Can the pint-sized Ford Performance hatch see off its competition?

The new Ford Fiesta ST is one of the most hotly-anticipated hot hatches of recent times, with a sterling pedigree and promising early reviews. But how does it stack up against its pint-sized competitors?

Matt Watson and CarWow clearly asking the same question, and lined it up with a Toyota Yaris GRMN, a Mini Cooper JCW, a Volkswagen Polo GTI and Peugeot 208 GTi to find out.

We're not going to spoil the results, but the winner came as a bit of a shock to us. Enough said.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol making 147kW and 290Nm, hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford claims a 6.5-second sprint to 100km/h, but that clearly isn't quick enough to mark it king of the hot-hatch hill.