As you can see, the Swift Sport comes top overall, which is mostly due to the amount of features which come as standard when compared to the others (this isn't just us being biased!).
Whilst there's no doubt the Fiesta ST wins hands down when it comes to performance, with that comes increased running costs and reduced fuel economy which is where it scores lowest. It does however, come with a good amount of features in the ST-2 guise, but to include the same number of features as the Swift Sport you'd need to hand over an extra £5,716! The Fiesta's younger sibling, the ST-Line, sits closer on price starting at £18,615 but despite being 138bhp, it's small 1.0 turbocharged engine is nearly a second slower than the Swift Sport. It does however claim 55mpg but we think this is unlikely when it comes to 'real world' driving conditions, and when it comes to features the ST-Line also falls short needing an additional £4,686 to match the Swift Sport bumping the price up to £21,685.
Moving onto the newly released Up! GTI, it's clear to see there are some similarities but also many differences. Like the Fiesta ST-Line, the Up! GTI utilises a 1.0 turbocharged engine which provides just 113bhp. Thanks to the lighter weight of the Up! GTI, it does mean that its 0-60mph time is 0.2 seconds quicker than the Ford but still 0.7 seconds slower than the lighter Swift Sport. The new VW claims a combined MPG of 58, the highest of the group but as we've already said, the size of the engine could mean the real return is less than this. Surprisingly we couldn't spec the VW Up! GTI to the same level of the Swift Sport, as there is no option to include satellite navigation, rear electric windows or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, but with the extras we could add the Up! came in at £16,285 which although £714 cheaper than the Swift Sport, is a sacrifice on many features.
This brings us onto the Mini Cooper; a popular car for its looks and performance but as we quickly discovered, the base model comes with very few features as standard and it costs a lot to add them on. Performance wise, the Mini is the closest contender to the Swift Sport. Both share similar sized engines, power outputs, 0-60mph times and combined fuel economy figures, but it's when you start comparing what comes as standard that the Swift Sport presents much better value for money. The Mini had just 4 items on the list as standard and would cost you an eye-watering £6,881 to bring it up to be equivalent to the Sport and is what resulted in the Mini being the worst-scoring car on the list.