Want a Ford Edge ST? Con­sider these op­tions, too

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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.

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