuts in throughout the lap due the i3’s tires lacking grip. This severely hampers the i3 and leads to an unimpressive lap time.
Basically, the cheapish Swift Sport crushes the i3, which is not the result we expected to see.