Everyone always does though ...
The last Fiesta ST was out-done by the Clio Sport, Corsa VXR and the 206 GTi etc. Maybe the handling was on-par, but engine-wise, a poor show. Yet I've seen far more Fiesta ST's on the road than any of the others ... perhaps to go as far as saying more than the others combined!
Same with most lines in Ford cars, with the ST225/RS being a close exception (though not completely, as there are quicker cars in the same class and only a few slower). The Mondeo seriously lacks a large diesel engine and perhaps a large petrol (the 2.5T is still not as good as the GM/BMW/Audi 3.0 6-pots).
However, despite Ford's approach to not being the quickest, their quality and handling is always above par. I suppose their sales figures (along with perhaps cheaper insurance groups?) reflect this. Ford have a great marketing strategy!
Are you thinking of the Mito, because I test drove it and came close to going fot that, then i sat and went thru some of the real world figures, its way to expensive, and in regards to the engine, they are pretty poor, in fact the biggest thing for owners was the MPG, for a 1.4 in them, even the multi air engines, was shockingly poor.
Best part was when out for a test drive in it, in an industrial estate the dealer tried to impress me by flooring it and throwing it into a corner....unfortunaly all I responded with was how much under steer the car had.
I've already stated and therefore aware that the Fiesta is the better all round car than it's peers. I'm talking about performance and performance only, especially from the "Sporty" 1.6 ZS and there is no getting away from the fact that the performance of the ZS compared to it's rivals is well below par. It's not even close to some and some of those are using less capacity although they do have a turbo bolted on.
The Clio Sport, VXR are in a totally different league to the ZS on performance. Makes you wonder though, if all these "inferior" manufacturers can do it, why can't Ford. Or do they need to, reading views on here, they do, but maybe the majority of people are happy driving around in a sheep with wolves clothing.