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

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

For private buyers, the total three-year cost of running these two cars is very similar; the Fiesta will set you back just £566 more than the Polo, mainly due to the latter’s better resale values. They’re virtually identical on company car tax over the same period, too.

The biggest disparities concern leasing costs, which are £76 per month less for the Polo, and PCP finance, where the Fiesta is cheaper, by £40 per month.

In these range-topping trims, both cars come well equipped. The Fiesta features a heated steering wheel and front seats, which the Polo counters with LED headlights and adaptive cruise control, while both come with keyless entry.

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI

In terms of safety, both have five-star ratings from Euro NCAP, but the Polo scores better for adult, child and pedestrian protection. The Fiesta ST isn’t available with automatic emergency braking (which is standard on the Polo), although it’s alone in having lane-keeping assistance as standard.