Ivan Aistrop, road test editor
For me, the best car of the year has to be the Ford Fiesta ST
. Not because I like it. Which I do. And not because I had an immense amount of fun in it. Which I did. Nope, like with all Auto Trader road test verdicts, the cars that do best are the ones that completely nail their brief from a fitness-for-purpose point of view, and as a result, suit their buyers better than any of their rivals. And that’s just what the ST does.
First and foremost, a good hot hatch needs to be fun. Check. This car displays a level of dynamic excellence that not only beats all its direct rivals, but that also embarrasses a lot of much more expensive machinery.
A good hot hatch also needs to be affordable. Check. It costs less that most rivals, despite being better, so it’s accessible for those on a tighter budget. It also needs to be practical enough and comfortable enough to live with day to day. And guess what? Check and check.
Both the Kia Stinger
and Audi A6
ran the ST pretty close, because for a variety of reasons, both are really talented and appealing cars in their respective classes. However, neither can edge the ST.