When it comes to cars, the topic of “new vs. used” is decades, if not centuries old. In most cases, the answer simply depends on what the buyer is looking for, the condition of the used vehicle being considered, the purpose of the purchase, as well as personal preference. Tons of personal preference. But what if the choice came down to a used 2003 E46-generation BMW M3 coupe versus a new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST?
For starters, the Fiesta ST is American… so it must be only good in a straight line… right? Wrong. The ST’s taught suspension, light weight (roughly 2,700 pounds), amazing brakes, 17″ wheels, and direct steering make it a great handler and canyon carver. Then there’s its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque… and since it’s turbocharged, the tiny four-banger makes its power in the mid-range. The ST also has other redeeming qualities, including the sporty Recaro seats and tons of in-cabin technology. But it’s also a front-wheel drive hot hatch compared to the rear-wheel drive dynamics and classic proportions of the two-door Bimmer. So, can the tiny B-segment hatch hold a candle to the Ultimate Driving Machine, aka the quintessential performance car? Find out in this episode of The Smoking Tire: