Ford Fiesta ST200 vs. its rivals

For reasons unknown, Ford is stubbornly refusing to reintroduce the Fiesta RS. So, for the current-generation model at least, there probably won't be anything quicker than the ST200.

This new limited edition – which was first unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March – is essentially a regular ST with various upgrades.

Ford Fiesta ST200 (2016) Rear

Engine improvements mean that power and torque are up by 10 per cent and 20 per cent respectively, for instance. Such increases are enough to secure membership of the hot supermini top echelon.

Other enhancements include a shorter final-drive ratio to boost mid-range acceleration, matt black 17” alloy wheels and red-painted brake calipers. Inside, Recaro front seats and unique part-leather upholstery are key elements of the standard specification.

Ford Fiesta ST200 (2016) Front SideFord Fiesta ST200 (2016) Dashboard

However, since the ST200 costs £5,000 more than an entry-level Fiesta ST, most rivals appear to offer much better value for money.

Among those competitors are the Mini John Cooper Works Hatch, Peugeot 208 GTi, Renault Clio Renaultsport Nav 200, Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Ford Fiesta ST200 (2016) InteriorFord Fiesta ST200 (2016) Rear Side

Here's how the Fiesta ST200 compares to them:

Model Price
Fiesta ST200 £22,745
JCW Hatch £23,050
208 GTi £19,515 (GTi Prestige: £20,365)
Clio R.S. Nav 200 £20,445
Corsa VXR £18,475
Polo GTI £19,125
Powertrain Engine Transmission
Fiesta ST200 1.6 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual
JCW Hatch 2.0 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual
208 GTi 1.6 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual
Clio R.S. Nav 200 1.6 litre petrol turbo 6-speed dual-clutch auto
Corsa VXR 1.6 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual
Polo GTI 1.8 litre petrol turbo 6-speed manual
Output Power Torque
Fiesta ST200 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) 290 Nm (214 lb/ft)
212 bhp (158 kW / 215 PS)* 320 Nm (236 lb/ft)*
JCW Hatch 227 bhp (170 kW / 231 PS) 320 Nm (236 lb/ft)
208 GTi 205 bhp (153 kW / 208 PS) 300 Nm (221 lb/ft)
Clio R.S. Nav 200 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) 260 Nm (191 lb/ft)
Corsa VXR 202 bhp (151 kW / 205 PS) 245 Nm (180 lb/ft)**
Polo GTI 189 bhp (141 kW / 192 PS) 320 Nm (236 lb/ft)
*Additional output available for up to twenty seconds using transient overboost.
**280 Nm (206 lb/ft) available for up to five seconds using overboost.
Performance 0-62 mph (100 km/h) Top speed
Fiesta ST200 6.7 secs 143 mph (230 km/h)
JCW Hatch 6.3 secs 152 mph (245 km/h)
208 GTi 6.5 secs 143 mph (230 km/h)
Clio R.S. Nav 200 6.7 secs 146 mph (235 km/h)
Corsa VXR 6.8 secs 143 mph (230 km/h)
Polo GTI 6.7 secs 146 mph (235 km/h)
Efficiency Combined fuel consumption CO2
Fiesta ST200 46.3 mpg (6.1 l/100km) 140 g/km
JCW Hatch 42.2 mpg (6.7 l/100km) 125 g/km
208 GTi 52.3 mpg (5.4 l/100km) 125 g/km
Clio R.S. Nav 200 44.8 mpg (6.3 l/100km) 144 g/km
Corsa VXR 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100km) 174 g/km
Polo GTI 47.1 mpg (6.0 l/100km) 139 g/km

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