Want a Ford Edge ST? Consider these options, too
Those looking to justify the audi’s price premium — the sq5 starts at $61,300 while the st is pretty much all in at $49,099 — will get their revenge inside, audi, as always, is the master of the luxurious interior with impeccable fit and finish. The st simply can’t compete in this arena.
you want sexy: Well then, you need range rover’s Evoque. newly refreshed and due here soon as a 2020 model, land rover’s style-setting compact crossover is still the sexiest thing that can pretend to go off-road. Plus, and this makes it fairly unique in the segment, the Evoque really can adventure out in the boonies. all land rovers, even the cute little ones aimed at inner city poseurs, are able to fjord a stream or climb a rock if so challenged.
as for performance, the 2020 model is newly invigorated, the P300 mild hybrid version now offering 296 ponies. But, it’s still an inline four and, though a fine example of the breed, unlikely to trouble the st in the nvh sweepstakes. That said, like the audi, the range rover clearly edges the Ford — sorry, dear reader, i couldn’t help it — inside with more sumptuous leather and avant garde styling. There’s also some pretty cool technology including the Clearsight rear-view mirror that lets you see behind you when you’ve loaded the Evoque’s trunk to the brim with Christmas goodies. Current Evoques are about the same price as an Edge st, but we’ll have to wait until the Montreal auto show in January for finalized 2020 pricing.
you want the very best stbadged vehicle of all time: Well, you’re going to save a whole bunch of money because the best car that in Ford’s performance division is also, at $26,358, the cheapest. i am talking about the Fiesta st, the little bomb that Ford crafts out of what most people looked upon as a bargain basement econo-hatch, and not a particularly good one at that. The Fiesta st may have only a 1.6-litre turbocharged four under the hood, albeit with a fairly decent 197 horsepower, but it is the finest handling front-driver i have ever tested. as i commented at the time, the Fiesta st is as much fun as a lamborghini aventador for hooning around ontario’s Calabogie Motorsport Park, the st’s incredible balance lets you choose between speed-scrubbing understeer and tail-happy oversteer with the mere stab of its responsive throttle. indeed, timed right, you can manage both in the same corner.
at speed, Calabogie’s turns 17, 18 and 19 become one seemingly endless triple apex sweeper with, just for a little added difficulty, its final radius diabolically tight. The Fiesta st was the only front-wheeldrive hot hatch we tested there whose front end you could push through the first two wide-open bits and then, just as that last tricky bit started looming large, flip the little beast into apexclipping oversteer, avoiding the exit’s outside curb. indeed, so easy-peasy was this tire-sliding transformation that it could be repeated lap after lap even by neophytes. i get to test all manner of supercars and, as exciting as they all are, none has actually been more fun to race around in than the little st’ed Fiesta. unfortunately, it will soon become a casualty, perhaps the most missed, of Ford’s decision to get out of the car business. so, if you’re interested in one heck of a bargain, get down to your Ford dealer soon.