Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Mini Cooper S

A used Mini Cooper S has always been a sophisticated hot hatch, but can the raucous charms of Ford’s hottest Fiesta ST be enough to tempt you?...

Used Ford Fiesta ST vs Mini Cooper S

What will they cost?

Despite both cars costing similar money, the Mini manages to offer cheaper insurance and servicing costs. A transferable five-year service pack could be ordered when the Mini was new, and also has the option of being extended for a further three years for a reasonable amount of money. Surprisingly, though, the Fiesta is more frugal in real-world driving, besting the Mini by slightly more than two mpg. You will have to pay £20 per year in road tax for the Fiesta, however, due to its worse on paper fuel economy. 

Used Ford Fiesta ST vs Mini Cooper S

The Fiesta fights back with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating compared with the Mini’s four-star rating, although the Mini was tested under a newer, more stringent system.

Both cars come well equipped as standard, with climate control (dual-zone in the Fiesta), a DAB radio, steering wheel-mounted controls, satellite navigation, sports seats, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. The Mini adds LED headlights and an adjustable boot floor to that tally.