Strong performance, sharp handling, involving to drive, neat styling
Frantic on the motorway, lacks refinement, dated interior, only two airbags
The Fiesta ST marked a return to form for small fast Fords and it's little surprise that many see it as the spiritual successor to the famous XR2i. Thanks to a 2.0-litre engine with 150bhp it can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, and although that's not blisteringly quick when compared to newer alternatives, the ST's real strength is its handling.
Agile and fun, the Fiesta offers a hugely involving driving experience while strong brakes and superb levels of grip mean it's reassuring. The stiff suspension set-up is good for corners but not for uneven roads, while on the motorway the lack of refinement is all too noticeable. However, on the plus side the styling is neat and understated (although optional bonnet and side stripes are available if you want to stand out) and the interior is well built and comfortable.