Ultimate accolade – Fiesta ST is TopGear’s top car

The multi-award-winning Ford Fiesta ST has earned the ultimate accolade - TopGear Magazine Car of the Year 2013.

The Fiesta's victory came despite competition from rivals such as the £866,000 McLaren P1 supercar. It was, according to the magazine, a unanimous choice: "A car that invigorates, excites and rekindles some of the love you thought you'd lost for the simple stuff. A car that puts a smile on your face each and every day. It's the most enjoyable car of 2013."

The Fiesta ST also won TopGear Magazine's Hot Hatch of the Year title and follows last year's Ford victor, the acclaimed Focus ST. TopGear Magazine commented "Fiesta ST does all of the things a hot hatch must do... the difference with the Ford is that it does them for £16,995. Often this would mean it lacks something the others have. But no, it has 180 horsepower. It looks cracking. The chassis is as lovingly engineered as a McLaren's. It grips and goes better than the others and - as far as we can see - there is no catch. The dealers could charge a few grand more, and it'd still feel like a good deal. But they don't, and good on them. Power to the People? It's borderline socialist."

TopGear Magazine, Britain's top-selling car magazine, was particularly struck by the Fiesta ST's restrained use of technology: "While other carmakers obsess about active dampers, speed-sensitive steering and various other complications, Ford has stuck to an upright policy of well-executed simplicity. Why go to the vast expense of engineering a million different settings, when
you could concentrate on a decent, one-size-fits-all set-up?"

TopGear's awards are the latest in a long line of commendations for the Fiesta ST, including Auto Express Best Hot Hatch and Scottish Car of the Year Best Hot Hatch. The many prizes have been more than matched by sales orders, with production targets increased by 15 per cent to meet demand from buyers Europe-wide.

Powered by a 180PS, 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, the Fiesta ST is capable of 0-62mph in 6.9 sec and has a top speed of 139mph. It's available from Foray's Ford dealerships starting at £16,995 on the road.