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Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift Sport, VW Polo Blue GT: a three-way battle for small car racers

Achim Hartmann
Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift Sport, VW Polo Blue GT
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N Of course it's easy from a VW Polo GTI, Opel Corsa OPC, Ford Fiesta ST or Renault Clio RS To make you dependent, they all represent the illuminating concentrate of a lot of power and small packaging. Around 200 hp, maybe even garnished with a differential lock, low weight, on top of that - that ennobles every curvy county road in the Weserbergland, the Vulkaneifel or the Würmtal a small special stage. The only thing that is high is the financial stake, and it can easily miss the 30,000 euro mark.

VW Polo Blue GT with 1,209 kg the heaviest in the test

So it's worth taking a look the drawer underneath, because it contains the Ford Fiesta Sport Black Edition, Suzuki Swift Sport and the VW Polo Blue GT. Although not even the largest of the trio, the VW test car, packed with special equipment, weighs the most, weighing in at 1,209 kilograms - which its 1.4-liter TSI engine with 150 hp can counteract. Although it bodes well if 1.2 tons mark the weight peak in a comparison test, right?

In any case, that doesn't seem to depress the temperament particularly. With 250 Newton meters, the direct injection engine develops by far the highest torque in comparison, makes it available from 1,500 rpm, but does not plop into a too deep hole below that. In the comparison test, the VW Polo Blue GT already started engagingly just above idling, pushing 2,000 revolutions more intensively, and beyond 5,000 tours the commitment then subsided a little. So it's better to shift a little earlier, it shouldn't fail with the smooth six-speed gearbox, the gear ratio also fits.

The Blue GT engine shows manners compatible with mother-in-law, doesn't vibrate, doesn't roar, doesn't blare , almost looks a bit too severely parted and clean-shaven. In return, it offers the best performance, sprints from zero to 100 km /h in 8.0 seconds and also leaves the Ford Fiesta Sport Black Edition and Suzuki Swift Sport standing still in the intermediate sprints. For example, it only takes 8.3 seconds when the VW pulls through from 80 to 120 km /h in fifth gear. The only thing that doesn't quite work is to save fuel, although the engineers not only use an automatic start-stop system, but also cylinder deactivation. She works imperceptibly, beforeespecially when the load is low, informs the driver about this via a message in the central display.

Comfortable Blue GT at an advantage on the GP circuit

Sure, straight ahead, so he can do that, but around the corners, things get boring, right? That's right, because although the VW Polo Blue GT gives way in the comparison test, can quickly build up a lot of grip on the front axle, electronics strikes unnecessarily early and slows it down - a shame. Because even the electromechanical steering lacks neither feedback nor precision. So the dance around the pylons could be a pretty relaxed one, instead it seems pretty tense.

The tide turns at the test of strength on the racetrack in Hockenheim, because the Polo is lucky enough to have the DTM squad Takes forever to clean up, which is why only the GP course was available. On its long high-speed passages, the VW Polo Blue GT with its powerful engine fries the Ford Fiesta Sport and Suzuki Swift, nibbling off them for 1.9 seconds and more.

Even then, he continues to leave roaring rebellion to others, never gets loud and never changes load, drives well, but also fast, does not roll or wobble excessively. So the VW Polo Blue GT scares even heavier calibers on the country road, can be bravely peppered in the corners and also offers maximum comfort. It starts with the strong side support seats, which are perhaps a bit high, and ends with the best available space. In between there is the balanced suspension comfort despite the standard 17-inch wheels, the almost noble ambience for a small car and the impeccable workmanship.

Ford Fiesta Sport with 180 Nm at 1,400 rpm

The Ford Fiesta Sport Black Edition doesn't have that. The Fiesta tries not only quantitatively more plastic for its furnishings, especially for the massive dashboard, but mostly qualitatively rather mediocre varieties. Well, it costs 2,200 euros less than the VW, but is not stingy with equipment, only with doors (okay, the 17-inch wheels relevant to driving dynamics cost 400 euros extra). Because the Ford Fiesta Sport Black Edition is only available as a two-door and - surprisingly - only in black, since he is completely in line with company founder Henry, who, according to his own statement, delivered the Model T in any color as long as it was black.

On the other hand, the small car is as far removed from the technically reduced mass motorization at the beginning of the 20th century, because under its hood there is a three-cylinder, not even a liter, with turbocharging. Its specific power is at the level of the V8 biturbo in the Audi RS6 and even surpasses the engine of the Mercedes AMG GT S. With the 1,131 kilos of the Ford Fiesta Sport, the miracle engine should hardly have any problems, especially since it already has 1,400Revolutions a maximum torque of 180 Newton meters developed.

