Job done, we’d say. The apparent change in character of the latest Renault Clio RS 200 has left a gap up the inside, and the Fiesta ST has slipped through and taken up the class lead.

The Fiesta ST is a seriously entertaining car: raucous and agile in all the right areas, yet quite capable of being used all day, every day, as your only means of transport, the only caveat being the slightly niggly low-speed ride.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
The ST sets the bar extremely high for a Ford Fiesta RS

Sure, it might not be as focused as, say, the third generation of Clio RenaultSport - but it's worth remembering that Ford has two sporting badges to play with. The ST models are supposed to make sensible and enjoyable daily drivers, while the RS-badged versions are the hardcore variants.

Because it's been appropriately set up, the Fiesta ST wouldn’t be a bad ‘only car’ at all. Many of our testers ceded that, if they had a proper job, it would be right up there on their fantasy company car shortlist. 

It’s that sort of car; like a Porsche Cayman or a BMW 3 Series, it’s the default choice. The Fiesta is, ultimately, as competent, flexible and as capable as they come.

Ford's Fiesta ST is the simple answer to an awful lot of car buying questions, and we strongly suspect that it’ll stay that way for a long while to come.

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