Article By Essex Ford

Ford Fiesta ST-2 and All-New Ford Galaxy Win Car Of The Year Awards

The Ford Fiesta ST-2 won Best Hot Hatch for the third year running and the All-New Ford Galaxy won Best MPV in its price category at the WhatCar? Car Of The Year Awards 2016.

Both models also appeared in the Sunday Times Top 100 Cars for 2016, with the Ford Fiesta ST winning the Warm Hatches category outright and the Galaxy named as one of the top five seven-seat MPVs alongside that category's victor – the All-New Ford S-MAX.

The Ford Fiesta ST-2

Andrew Fraser, lead EcoBoost engineer based at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre, in Essex, said: “Winning three years on the trot shows how well loved the Fiesta ST remains. An EcoBoost engine is now in 50 per cent of all Fiestas we sell, proving how much both the car and our innovative engine deserve our best-selling UK car accolade”.

WhatCar? said: “This is a car that is not only brilliant to drive, it’s more fun than some cars costing more than £100,000. Plus, its small size and manageable power levels make it ideal for our awkward, narrow roads”.

“We’ve raved about this car. In fact, despite it having been around for almost three years now, the collective enthusiast scene is still frothing at the mouth about the brilliance of the ST. Simply put, it’s everything you want in a hot hatch. Fast enough to thrill, but not so fast as to scare, small enough to fit easily down tight back roads, and with alert, corner-hungry handling that’s joyful even on mundane roads”.

“It really does feel like a mini rally car for the road. By the standards of its peers, the Fiesta ST is demonstrably good value, particularly in ST-2 trim. Fun and great value – you can’t ask for more than that.”

For more information on the Ford Fiesta ST-2, just click here.


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The All-New Ford Galaxy

WhatCar? explained: “Look to this full-sized MPV if you want to seat seven adults and still get some luggage in the boot. All Galaxies get a flexible seven-seat layout with three sliding individual seats in the middle row and two rear seats that fold up out of the boot”.

“Perhaps most remarkable is that the van-sized body doesn’t stop the Galaxy from driving with impressive finesse. The car seems to shrink around you on the open road, feeling grippy and precise through corners; MPVs needn’t be tedious to drive, after all”.

The popular motoring magazine and website listed several other reasons why the All-New Galaxy won:

  • Ford's traditional MPV offers seven comfortable seats
  • Entry-level Zetec models get plenty of kit, including parking sensors
  • In spite of its van-like body, the Galaxy drives like a smaller car
  • Tall windows give all passengers a clear view out
  • 2.0-litre diesel engine is economical and delivers flexible pace

For more information on the All-New Ford Galaxy, just click here.


To learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST-2 or the All-New Ford Galaxy, or to book a test drive, contact Essex Ford in Basildon, Billericay, Lakeside, Rayleigh or Southend!