Toyota and Ford have both recently released global vehicles for us car geeks. They're both cheap to buy, rather cheap to run, have similar horsepower and were created to put a smile on your face, you little hoon!
I've been looking at both cars and both seem to make sense. The GT-86 is probably a bit more driver-oriented and offers a "purer" driving experience thanks to it being a rear-wheel drive coupe, naturally aspirated, and a dedicated sports car.
The fiesta ST is probably a bit more of a compromise, since it's derived from a classical hatchback and is front wheel drive. This also means means its format offers more seating space, a neat and easy to modulate trunk, all in a lighter and shorter package. In addition, its 1.6 turbo offers better fuel economy and more low-end grunt. And it's quite a bit cheaper, too.
In Europe, if you're a
greedy lad like me looking for the cheapest route, you can get a GT-86 starting around 23 500€. On the other hand, a Fiesta ST can be had for as low as 16 500€, which makes quite a difference!
I'm not the only one who asked himself this question, since Evo recently did a comparison between two cars:
As you can see, the outcome's a bit surprising!
So, all things considered, if it were your money, which would you rather have?