FIESTA AND SWIFT
DESIGN Its bold snout and sleek bodykit are a clue to its sporting intent. The interior fit and finish are a mix of high quality (soft dashboard material, large metallic volume dial) and low rent (flimsy aircon dials, cheap plastics everywhere below elbow height). ENGINE The 1.6-litre turbo (134kW/240Nm) has plenty of oomph for a car just shy of 1200kg. Short gearing also helps. First gear runs out at 50km/h and second is done by 90km/h. SAFETY Seven airbags, rear view camera, rear parking sensors and auto emergency 000 dialling if airbags are deployed in a crash. In 2013 it earned a five-star score based on 2009 crash tests. DRIVING The Recaro seats hold you tight in corners and the engine and gearing are matched for instant response. The steering is more direct and better weighted than the Suzuki’s. The brakes have a sharp and precise feel but suspension is a touch too busy at low speeds.