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Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Volkswagen Polo GTI verdict

Buy either of these hot hatches at a couple of years old and you'll save a pretty penny, but which is more fun and better value? We have the answer...

Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Volkswagen Polo GTI

Our verdict

The Fiesta ST is more agile and more fun than the Polo GTI, and barely costs any more to run, so for us it's a clear winner. The Polo GTI may be comfier and classier inside, but it simply isn’t as good a hot hatch.

It's worth noting, though, that if anything the previous-generation Fiesta ST was even more fun than this latest one. If you don't mind having an older car that's done a few more miles, it's also well worth considering.

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1st – Ford Fiesta ST 1.5T ST-3 Performance Pack 3dr

Fiesta ST

For Sweet chassis balance; fruity engine note; sharper accelerator responses; slicker gearchange
Against Slightly inconsistent steering weight; firm ride; no automatic emergency braking

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI

For Stronger performance; comfier ride; quieter at speed; better infotainment 
Against Uninspiring handling; less evocative engine sound; smaller boot

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Fiesta ST-3 Performance Pack 3dr

Engine size 1.5-litre petrol
Power 197bhp
Torque 214lb ft
0-60mph 6.8sec
Top speed 144mph
Fuel economy 47.1mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 136g/km


Specifications: Volkswagen Polo GTI

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 197bhp
Torque 236lb ft
0-60mph 6.4sec
Top speed 147mph
Fuel economy 47.9mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 134g/km


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