It doesn't work that easily, however, from whatever speed level the Ford Fiesta Sport is accelerated, it must first gather strength - this is where the limits are set downsizing obviously. He also had to be content with a five-speed gearbox, albeit with a gear ratio that was adapted to the bourgeois three-cylinder variants with 100 and 125 hp. Anyway, as soon as the boost pressure is up, the Ford booth really comes to life. Garnished with the typical grumpy, seething sound of the uneven number of cylinders, the Ford sprints off in the comparison test, scurrying across the country extremely lively on this side of the measuring line and the race track.

Ford Fiesta Sport offers good working conditions

In any case, the Ford Fiesta Sport integrates its driver perfectly, because the steering wheel and seat can be optimally adjusted, even though the somewhat high seating position remains. So, the working conditions are good, and the gearshift lever practically pushes itself into the right hand, and that's a good thing, because the engine revs up at lightning speed and wants the next gear at 6,500 rpm at the latest works not quite as buddy as that of the Polo, but everything fits, other things are more annoying - the astonishingly soft suspension setup, for example, without the suspension comfort benefiting from it. Not so important? That's right.

A decent speed in the 18-meter slalom and a good time on the racetrack, on the other hand, all the more so, and this is precisely where the pronounced body movements of the Ford Fiesta Sport prevent better results. For example, when turning in front of the Mercedes grandstand and in the subsequent right bend in the Black Edition booth, a lot of life comes to light, at the same time revealing the Ford's lack of traction.

That the ESP cannot be deactivated and the pedal travel of the If the brake becomes quite long with this strain, the cabbage will no longer be fat. And although the Fiesta somehow grabs you in daily use, mainly due to its cool look and the powerful engine, Ford itself puts it on the wall: The much more agile, 182 hp ST costs a manageable 925 euros more.

Suzuki Swift Sport remains true to the naturally aspirated engine

This cannot happen to the Suzuki Swift Sport, in-house competition can really not be discovered in the rather brave program of the Japanese - and even with other manufacturers it is getting thin, because Suzuki holds bravely stuck to the naturally aspirated engine, at least until the company can afford its own turbo engines. No matter. Until then, fans of hot small cars should definitely park the Japanese at the top of their shopping list.

The 11.0: 1 compressed 1.6-liter engine regrets itso deeply that he cannot give himself the order to accelerate, he waits extremely impatiently for the idle driver to come into the push. The four-cylinder engine gets going right away and wants to quickly exceed the 5,000 rpm mark, because there it pulls an extra dose of temperament from the combustion chambers and continues to cheer up to 7,000 rpm. Then, bang, snap into the next gear quickly, exactly, the short way, the connection fits, and the fun begins again immediately.

Of course, the disadvantages of the suction cup are not great, because the elasticity has to he let the Ford Fiesta Sport and especially the VW go. In the Swift, the idea of ​​an authentic, inexpensive small car cracker, evaporated in the madness of consumption efficiency, that does not wear down its owner in daily use.

Yes, the Swift requires most of the switching work of the trio, yes, its The chassis distributes quite harsh bumps, and yes, the booming engine can be a bit on your nerves on the highway (especially since the audio system hardly manages to stink against it). But only in the Swift can the best intermeshing of driver, drive and chassis be found. Of course, the Japanese also understeer, especially under load at the exit of the curve, such as in the valley or in the north curve. In contrast to the Ford Fiesta Sport and Polo, however, it can be optimally positioned via a targeted load change, and you can go on.

Swift Sport whets around the pylons at 68.1 km /h

The spark quickly jumps over, the Swift is infected, even if it really has to stretch in the Parabolica to keep up with the two turbo compacts. At least the Ford Fiesta Sport is then straightened out in the bends, accelerates again thanks to better traction and moreover does not have to be slowed down by cocky electronics - because they have a transmission break.

Instead, the driver can Rely on decent hardware, because the braking effect can be well dosed, the deceleration, together with that of the Polo, is on a decent level - and does not decrease. As lively as the Swift drifts over the Grand Prix course, it does not succeed in completely sniffing out its competitors due to its torque deficit. Things might look different on the small course. Revenge? Let's see.

In the slalom course, the Suzuki shows where the Japanese get the sake and whizzes around the pylons at 68.1 km /h, during the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta Sport reach 66.5 km /h each time - respect. So it's easy to fall for the Swift Sport just as quickly as the high-performance crackers in this segment. He even manages to draw level with the fast and well-balanced VW on points. And the fiesta? As I said, the surcharge for the ST does not fallespecially huge from ...

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