Ever since then, the Fiesta has been the pocket rocket benchmark. More entertaining than Renault Sport's offerings, cheaper than those from Peugeot and just plain better than the Vauxhall alternative, the ST has always had something up its sleeve to see off rivals. Fast, fun, entertaining and fantastic value for money, this generation of Fiesta ST has done more than enough to make us forget about some fairly ordinary predecessors. Even with a rather iffy interior.
There's a lot going for it. Ford sold plenty of STs, and sold them cheap, ergo there are lots of affordable used ones knocking around. Which means you can be picky about colour, equipment, and so on. When you bear in mind that there are only 16 Clio IV Renault Sports in the PH classifieds, and half of those are white, you can see the advantage the Fiesta holds when the spec has already been decided for you.
Furthermore, it would appear that this particular car has the Mountune Performance upgrade, as signified by the yellow badge on the bootlid. The dealer seems to be unaware of this extra, but we'd wager it's genuine as Mountune goes to great lengths to ensure you can't just plonk a badge on your Ford. And even if it's not yet fitted, the MP215 kit is well worth having at some point down the line.
And you just know it's going to be an absolute riot. An old Renaultsport Clio may yet be sweeter still, but it'll be an older car at this money and will cost more to run. A Corsa VXR has never been quite as talented, and is now a 10 year-old car despite revisions. A 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport is about the only car from the past five years to surpass the Fiesta in certain areas, though you're looking at thousands more for one of those. It would seem, then, that there's perhaps even more going for the ST as a used car than a new one; certainly the three-cylinder version has an awful lot to live up to.
SPECIFICATION - FORD FIESTA ST
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 182@5,700rpm (200hp w/overboost)
Torque (lb ft): 177@1,500-5000rpm (214lb ft w/overboost)
MPG: 47.9 (NEDC combined)
Recorded mileage: 50,000
Year registered: 2014
Price new: £17,995 (ST-2)
Yours for: £8,990
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