Ford Fiesta ST-2
Week ending December 20
Miles this week 95
The mark of a truly brilliant hot hatch is not actually the fact that it can harass and embarrass much more exotic machinery on the sort of tight, nadgery road that rewards sharp reflexes, quick punch and small dimensions.
No, a truly brilliant hot hatch will also excel in the sort of tight, nadgery town roads and car parks that make up the bulk of everyone’s daily driving routine, and will also happily cope with the sort of googlies that everyday life can throw at you. That’s why the Fiesta is a brilliant hot hatch; it will be perfectly docile should your grandmother borrow it for a trip to the shops, it’ll be easy to see out of and use when the weather turns nasty, and its boot can cope when you buy that vital new vacuum cleaner.
Okay, there wasn’t much space left over for my rucksack, but the boot still took a sizeable box without me having to fold down the seats.
I got it home in double-quick time and was grinning at the end of the journey too, as I am after every trip in the Fiesta.
By Euan Doig
Week ending December 13
Miles this week 192
I got back into the Fiesta this week after a lengthy period in other metal. The miles I’ve done in it this week have been in tetchy, nose-to-tail urban slogs or higher-speed motorway blasts – the car has been nowhere near what you’d think would be its natural habitat (a twisty B-road). Nonetheless, every mile has been an utter joy.
The Fiesta’s the sort of car that feels eager to please, to make every journey a joy; it’s the sort of car you want to get into and drive at the beginning and end of every day. The way it growls as it accelerates, the way it zings round roundabouts and the way it blares its way down the M3 is truly engaging.
It certainly isn’t a relaxing car to drive, but there’s no doubt it wakes you up and keeps you alert.
In fact, I suppose you could call its sheer effervescence close to being a safety aid, such is the way it stops you ever feeling drowsy. So there you go – buy a Fiesta ST, because you’ll be safer if you do.
By Euan Doig
Week ending December 6
Miles this week 205
I’ve been lucky enough to have Euan’s ST for the entire week. Most of my journeys have involved me making short trips to the shops, but last weekend I ventured to the New Forest with a friend.
The roads were filled with Sunday drivers, so there was little opportunity to have some proper fun, but it was still an enjoyable drive; the ST-2 is sensational if you’re behind the wheel. I absolutely love it.
My passenger is a fan of lesser Fiestas, but didn’t like our car’s Recaro seats as they gave him back ache. I tend to agree with him - the ‘entry level’ ST has slightly less huggy seats that still provide decent support and are more comfortable (I drove one earlier in the year). The ST-2's seat backs just aren't quite wide enough.
He hated the firm ride, too. Again, I had to sympathise. The suspension has been brilliantly engineered for B-road blasts, and still does a fine job of absorbing most bumps, but it’s not very forgiving. It’s something you can largely ignore if you’re driving, because you can appreciate how much it’s adding to the experience, but for passengers who are simply sitting there enjoying the view, it’s a pain in the posterior and something you may want to bear in mind - even if you carry just one passenger on an occasional basis.
By Rob Keenan