2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline v Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo

The Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo account for more than 20 million global sales between them – and that’s not counting the Japanese city car’s 1980s/1990s predecessors that had different names around the world.

Swift is the right word to describe the little Suzuki’s rise to six-million units since it became a proper global model in 2005. The Polo has clocked more than 14 million sales, though it’s been on sale since 1975.

Locally, it’s traditionally been a no-contest between the duo. The Swift has at times enjoyed a six-fold sales advantage. Yet in 2017, the Polo stopped a run of 12 successive defeats by edging its rival – by just four units.

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