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
But remove price from the equation, employ cold objectivity, and you know what? We'd still take the Ford. The fact it's eight grand cheaper is merely a bonus. But in a world of rampant prices and squeezed middles, that's quite some bonus. We'd even go for the £599 Mountune upgrade.
It buys you another 33bhp and your warranty will remain intact, as will your wallet.
Perhaps the ST's greatest asset, though, is self-restraint. While other carmakers obsess about active dampers, speed-sensitive steering and various other complications, Ford has stuck to an upright policy of well-executed simplicity. Why go to the vast expense of engineering a million different settings, when you could concentrate on a decent, one-size-fits-all set-up? It's what the XR2 was all about.