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£17,960 when new
What is it? Though I think we can guess… It’s a hot Fiesta. Well, a warm one, anyway. So you get the new Fiesta face of wide trapezoidal grille with black honeycomb, a bit of bodykit, twin pipes and a nice - fairly subtle - spoiler on the rear hatch. Garnish with a set of 17-inch alloys, and you’ve got a purposeful but not too in-yer-face small fast Ford. Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, chucking out 179-bhp and 199 lb ft of torque, and there’s an overboost feature in certain situations that allows for 197bhp for short periods. It’ll hit 62mph in 6.9 seconds, run to 137mph, has seats by Recaro, a six-speed manual ‘box, an electronic-type limited-slip diff and weighs in at a very reasonable £16,995 for the basic version. Ooh, that sounds interesting. Is it pretty hardcore then? Well, not really, but that’s not the point. The Ford ST sub-brand isn’t really about ultimate performance, so in the same vein as the Focus ST, the Fiesta is more about being a useable hot hatch than arm-wrenching lap times. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be interested; to spoil the end of this review a little bit, this is one of the best cars Ford has made in ages. Why’s that then?