Ford Fiesta ST review – interior and tech

A big improvement over the old car. Grippy Recaro seats are welcome, improved dash and infotainment set-up even more so

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  • Agile and engaging chassis; punchy engine
  • Ride remains very firm when on standard springs and dampers

The Fiesta’s cabin won’t be remembered as a design classic, and isn’t as ruthlessly ordered as that of a Polo or as imaginative as a Mini’s – it does the job and no more – but it’s such a huge improvement on its predecessor that owners will have very little to complain about.

The ST still gets great seats, too, though those of larger frame may find themselves a little pinched – the Recaros feel like they’ve been developed for a racing driver’s physique. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and wheel, though, and you sit a little lower, for a cosier feel than before.

The steering wheel is perhaps both a little too large in diameter and a little too thick in profile – the trend for fat wheel rims shows no sign of diminishing – but overall this is a good driving position, with decently placed pedals and a snappy gearlever a relatively short movement away from the wheel. One fault is visibility – the steeply raked A-pillars and rising window line conspire to block your view both ahead and over your shoulder.

On the infotainment side, all models include an 8-inch screen with Ford’s Sync system. A B&O Play audio system is standard on the ST-3 and Edition models which also get a 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster which conveys more information than the simpler clusters in the ST-2. Various safety systems are also included, while on the performance front you get technologies such as launch control, flat-shift gear changes, and three driver modes – Normal, Sport and Track – with varying levels of steering weight, throttle response, exhaust noise and stability control intervention.

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