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Posted by Justin VanAbrahams [Email] (#32) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Justin VanAbrahams) on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 08:25:47 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Ford Fiesta, AdamSAAB2kAero [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 26 Dec 2018 20:03:48
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ROFL. Excellent cherrypicking. The "cons" you quoted are literally "the three worst things we could think of" but are not reflected in the actual text of the article. They are included for devil's advocacy, as MT does for every single car they review. The actual text speaks highly of the car - especially the ST.

The "low crash scores" are in ONE test - frontal offset - whereas the car did very well in the other four. *From the article* NHTSA gave it four stars. That's *exceptional* in a tiny car.

On the subject of a tiny car, of bloody course it has a small back seat and limited cargo capacity. It's TINY. It weighs 300lbs less than a c900. 1000lbs less than a 9-3SS. It weighs 100lbs more than a 2003 Mini Cooper S! It's VERY SMALL. What do you expect?

In addition to being small, it's also very inexpensive. New Fiestas are $10k. A loaded ST is $20k. What sort of advance tech do you expect in this category of car? The point of the car is to be cheap and economical, and it delivers. The ST adds some superb driving dynamics without sacrificing the economy. The article states as much - “there’s nothing here a driver won’t enjoy.”

I don't know what "spoiled by Saab" actually means in this context, since I'm pretty sure someone who was "spoiled by Saab" in 1965 is not the same person as someone who has "2kAero" in their username, but to each their own. My love of Saab hails from the c900, which was a masterpiece of compromise - a little fast, a little fun to drive, a little practical, and a little economical. So, for me, a Fiesta ST is a borderline perfect successor. Yes, I give up some cargo room but I lose weight and gain power. I'm down for that trade.

It's fine if you like big cushy sedans with fancy electronics (hey, my c900 shares a driveway with an XJR) but that's not what the Fiesta (ST) is about, and not what I want every single day. Sometimes, small, simple, and fun is exactly the right thing. Actually, most days it's the right thing. My XJR mostly sits at home. The SPG and the XR4Ti (simple, small, light, hatch, turbo...) get most of the road time.

If that's not impressive to you, there ain't nothing wrong with that, but don't be one of those people who picks the three worst sentences out of an otherwise positive review and present the review as negative. That's not cool.

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