Even with the recent increase in strong competition, the Ford Fiesta remains one of the highest rated small cars here in Britain. Ford updated the Fiesta for the start of last year to giving it a modern facelift and extra onboard gadgets for superior practicality.
Engines like the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol have also allowed the Fiesta to be one of the most efficient small cars on sale now. All of this has allowed the Fiesta to prove a strong competitor next to recently launched superminis like the new Nissan Note and the new Renault Clio.
The Ford Fiesta, currently priced from £9,995, remains the best selling new car in the UK market. Statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that in the twelve months of 2013, as many as 121,929 registrations were made for a new Fiesta in Britain.
The Ford Fiesta ST, launched during the spring of last year, is a performance-focused hot hatch derivative of the current small car. Since its debut the Fiesta ST has received a lot of critical acclaim and surpassed Ford’s sales expectations.
So strong has sales been in fact, that Ford has had its production targets increased by 15 per cent in order to meet demand from buyers across Europe.
The motoring website CarBuyer was clearly impressed by the Fiesta ST as well, enough to give it its 2014 Best Hot Hatch award. In doing so the Ford fended off other candidates like the Peugeot 208 GTi and the Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo.
Powering the Fiesta ST is a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 178bhp, linked with a six-speed manual gearbox. The hot hatch can go from a standstill to 62mph in 6.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 139mph.
The hot hatch also offers customers performance-tuned steering, suspension, brakes and enhanced Torque Vectoring Control. The Fiesta ST also feature Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Recaro sports seats and Ford MyKey, among others. The Ford Fiesta ST is available now from £16,995.