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from Autocar UK:
There is no greater hot hatch contest right now than this: we put the Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTI and Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo to the test



So, here we are, on the Brecon Beacons with The Big Three - the new Ford Fiesta ST, the Peugeot 208 GTI and the Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo.

It has been a long time coming, and conditions are perfect. A minor hurricane is blowing, obviously, but it has been spliced with fluorescent spring sunshine, so the roads are cricket-crease dry.

The glacial breeze might be the reason for my savage goose bumps. But perhaps not. This is a rare occasion. It’s unusual to have three direct rivals arrive so close together, even more unusual to get them between the cattle grids without a preliminary comparison to upset the form guide, and practically unheard of for it all to occur in a segment as compelling (and as pertinent) as this one. This is hot hatch Yalta. In Wales.

Except, of course, it isn’t, because we’re on day two of the conference, and much has already occurred. Our favourite strip of national park may be the photogenic showpiece where considered debate becomes verdict, but there has been a massive amount of preamble to see the dignitaries on to the B4560’s round table. And as hot hatches – particularly the affordable supermini variant – are as much about making the logistical nitty-gritty memorable as they are rewarding in rural isolation, I’ll take you all the way back to the introductory handshakes for some historical context.

Broadly speaking, each car here is in an enviable position. Spicy superminis were once an adolescent side show to the family-sized hot hatch, but now going ‘small’ is very much of the moment. Downsizing equals efficiency.

Read Article: autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/ford-fiesta-st-v-peugeot-208-gti-v-renault-clio-rs-200-turbo


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Well that Clio is more exciting than the one we have now lol.
 
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