By now, I was convinced that the JTP's powerful engine, re-calibrated throttle maps and the stiffer and lowered suspension set-up should help it win over the Swift by a healthy margin. Right? Not really. Sure, the JTP's 2 minutes 18.58 seconds puts it up a spot higher than the Swift's 2 minutes and 18.78 seconds. But, see the difference. The Swift’s feat was amazing knowing it does not get any performance mods! Sure the higher power output of the Tiago JTP put it in the lead on the straights. This is where it managed a top-whack of 139.87kmph, faster than the Swift by a good 8.26kmph. But then, the heavier JTP understeers a lot and even if it manages to not roll into corners overtly, the fourth wheel does get some air time. This hurt its corner exit speeds while there was constant squealing of tyres while putting the power down.
The Swift, on the other hand, felt a bit soft in comparison but showcased precise handling manners with an impressive chassis balance. It not just felt light-footed, but was very eager to change direction and go where it was pointed at. There's also very minimal but predictable understeer and better amount of traction. Despite being down on power, the good mid-range helped it carry more corner speed through faster bends. This was evident at the exit speed at C1 and apex speed at C7, where it went faster than the JTP. But then again, around tighter bends with slower speeds, the JTP's power delivery has an advantage to put up slightly better speeds, as confirmed at C10.