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Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Mini Cooper S verdict
You'll get plenty of change from £15k if you buy either of these used hot hatches. Time to find out which is best...
The Cooper S has strong performance, agile handling and a classy interior. It's stylish inside and out, and as a car to use everyday – though it's not particularly practical – it proves an enjoyable, quick little hatchback to own. Plus, it's more common and cheaper to buy used than the ST200.
However, fun factor takes centre stage in a hot hatch. In other words, the biggest smile wins – and that's why the Fiesta ST200 swoops in and takes first place. It's much more of a driver's car, and one tailor made to thrill. Not to mention it's more spacious in its interior and boot. Even in standard ST form, which boasts better value over the ST200, it's the victor.
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1st – Ford Fiesta ST200
For Engaging handling; slick gearbox; rev-happy engine; more practical
Against Interior quality; slightly disappointing performance
Verdict A brilliant hot hatch, if a little on the pricey side in ST200 form
What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5
2nd – Mini Cooper S
For Plush interior; excellent infotainment; slightly stronger performance
Against Stodgier handling; rubbery gearshift; smaller boot; dull engine
Verdict Stylish and classy, though not that thrilling to drive by hot hatch standards
What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5 star
Specifications: Ford Fiesta ST200
Engine size 1.6-litre petrol
Torque 213lb ft
Top speed 142mph
Fuel economy 46.3mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 140g/km
Specifications: Mini Cooper S
Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Torque 207lb ft
Top speed 146mph
Fuel economy 49.6mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 133g/km
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