Ford Fiesta ST : Goodbye

  • Fiesta ST impresses the whole team with its all-round abilities
  • Overall economy disappoints, indicative of fun to be had behind the wheel
  • Twist in the tail means this isn’t the end for us and this particular ST

Can you ever have too much of a good thing? Well, there’s no doubting, from either the author or the rest of the team, that our Ford Fiesta ST-3 was very much a good thing. A very good thing in fact, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Which might explain why, that just under four months after it arrived EJ14 EDC accrued over 6,000 miles in our – well mostly my – hands. Far from a one-trick pony, our Fiesta ST coped with every task thrown at it.

Fiesta ST driving

On my mainly motorway - unless I deliberately detoured onto the back roads, as I was known to do – commute of around 58 miles each way the Fiesta was quiet, refined and comfortable. I loved the Recaro seats almost as much for their long-distance comfort as their lateral support, while the climate control ensured I was never hot and bothered when arriving at work.

Along with the Quickclear heated windscreen – which incidentally does what it says on the tin – the Ford was a pleasure to use over winter too. Only having to get out of the Fiesta’s dramatically quick to heat-up seats and scrape the screen on my fiancé’s frozen Honda detracted from the frosty early-morning hassle-free schedule.

Fiesta ST versus 208 GTI

Driven sedately, which I’ll admit wasn’t often, EDC’s economy was known to climb too – we once saw over 46mpg on a run to the office. Even if the average was usually around 10mpg less than that, and our entire test average finished at just 34.7mpg. It’s too easy to enjoy driving this car enthusiastically.

I usually spent most of my time one or two-up in the car, but other members of the team tested its practicality too. Kid’s buggies fitted in the boot, while children (in kiddie seats or not) squeezed successfully onto the rear bench.

Fiesta ST economy

All commented on the punch of the turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which in standard form allows a fiesta ST to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds.

Our example arrived with a Mountune upgrade, which boosts power by 15bhp and reduces that time by two tenths of a second. For £650 including fitting, it feels like good value, especially when you consider it retains the standard Ford three-year warranty. Certainly there’s no doubt in my mind, it’s the single best upgrade you can make to an ST, and having experienced it first hand I couldn’t go back to ‘standard’ power.

Fiesta ST mountune

There’s no doubt the four months with EJ14 EDC was the quickest four months of my life, and when the nice man from Ford came to take ‘my’ Fiesta ST-3 away my colleagues had to physically hold me back as he drove away.

But that’s not the end of the story, and while motoring journalists aren’t renowned for spending their own cash - flying across the world to test the latest car, staying in nice hotels, eating and drinking some of the best produce in the world, claiming expenses for their airport car parking and driving their ‘free’ car to the airport – I might be about to upset that status quo. EJ14 EDC may have made its way back to Ford, but in a few weeks time it looks like it’s going to be making it way back to me, having arranged to buy the car from Ford to replace my fiancé’s Honda Civic Type R.

So it seems, when it comes to my Ford Fiesta ST-3, that no, you can’t ever have too much of a good thing.

Mileage: 10,811miles                                  Economy: 34.7mpg