Mini Cooper S vs Ford Fiesta ST
As the Fiesta becomes the best-selling UK car of all-time, here it is in action in Wales...
Posted: 24 Jul 2014
First it must face the Ford Fiesta ST. Issue 255 of Top Gear magazine was dedicated to supercar killers, and there is no better way to murder a Ferrari down a greasy lane than with the little Ford. It's our current Car of the Year, and we make no apology for banging on about it. If the Mini is to pull off the same trick, this is the standard it must meet. Which is why we're lining them up on the Welshest of Welsh roads to see which one kicks the most butt. Both have four-cylinder turbos. Both will do 0-62mph in a smidge under seven seconds. The Mini makes 189bhp; the Ford makes 182bhp. They start life £1,665 apart, but the gap widens further when you work in some options. Where the Fiesta tops out at £17,995, the Mini can romp on to about £23,500, like the car we have here. The question is, do leather seats and cartoon rockets really matter when you're in the thick of a meaty corner? Let's see.