[Video] Subcompact hot hatch battle sees the Ford Fiesta ST win against Renault Clio 220 Trophy and Mini JCW image

There are countless niches across the automotive industry – mainly because of automakers who try to invent new segments where they can compete alone – but one of the hottest and richest is the… hot hatch venue.

It’s so divided that we started splitting the hot hatch segment into pieces – the subcompact and compact areas are the main zones of evolution. This time around we have a battle in the subcompact division – but when it comes to hot hatches size is not important. And here the differentiations are starting to become capital – for example the Fiesta ST can be had with a 1.6-liter turbo just like the Clio RS but the French model only packs the easier to live with 6-speed EDC automatic. And as the video progresses you’ll see the points in Fiesta’s favor that include the manual gearbox, fun to drive factor or the fact that it’s also the cheapest of the trio. And as the Carfection guys also point out, that translates into the used car market, where you can have the ST for way less money than the Clio or the Mini John Cooper Works.

As for the latter, it’s like a rich man’s pocket rocket – it has a larger two-liter engine (more expensive to insure and run) and adding in options will take it to the brink of the €40,000 mark, which is where the Golf GTI resides, for example. Head over after the break to have a go at 600-hp worth of performance and joy and make your own judgments on the fun factor (and any other indicator).

Via Carfection