Reasons to be cheerful: Ford Fiesta ST vs XR2
30 years later, Ford proves that it's still got the magic hot-hatch touch
Posted: 24 Jan 2014
It appears to have aged well, though a few things have weakened over time. The suspension groans here and there. It sounds like there's a bee stuck somewhere in the air vents. The brakes require written notice. And if your music isn't stored on magnetic tape in plastic rectangles, you'll be driving in silence. But many things have changed since the Eighties. Music. Madonna's bras. Jeremy Clarkson's hair. It doesn't mean we love them any less.
The XR2 helped fast Fords take on a national importance. Whether its XR-this or RS-that, there isn't a pub in the country where those letters have gone unmentioned. The ST brand arrived later, essentially substituting the XR by wedging itself in the sweet spot between everyday hatches and the really fast stuff. Perhaps the secret to its popularity lies in solid foundations of the volume products.