- Cash prices aren’t the lowest
- Good level of standard equipment
- Very competitive PCP finance offers
Ford Fiesta ST running costs are impressively low running for this type of car, due to its new 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and PCP finance offers that compare favourably against less fun-to-drive rivals.
Contributing to affordable PCP monthly payments for the Fiesta ST are relatively low APR charges and a deposit contribution discount at the time of writing, plus reasonably strong residual values. Together these mean that you pay for a relatively low proportion of the car’s values over the length of the contract.
The new engine sports just three cylinders, compared with the previous version’s four-cylinder motor. One of these can also shut down during gentle driving, to reduce fuel economy further. This results in strong claimed fuel economy of 47.1mpg, despite the ST’s speedy acceleration when all three cylinders are in use.
Ford models normally offer reasonably priced servicing and maintenance costs, though you can expect to pay a premium to insure the Fiesta ST compared with less powerful Fiesta models.
The CO2 and fuel economy figures have improved over the previous 1.6-litre engine, at a quoted 136g/km with 47.1mpg. Since the engine features cylinder deactivation, you should get strong fuel ecomony when driving gently as one of the cylinders shuts down.
- Cabin feels of reasonable quality – better than before, but not near the top of the class
- New 1.5-litre engine is too new to predict
- Recent Ford dependability has been above average, but with niggles through being built to a price
Generally speaking, the Ford Fiesta feels as well built as any other Fords, such as the Focus and Mondeo – but it's clearly built to a price. The quality of the interior especially stands out as being good in your line of sight, but expect the new Volkswagen Polo to move on the game in that regard.
The ST receives a new turbocharged 1.5-litre engine with cylinder deactivation. This means that one of the cylinders can shut down under gentle driving to boost economy. As this is new technology for the Fiesta, it’s possible that there may be some teething problems with early models. We haven’t seen any reports of issues at the time of writing, however.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,238 - £1,238 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.5T EcoBoost (200ps) Petrol||136 g/km (Min)||£145|
|1.5T EcoBoost (200ps) Petrol||136 g/km (Max)||£145|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||£145|
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.