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
A three-cylinder Fiesta, for example, is still a hoot. The ST is that, times ten. It's playful. It has a sense of humour. It's a good-mood car. And it doesn't matter what speed you're doing, because there's always a quick-fix of fun to be had, without waiting for that elusive empty road. And did we mention it costs just £16,995?
It's a tough category, this, and our hot hatch shortlist was long. There's the 208 GTi, and the Clio RS. Neither are too shabby, but they lack the ST's magic. It's more memorable. More resolved. And even if you upsize to the next class, the little Ford punches above its weight. We could've reasonably given this award to the Golf GTI, which is still an enduringly excellent machine. Of course, it's more expensive than the Fiesta, which - get this - costs £16,995.