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Ford Fiesta ST review - the unbeatable junior hot hatch?
The Ford Fiesta ST isn’t only the best car in its class, it also ranks among the very best small hot hatches of all time. It combines a sparkling chassis with a lively, brawny turbocharged engine and a slick manual gearshift. The cabin might be a little too fussy in its details for some, but the aggressive exterior styling hits all the right notes for a small hot hatch.
Starting at £17,545 the Fiesta ST undercuts its rivals on price. You’ll have to fork out £19,545 for the range-topping ST3 model to get climate control, cruise control and satellite navigation as standard, but in any guise the Fiesta ST represents good value for money.
For those who want a little more straight line performance from their hot hatch, Ford tuner Mountune offers an engine upgrade that lifts peak power to 212bhp. Crucially, the upgrade is approved by Ford so it won’t affect the manufacturer warranty. It’s the perfect way to breathe new life onto your Fiesta ST.
‘The outstanding thing about the Ford Fiesta ST is that it’s as much fun to drive on a great stretch of road as many cars that are several times more expensive. It’s also comfortable and civilized in every day use, which makes it a very easy car to recommend.
'One thing that gave the engine more oomph was the Mountune upgrade (£659), which lifted power from 179 to 212bhp and was fitted at around the same time as the ST’s only service (£169). The results were subtle, but effective – I think it’s something to have done after you’ve run the car in standard trim for a while, just so you appreciate the improvement.' - Henry Catchpole, Features editor.
Performance and 0-60 time > The Fiesta ST clocks a 6.9 second 0-62mph time and tops out at 139mph. Not the quickest in its class but it has the pace to keep up with its rivals.
Engine and gearbox > The engine is a real strong point for the ST. It has character, revving all the way to the redline with real strength.
Ride and Handling > This is where the Fiesta ST shines. Its chassis is well balanced and hugely engaging, making the car one of the most enjoyable on sale at this price.
MPG and running costs > Ford claims 47.9mpg, and even real-world figures are decent - evo's long-term ST has averaged over 38mpg. The ST's engine is however among the more fuel efficient in this category.
Prices, specs and rivals > Starting at £17,545, the Fiesta ST undercuts all of its rivals by a significant margin. The Renaultsport Clio 200 and the Peugeot 208 GTI both are more expensive.
Interior and tech > The Mk7 Fiesta is now six years old and the cabin is beginning to show its age, with a fussy design and a poor navigation system. Basic tech needs are covered off nicely however.
Design > Fiesta's styling subtly enlivened with ST-specific body kit and wheels. The 2011 facelift added a larger front grille and a slightly different set of headlights.