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Over the past couple of years, the bar of entry into the hot hatch class has been raised a few notches, along with an increase in accessible performance. With the Ford Fiesta ST taken off sale in preparation for the new model, and cars such as the Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Abarth 595 both outdated and outclassed, it seems like you need to part with a good chunk of cash if you want something truly engaging like a Hyundai i30N or Volkswagen Golf GTI.
So what do you do if you want a practical yet involving hot hatch without breaking the bank? Well, there are really only two choices currently. You can opt for the small and characterful VW Up GTI or this: the new Suzuki Swift Sport.
It’s priced somewhere between the Up GTI and soon-to-be-released Fiesta ST. This, if we’re honest, puts the Swift Sport in a somewhat awkward position. Because not only does it have to be good enough to tempt those wanting an Up GTI into spending more cash, it also needs to deliver enough performance to convince potential Fiesta ST buyers to move to a lower price category. No easy feat.
To see if it’s capable of doing so, keep reading for our full comprehensive review.
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