In the latest Auto Express award, the cheapest car on the 30-car shortlist, the Ford Fiesta Metal, was named in the top ten ahead of notable supercars costing ten times as much.
The 134PS special edition supermini was described by judges of the awards as being an ‘old-school hot hatch.
Luke Madden, motoring writer at Auto Express added: “It’s simple, lightweight and has an engine that doesn’t produce peak power until 6,700rpm. For such an affordable hatch to make such a big impression is a real achievement. Few cars provide as much enjoyment as the Fiesta.”
Surrounded by powerful V8 engines, the Ford Fiesta Metal’s 1.6-litre petrol engine may seem humble, but it is capable of propelling the car to 62mph from standing in 8.7 seconds.
However, the Ford’s driveability was also praised by Madden, who said: “Every time we drive the supermini we’re reminded of the magic Ford’s engineers have sprinkled on the chassis. On the road its supple ride, perfectly weighted steering and sharp responses come to the fore.”
The Ford Fiesta Metal also looks the part with twin chrome exhausts, leather sports seats and 17″ black alloy wheels. The car also includes a silver front grille surround, steel scuff plates and a lowered ride height.
Anthony Ireson, Ford of Britain’s marketing director, said: “The Ford Fiesta has a significant heritage as a great driver’s car. The Auto Express accolade is a testament to how much work we put into making our cars special for today’s drivers.”
The Ford Fiesta Metal is on sale in the UK in limited numbers – just 100 will go be sold – from £15,695.