Clos­ing the gap

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> I en­joyed the Hot Hatch of the Year spe­cial in the Septem­ber is­sue.

Many of those cars aren’t avail­able here in New Zealand, and the rel­a­tive prices of the ones that are avail­able dif­fer from yours in the UK. My ques­tion is about how cost might af­fect your opin­ion of the rel­a­tive de­sir­abil­ity of a cou­ple of the hot hatches. In the UK, the Suzuki Swift Sport costs £18k, and the Ford Fi­esta ST £19k, a five per cent dif­fer­ence. So the more pow­er­ful and bet­ter han­dling Fi­esta looks like a ‘no-brainer’ choice, and in your test that’s the ver­dict.

In New Zealand, the Swift costs NZ $28.5k, and the Fi­esta $35k, a 23 per cent dif­fer­ence. At that price dif­fer­ence, is the Fi­esta ST still a ‘no brainer’, or does the Swift start to look like a bar­gain?

Jim Walker

Stay tuned to Cur­tis Moldrich’s Swift Sport cov­er­age in the Our Cars sec­tion, start­ing this month. His mis­sion: to es­tab­lish whether the Swift Sport is 23 per cent in­fe­rior to the Fi­esta ST. BM

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