In-depth reviews

Ford Fiesta ST review – Design

Three- and five-door options, with just enough aggression to mark it out as a performance model. Looks better at the front than the back, but the fancy alloy wheels leave you in no doubt as to which model you've bought

Evo rating
Price
from £19,495
  • Agile and engaging chassis, punchy engine, improved cabin
  • Ride remains very firm

The overall shape of the new Fiesta isn't significantly different to its predecessor, but Ford has spruced up some of the details and STs do get a set of distinctive alloy wheels to demarcate them from lesser Fiestas. Some distinctive colours help enliven the shape too, but otherwise this is your standard three- or five-door hatchback fare.

One advantage the new ST has over its predecessor is its proportions, looking a little wider and lower where the old car looked tall and narrow, at times. If we've got a reservation, it's that the back end of the latest Fiesta (not just the ST) looks a bit MPV-like – the old car had more character. There's that improved interior though, which looks better than before as well as being better constructed, while Ford continues to throw some of its better toys at cars this far down the range, including a heated windscreen.

Ford has recently introduced a Performance Edition of the Fiesta ST, and for us it’s a visual improvement if not for its Deep Orange paintwork, then for the flow-formed 18-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels, which have more of a motorsport vibe than the over-designed standard items – and they save 7kg in total weight, too.

Most Popular

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae
Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now

The final Aventador Ultimae and next year’s Countach are now spoken for, calling the end of fresh orders for Lambo’s V12 models
21 Oct 2021
2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week
Range Rover teaser
Land Rover Range Rover

2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week

A new era for the Range Rover is about to be revealed, with new engines, tech and styling
20 Oct 2021
Car pictures of the week
evo car pictures of the week Oct 22nd 2021
Corvette Z06

Car pictures of the week

We revisit our test between the C7-generation Corvette Z06 and 991.1 911 GT3 from issue 206 in this week’s car pictures
22 Oct 2021