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
In the Fiesta, you feel the tyres scrub over the road and transmit their findings back through the steering wheel. It's like getting your knee down on a motorbike - when you know the texture of the road, it's easier to assess the grip, or lack of it. The ST has the same width of tyres as the Mini - albeit with slightly smaller wheels - but the Fiesta's feel skinnier. And I mean that in a good way, because that's what a hot hatch should be about. The Fiesta ropes you into everything, from the scramble for grip to the stretch for every last rpm. The Mini has become a bit sniffy towards such antics, as if the road - the very thing we're here to enjoy - is some dirty thought that must be filtered out before reaching your soft, clean hands.