Ford Fiesta ST review – design

Three- and five-door options, with just enough aggression to mark it out as a performance model

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from £19,495
  • Agile and engaging chassis; punchy engine
  • Ride remains very firm when on standard springs and dampers

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, making the car look 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, and in this regard 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’s Edition model swaps out the diamond-cut rims for a new set with a simpler eight-spoke design in gloss black. There’s also a black roof, door mirrors and inserts around the lower bumpers.

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