The accolades just keep on coming for Ford Fiesta ST, with the car winning every head-to-head comparison with key competitors. Elsewhere this week, Mondeo, Fiesta eWheelDrive and B-MAX all get great press…
El Economista (Spain) published the results of its 2013 “EcoMotor Awards,” a survey in which readers were asked to vote online for their favourite models in every category. Ford Mondeo was named “Best Upper-Medium Sedan” with 18.57% of the vote. It defeated the Mercedes-Benz E Class, which ranked second with 18.06% of the vote, followed by the Mazda6 in third place (13.5%).
AutoExpress (UK) took Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTi and Renaultsport CIio 200 to a race track in North Wales to find out which is the hot hatch king. Its verdict?
WINNER FORD FIESTA ST (5 out of 5 stars) “The ST is a car you feel at one with — its steering is sharp and perfectly weighted, and body control is excellent. It’s agile, alive and entertaining on a twisty road, while the manual box is lovely to use. The engine sounds great and the ride isn’t too bad, either.”
Autocar (UK) also compares the three rivals: “We’ve become accustomed to Ford delivering class leaders right out of the gate, and the ST is no exception. During the car’s development, the manufacturer was quick to distance itself from the previous (at the time, current) generation of Renaultsport Clio, suggesting that it was aiming for a more accommodating middle ground. Nevertheless, confronted with the aggressive, mischievous and rather marvellous final product, it’s tough not to conclude that Ford borrowed liberally from Renault’s former playbook - right down to the bargain starting price of £16,995.... The ST proves an object lesson in familiar Ford development — namely, giving us exactly what we want.
1. FORD FIESTA ST-2 Built for fun in the best tearaway tradition
Verdict: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
2. RENAUIT CIIO RS 200 TUREBO LUX Flawed but thoroughly enjoyable at speed
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars
3. PEUGEOT 208 GTI More fun and more able than most rivals, but not these two
Verdict: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
KMH (France) describes Fiesta ST as “bewitching,” adding: “It performs confidently on hairpin turns with its precise front axle and chassis. The firm suspension, incisive steering and tough brakes illustrate how much the Fiesta ST was adapted for high performance, intensive use and unfailing endurance. It is surprisingly fun to drive, and in this respect, it’s almost on par with the penultimate generation of the Focus RS. In short, the Fiesta ST makes us forget everything we thought we knew about the hot hatch category.
Meanwhile, Dailygeekshow.com (France) is mightily impressed with Ford’s prototype Fiesta eWheelDrive. It reports: “The greatest innovation of this car, completely powered by electric energy is that the engine is not in the hood but in the two rear wheels... Outside, it looks like a car just like the others, although we can notice that the frame of the rear wheels seems "full" in comparison to that of the front wheels. Under the hood, the battery gives power to two engines placed on each of the rear wheels (and each weighing about 44 kg)...Inside, everything seems to be similar to a car with an engine located under the hood.”
Lastly, “A stroke of design genius” is how the Derby Evening Telegraph (UK) sums up B-MAX, adding: “removal of the B-pillar - has set the B-MAX apart and established it as a class leader. Its rivals might be slightly bigger or more affordable but in this Ford you have what for me is the perfect growing family's second car. And a small people carrier that finally makes perfect sense.”