The V8 grunt of the Mustang has defined Ford performance cars in the US for the last 50 years, but in Europe, the Blue Oval has nearly as a long history of building some of the best hot hatches on the market with the Fiesta, Escort and later the Focus. The latest Fiesta ST has just hit the roads on both sides of the pond and has been enthusiastically received thanks to its combination of a peppy, turbocharged engine and hatchback utility.

However, Europe is getting a bumper crop of hot hatches at the moment, including the forthcoming, third-generation Mini Cooper S. Should Ford have waited to launch the ST until it knew how the competition performed? That's the answer that Xcar is after in its latest video, and it took the Fiesta to the track and some very misty, Welsh roads to find out. Scroll down to find out whether the ST stacks up.


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      Vwfanatic
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wait a minute, this test uses a three-door Fiesta hatchback ST, NOT the five-door USA Fiesta ST. Hey Ford, give us the three-door like you sell in Europe!
      SquareFour
      • 10 Months Ago
      Between that bloke's annoying voice and the shatty music/generic visuals, I couldn't finish watching the vid.
        SpacemanSpiff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @SquareFour
        The only thing that really bothered me was his constant pronunciation of "Fiester". Not sure if that's a British thing or if he's just a dork. I'm going with dork.
          Alex Goy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SpacemanSpiff
          I can't help my pronunciation. It's how we say it over here. Though I am a dork.
      j.ziraldo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Multimatic Motorsport campaigned a couple of Focus cars in IMSA ST racing in 2012 with support from Ford Racing. I wonder how much of what was learned from that year has influenced the Focus and Fiesta STs.
      Semislicks
      • 10 Months Ago
      This car doesnt have LSD, hence it fails miserably. Opel, VW, even Renault offer smart LSDs in their hot hatches. Ford fails miserably! Mini JCW will annihilate it on a track.
        Semislicks
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Semislicks
        @carguy1701 YES IT DOES. The GTI performance comes with MECHANICAL LSD! JCW ALSO!
          Rick
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Semislicks
          VW has their XDS, which is better than nothing.
      951
      • 10 Months Ago
      I just leased a loaded one for almost nothing down & $260 a month on a 2 year. I've driven a lot of other cars to compare it to, and nothing was really close for smile per mile. Price wise, nothing is in the same ballpark.
        Soyntgo4it
        • 10 Months Ago
        @951
        They saw you coming.
        Soyntgo4it
        • 10 Months Ago
        @951
        Can lease a Focus St for a lot less. For the same length of time. lmao!!
          951
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Soyntgo4it
          Focus ST with same options is a $30k car. The baseline 24 month lease rate on that is $4k down and $392 a month + tax & license. Someone here is wrong here.....and it is you.
      1STH
      • 10 Months Ago
      this is such a great car, the Fiesta ST. Lots of performance...hot hatch looks, and its own character. I don't see too many around as i don't think the US buying public really understand hot hatches yet. Hopefully this results in many more coming to our shores from all types of carmakers.
        akitadog
        • 10 Months Ago
        @1STH
        What did I say about your cognitive dissonance, again?
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      Those european designed Fords are really great driver's cars. I'm curious about the new Mustang. Does anyone know if the Mustang got some european development time as well or is it a purely american design? (Except for the european head of design)
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        I wouldn't be surprised if they took it to the 'ring at some point, but I think we'd have heard about it if they had.
      hn376rar
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am completely befuddled why Ford and GM do not offer a 2 door economy car in the US? I know “volume” is an issue, but once again, they GIVE this segment to Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, etc…
      timber
      • 10 Months Ago
      I haven't seen tests betweens this Fiesta and the new Clio RS (the usual number one) but as usual this should be a two horse race between these two. They are the best handling, most fun small hot hatches Europe has to offer. Their larger brothers, the Megane RS and the Focus ST are also the closest competitors one segment above (despite the Golf GTI being perhaps the most known)
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