Why should I want it?
The Fiesta ST has rightly been crowned as the current king of the hot hatch brigade, offering great performance, handling and looks. The top-spec ST-3 costs less than £22,000 in three-door form, though there’s also a more practical five-door. It comes loaded with kit, including sat-nav, 18-inch alloy wheels, Recaro sports seats, auto high beam assist, rear privacy glass and keyless entry.
Why can’t I have it?
It’s a supermini with a price tag of more than £20,000, and it’s not a car built for hefty mile-munching. It’s also such a hoot to drive that responsible driving isn’t exactly always encouraged…
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
The Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car, so you’re just plumping for a mainstream hatchback. Honest. But look deeper, and a residual value of more than 40% adds some financial sensibility, and a 200hp hatch that’s still only at 136g/km in WLTP testing isn’t too shabby.
More fleety alternative
You can have a car that looks 90% of the way to an ST, but is instead fitted with a 125hp 1.0-litre petrol engine that gets emissions below 110g/km, if show is more important that go. But the fact that the ST-Line Fiesta is still nearly £18,000 in 125hp guide does put the hotter ST’s price in perspective.
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