New Ford Fiesta ST vs new Volkswagen Polo GTI

Is the Ford Fiesta ST still the affordable hot hatch to beat? This new one is here to prove that it is – but first it has to see off Volkswagen’s latest Polo GTI...

2018 Ford Fiesta ST interior

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

Standard Fiestas and Polos offer highly adjustable driving positions, and these sporty models build on that. Their heavily bolstered seats are even more supportive in corners and include height and lumbar adjustment as standard. Meanwhile, their steering wheels have plenty of adjustment for reach and height.

The Fiesta’s analogue dials couldn’t be clearer, augmented by a 4.2in digital information screen. In GTI+ trim, the Polo goes one better, though, with fully digital dials on a configurable 10.3in screen.

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI interior

Both cars feature soft-touch dashboards with harder plastics elsewhere, although the Polo’s dash looks less shiny and feels that little bit classier than the Fiesta’s. That said, the Polo’s matt red dash inserts look fairly cheap and unfinished, although the Fiesta’s fake carbonfibre isn’t much better.

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