Mini Cooper S vs Ford Fiesta ST
Two hot hatches that nip at the heels of sports cars are put through their paces in the wilds of Wales...
Posted: 12 May 2014
The Cooper's engine sounds snarly enough and gives a steady spread of power. But despite making similar torque in similar places to the ST, it doesn't feel as turbo-whooshy. But gaining speed isn't the issue. The way it loses it, however, is more troublesome. The Mini's brakes feel stiff and need a firm press before they do their best work. It's almost as if they're unassisted. Another inch or so of travel might lend a more progressive feel, which would help to boss the braking zones. Then there's the Cooper's rev-match system, which blips the throttle as you downshift. Neat idea, especially if you're not a heel 'n' toe natural. But it doesn't blip enough. And, worse, there's an occasional surge as you come off the clutch, which can result in a rather puckered anatomy.