Ford Fiesta ST (12 on) - Review

Review by Gareth Evans on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4.5
The Ford Fiesta ST is the latest in a long line of fast hatchbacks from the Blue Oval. It follows on from fast Fiestas of yore including the XR2, the RS Turbo and of course, the previous ST.

Ford Fiesta ST (12 on)
  • Quick acceleration
  • Fun to drive
  • Very high resale values
  • Faces tough rivals
  • Not available as five-door

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£17,250 - £19,250

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The Ford Fiesta ST is the latest in a long line of fast hatchbacks from the Blue Oval. It follows on from fast Fiestas of yore including the XR2, the RS Turbo and of course, the previous ST.

Extremely accomplished drive

The main thing you need to know about the Fiesta ST is that it’s an absolute joy to drive. It’s agile, fast and best of all, a lot of fun.

Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Fiesta will sprint from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds while returning a claimed 48mpg on the combined cycle. It emits just 138g/km of CO2 too, which means it qualifies for reasonably cheap road tax considering just how fast it is.

Advanced electronic systems are employed to enhance safety and also provide a rewarding driving experience, the three-mode stability system letting the driver dictate how much intervention the car has.

The exterior of the car has been tweaked to reflect the ST’s sporting intentions; at the rear there’s a twin exhaust and neat integrated diffuser leaving you with no doubt what this car is for.

Inside, you get a pair of Recaro sports seats to keep you in place while driving quickly.

Pair of trim levels, high level of standard kit

Standard equipment on the new ST includes 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, halogen headlights, front fog lights, DAB digital radio and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system for connecting mobile phones via Bluetooth and multimedia devices via USB or aux-in connection.

High spec ST2 models also get LED daytime running lights, partial leather covering for the sports seats, a Sony stereo and keyless start.

Optional extras include the ST Style Pack, which further enhances the look of your Fiesta with different colour alloy wheels, illuminated scuff plates and red painted brake callipers.

Lairy paint schemes have become synonymous with Ford’s ST models and the Fiesta is no exception. Exclusively available is Molten Orange, while buyers can also choose from a range of metallic and pearlescent hues.

With the introduction of the Renaultsport Clio Turbo and the Peugeot 208 GTi due, there’s going to be a lot of competition for Ford’s latest foray into the hot supermini sector.

On paper the ST clearly has what it takes to win over the hearts and heads of buyers – but will that translate onto the road? Read our comprehensive Ford Fiesta ST review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

4.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Probably the cabin storage spaces, the armrest well is enormous due to the low transmission tunnel and the door bins are huge. But could do with some rubber or carpet for things like coins, cans etc.  

5 out of 5

Thomas Pitt ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 It is still a Fiesta so has all the practicality that comes with that.  

5 out of 5

Colin Campbell ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 5 seats yet still great fun. Good size boot for a little car.  

4 out of 5

Vicki Roath ,   20 May 2014    ... read more

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