Each day we see how a selection of our long-term test cars are faring, and today we are looking at the Ford Fiesta, Seat Leon, Range Rover and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.
Ford Fiesta ST-2
I like the Fiesta ST so much that I chose to take it to the Le Mans 24-hour race last week.
The thing about Le Mans is that it’s more of a car festival rather than a race meeting; between fringe events such as the Pistonheads Friday Service and the Great British Welcome, you’re likely to spend as much time looking at other people’s weekend motors as at the race cars.
What really surprised me was that, at an event where you can spot exotica including a Bugatti Veyron and Porsche Carrera GT, and every other car is an Aston Martin or Ferrari, the Fiesta ST actually got loads of attention. Despite its budget standing, there’s real excitement about it among the enthusiast masses. Understandably, I reckon.
This is a car that did our 800-mile round-trip in relative comfort (the ride is a bit firm on UK roads, granted), while returning 34mpg despite being filled to the brim with camping gear.
It can also deliver about the best driving experience of any front-drive car when you want it. It sounds brilliant, is endlessly entertaining to drive, and yet is well priced. That, to my mind, makes it pretty much the best car in the world.
By Vicky Parrott
**Elsewhere in the car park
**The Seat Leon gets personal
Our Range Rover may be a nightmare in town, but it’s fully in ‘command’ elsewhere
Tall Suzuki SX4 S-Cross proves no good for little climbers