A hot hatch used to be all about a big engine in a small car. Now, it’s all about CO2 reduction. So here are fuel-efficient ones! VW presents the new Polo Blue GT with 150 PS. While Ford has the Fiesta Red Edition, with a 140 PS 1.0 EcoBoost. Downsizing at speed. How is that to drive? In the Fiesta, yes. We know this nice 1-liter turbo engine. It’s been tuned to 140 PS but sounds a bit less than the Fiesta Metal. But it has much more torque. Keep it over 2500 rpm and it goes! The sound is okay. And there’s a smooth manual 5-speed. An engaging drivetrain. The chassis is a bit tighter, too. Even hints of lift-off oversteer. Good fun all around! However, the drum brakes at the rear aren’t that good. But it’s no proper GTI – no Fiesta ST at that. And the Polo? The Polo is rock solid. A perfectionist. But fun? Not really. It’s a bit rougher, but doesn’t get playful. It corners as well, but at the limit it feels very safe. Good, but not exciting. Like the drivetrain: 1.4 turbo, 7-speed DSG.Faster than any manual. The extra 10 PS and feel like 30 PS. It’s fun to go fast. The flappy pedals are alright. But still. The engine has cilinder deactivation for added fuel economy. Funny. It does that when you cruise, so it’s basically a 3-cil too. Both cars are quite fun, fast and fairly economical. But the Fiesta costs 21000 euros, the Polo goes for 9000 more. Even taking extras into account, the difference is 5500 euros. While the Fiesta is as much fun to drive. The Polo is more advanced. But overall, the Fiesta just wins as a fun car to drive. .