5 Series launch recently - that BMW has four ways (that I can count) to turn the media volume up: via the conventional dial, the steering wheel mounted control, the gesture control and through voice. And beyond initial showing off, are you really going to use the latter two? The Swift has a dial and steering wheel button, which work fine. Same with the cruise control: it's on, or it's off. The lights are on a stalk, the handbrake is a handbrake (very, er, effective it is too) and the air-con is simplicity in itself. I know some will say certain amenities, even on a Swift, are superfluous anyway, but I feel that the current car really well incorporates everything you could want without ever feeling overcomplicated or confusing.
Will that be the same for the new car? Let's see. I had a brief look around at Geneva - in all honesty, there were rather more interesting cars to look at - and, while the new look isn't entirely convincing, the news of an even trimmer kerbweight and a reworked interior are encouraging. Yes, I've banged on about the current car's back to basics charm, but this doesn't appear to have entirely foregone that while also bringing in some more style. It's even got two cupholders in the front now...
Fiesta Ecoboost should be arriving at PHHQ for a long overdue comparison with the Suzuki. And I have to be honest here, things don't look great for 'my' little Swift. The Ford produces more power and more torque (though at what revs we don't know yet), with very similar performance figures, better official mpg and those famed Fiesta dynamics. The Swift is significantly lighter and cheaper though; sometimes the old methods are best, aren't they? It will be an interesting comparison; more on that next month.
In the coming weeks I really need to get more comparison tests sorted, just to see if the Swift really is spot-on combination of old fashioned fun and modern ease of use I believe it to be. It probably won't be with us for much longer so that's a matter of urgency - if there isn't much content on the site soon then you know I'll be out driving some great old hatchbacks!
Car: Suzuki Swift Sport
Run by: Matt
On fleet since: October 2016
Mileage: 4,324 (delivered on 300)
List price new: £14,399
Last month at a glance: Circuit training for the Swift Sport and it's fighting fit!
[Track shots: Chris Teagles]