New Ford Fiesta ST Goes Against Every Rival In Hot Hatch Drag Race

The new Ford Fiesta ST has been already praised for its fun-to-drive character but does its three-cylinder engine provide enough poke to beat its main hot hatch rivals? Time to find out.

The new Fiesta ST -a forbidden fruit for the US market- is powered by a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 197hp (200PS) and 213lb-ft (290Nm) of peak torque. The new powerplant comes with a cylinder deactivation system for better fuel economy and an active exhaust for a better soundtrack.

Ford reckons it’ll do the 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6.5 seconds and hit 144mph (232km/h) flat out. A mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential and a Launch Control system are optional.

Carwow gathered the new Fiesta ST’s main rivals, including the Toyota Yaris GRMN, the Peugeot 208 GTI, the VW Polo GTI and the Mini Cooper S JCW. The most powerful of the lot is the Mini, packing 228hp out of a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

The most unusual powertrain belongs to the hot Yaris, which sports a supercharged 1.8-liter with 210hp and is also the lightest among the contenders. The VW Polo is the only one fitted with a dual-clutch transmission.

Which hot hatch wins the race? Head to the video below and find out.


  • Mike Gonzalez

    where the Clio RS Trophy!??!

    • Eythan Aldrich

      I second that

  • Ron

    The Yaris is not only hideous but he also jumped the start line.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      No, the starter had completely finished giving the signal. The Yaris driver just got a better start.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Could you not just tell us?

  • Julien Lachemoi

    I’m surprised to see the Peugeot last, I would have thought that its torque made her better than that.

  • uS’gedlemba

    I’m curious to know why the Clio RS is not there…marketing, marketing, marketing…another reason not to trust what you see anymore.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The Peugeot has a nice design though. Pity for those performances.

  • Markus Jentes

    Cool race. Did he just (ever so slightly) jump before the hands were fully down?

  • Infinite1

    The Yaris would of performed even better if it’s engine was turbo charged but good going.

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