Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8
  • Five-door option available
  • Useful size boot, but not as large as Polo GTI
  • Plenty of standard safety equipment 

Be aware that on three-door cars the doors are quite long, which can make getting in and out in tight spaces more of a challenge. It’s worth noting the orange-coloured Performance Edition is three-door only.

You do get courtesy lights in the rear, map pockets behind the rear seats and a small storage area beside the seat base, but you won’t get a centre armrest or air vents in either bodystyle. This is typical for cars of this size though.

Ford Fiesta ST rear seats 2018

The Fiesta ST suffers with a problem many fast Fords have had over the years: its turning circle is huge, which helps its handling but also makes it slightly more difficult to park. This isn’t the end of the world by any measure, but on occasion you may find yourself doing a five-point turn when in other cars three manoeuvres would have been enough.

If you’re really concerned then go for an ST-3, though, which gets rear acoustic parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard. You can spec these separately if you don’t want the rest of the kit on the top ST, though. 

Ford Fiesta ST boot

The 292-litre boot in the ST isn’t any different to the regular Fiesta hatch, with the same high loading lip and 60:40-split folding back seats. It’s easily large enough for a few suitcases, however, and we don’t envisage many people complaining about storage space once they get driving – this is one of the most entertaining cars around. 

How safe is the Fiesta ST?

  • Extensive standard safety kit
  • Plenty of driver-assistance options
  • Five-star crash test score 

The ST is part of the Fiesta family, meaning it can boast the same five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating as the regular hatchback. That’s why we’ve included the hatch’s test video below. All Fiesta STs get six airbags and what Ford calls an NCAP Pack, which comprises lane-keeping assistance, a speed limiter, a rear seatbelt use indicator and automatic headlights. 

You can also option LED headlights which offer a better spread of light and range over the standard halogen ones.

At ST-3 level buyers can also expect traffic sign recognition, automatic high beam headlamps and a driver fatigue alert system.

Standard or optional Fiesta ST safety kit includes: 

  • Blindspot monitor
  • Pre-collision assist – prepares the car for an impending collision if it detects one
  • Automatic emergency braking with two-stage sensitivity
  • Distance alert – tells the driver if the car thinks you’re travelling too close to the vehicle in front

Read about how useful the Fiesta ST's safety technology is in the real world in our long-term report.  

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Fiesta ST.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

ST Performance Edition equipment

ST Performance Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST Performance Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-1 equipment

ST-1 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
ST-1 optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-2 equipment

ST-2 standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
ST-2 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

ST-3 equipment

ST-3 standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
ST-3 optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Fiesta ST was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 87%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 64%
Safety Assist: 60%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.