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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best hot hatch for value

Hot hatches should make even the most mundane of drives feel magical. However, this ability to entertain shouldn't come at the expense of everyday usability...

Best hot hatch for value

Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 ST-2 Performance Pack 3dr

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

There’s a reason why the Ford Fiesta ST has been a member of the hot hatch hall of fame for so long: it demonstrates the very essence of ‘hot hatch-ism’ and won’t break the bank.

It doesn’t have supercar levels of power and it won’t get to 62mph anywhere near as quickly as the Audi RS3 or Mercedes-AMG A45. But you can use every bit of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine’s power and have an absolute ball on a regular basis without risking your driving licence too much in the process.

Ford Fiesta ST 2021 dashboard

On top of that, the Fiesta ST excels when it comes to driver interaction, giving you meaty, feelsome steering and a tactile manual gearbox that makes sure you’re calling the shots.

The ride is very firm, but it’s well worth putting up with, because the Fiesta ST is solid proof that you don’t have to be the biggest spender to have a big smile on your face.

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