What Car Of The Year 2017 Award - Hot Hatch
Best Hot Hatch
Ford Fiesta ST-2 3dr
£15,000 - £25,000
THE FORD FIESTA ST is almost impossible to dislike. It might not have as much power as some similarly priced rivals, but it can still leave them trailing on a challenging road because it dives in to corners like a terrier chasing a bouncing ball and the steering is full of feel.
The ST has fantastic performance, because its engine pulls strongly right across its rev range. It also sounds wonderfully fruity when worked hard. Throw in a slick manual gearbox and supportive Recaro seats and you have a car that’s addictive to drive.
In normal use, it doesn’t disappoint. Like all Fiestas, the ST has a decent boot and plenty of cubbyholes and is small enough to feel wieldy around town. Although it was previously available as a three-door only, Ford added a five-door to the range last year for those who need even more practicality.
The best thing? It’s so affordable. There are plenty of good deals if you’re buying outright and PCP finance is cheap. With a reasonable deposit, you can expect to pay less than £200 a month for this engaging, practical hot hatch.