In the video below, the lightweight Swift Sport – which is powered by a 1,4-litre turbocharged petrol engine worth 103 kW and 230 N.m – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.
As we’ve pointed out before, though, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, this test from the Spaniards is conducted at higher speeds.
The Swift Sport (in this instance running on 17-inch alloys wrapped in 195/45 R17 Continental ContiSportContact 5 rubber) was put through the test first at 77 km/h, with the publication describing it as “easy to control”, even if the rear wheels briefly left the tarmac.
Further attempts were made at 80 km/h and 82 km/h, although these were unsuccessful, with km77 citing either a lack of “driver skill” or the “remarkable deterioration” of the tyres.
Watch the clip below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the Swift Sport performed (take note that the commentary is in Spanish)...