The Swift is just a little bit guilty of pouring cold water on moderately high expectations where this section is concerned.
As a volume-selling supermini – and we must remember that although the outgoing version always looked after the interests of keener drivers better than it had any right to at the price, a volume-selling supermini is what the Swift is – it’s a dynamically competent and reasonably well-rounded effort.
But the naturally athletic, effortlessly agile and involving feel of the previous car is notable by its absence.
Slightly overly light, elastic-feeling steering is your first indication that all might not be well with the Swift’s driving experience – which, after the limp gearshift we’ve already mentioned, brings the underwhelming but more closely related Baleno to mind much more readily than the previous Swift.
Around town, the obliging lightness of the Swift’s wheel makes junctions and car parks easy to negotiate, but at B-road and motorway pace, the rack is notably short of on-centre feel and relative high-speed stability, and it has a tendency to wander slightly if you’re not always concentrating on your lane position.