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Fleets of Fancy: Ford Fiesta ST

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.
Paul Barker


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.Fleets of Fancy-February 19-Fleety Alternative











Ford Fiesta ST
Performance:6.5 seconds/144mph