Motor (Australia)

The Tiebreaker

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I VE GOT UP TO K TO SPEND AND I M AFTER A FUN AND SPORTY HATCH THAT I CAN LIVE WITH AROUND TOWN WHILE STILL PROVIDING THOSE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING THRILLS IN THE HILLS. I HAD MY EYE ON A NEW FIESTA ST BUT FORD IS UOTING LENGTHY DELIVERY TIMES GIVEN THE SEMICONDUC­TOR SHORTAGE. A SECONDHAND MEGANE RS LOOKS VERY ATTRACTIVE. SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE FIESTA EROME T

QUITE A DECISION you have ahead of yourself there, Jerome. Both cars are held in high regard as sporting front drivers, the Fiesta in particular for its position and price. The Megane, too, represente­d the front-drive benchmark until the FK8 Civic Type R. The Fiesta, however, will be better suited to life in the city, winning points on practicali­ty thanks to its rear doors and more rounded damping – however, note that both are firm. The Megane is quicker and offers a more focused driving experience at a lower buy-in, but there’s always that added risk in buying used. The Fiesta comes with the confidence of a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. In that respect, we’d probably go with the FiST. But both are worthy considerat­ions. – AA

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