The Ford Fiesta is superb to drive, smart inside and well equipped – it’s one of the very best small carsread the full model review
Standard equipment isn’t stingy, with 17in alloy wheels, Recaro sports seats, air-con, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, keyless start and cruise control all included with the entry-level trim. You also get an 8.0in infotainment system with Bluetooth, a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus safety systems including lane keeping assist.
The Fiesta ST's engine is a cracker, and so much more soulful than a Renault Clio RS's or VW Polo GTI's. It pulls heartily from low revs and enjoys spinning up to its limiter, all the while accompanied by a muscular, growling soundtrack that’s enhanced tastefully by a Sound Symposer. Proper pops and cracks from the sports exhaust finish the sound effects. It's certainly the most aggressive three-cylinder motor we've encountered, and the standard six-speed manual gearbox, which has a short, slick, snappy lever and well-stacked gear ratios, adds the final flourish.