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
No such gimmicks in the Ford. Just get in and get on with it. The plastics and dash design look dated next to the Mini's shiny new layout, though they aren't nasty. Just simple. Besides, you still have digital radio and a smattering of other luxuries. The steering, gearshift and throttle are passive, and better for it. It has rear torsion beam suspension versus the Mini's multi-link set-up. But guess which one is more likely to cock a wheel on a sharp turn? The Ford is lighter, livelier and stops better. On a road like this, it's constantly playfighting with little tugs at the wheel and little skips over the road. You can brake deep and late and feel the whole car pivot around you. You can be clumsy and it'll forgive you (or give you a cheeky, oversteery fright if you come off the throttle too abruptly). In comparison, the Mini is tidier and more grown-up. It's comfier and more refined - not just when measured against the ST, but also the Mini it replaces.