The Ford Fiesta ST launched in 2013 is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine, carrying 180bhp through the advanced wheels, although 197bhp is attainable on ‘overboost’. It was the aboriginal Fiesta to accretion torque-vectoring technology, while Ford lowered the abeyance by 15mm and adapted rear disc brakes – accession aboriginal in Fiesta.
Throw in a brace of figure-hugging Recaro sports seats and a sports bankrupt and the after-effects are little abbreviate of sensational. On a British B-road, the Fiesta ST is able to accumulate up with abounding an illustrious achievement or sports car, alike with ‘just’ 180bhp on tap. The abeyant for giant-killing in the Fiesta ST is huge.
In 2016, Ford alien a affirmed approaching archetypal in the anatomy of the bound copy Fiesta ST200. Bound to 400 units, unless there’s a address for more, the ST200 commands a £3,000 aberrant over the ST-3, but delivers alike added power, a host of automated upgrades and bespoke paint.
Power is added to 197bhp, or as abundant as 212bhp on ‘overboost’, while Ford has additionally tweaked the gearbox, steering, damping anti-roll confined and the ESP system. It looks acceptable value, until you ascertain what Mountune can do for beneath money.
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Chuck the aftermarket tuners some banknote and they’ll bear as abundant as 227bhp and it will accept no appulse on the manufacturer’s warranty. It’s all acknowledgment to a accord amid Mountune Achievement and Ford which dates aback to 2008.
Ford’s history of carrying hot Fiestas goes aback alike further, to the 1.3-litre Supersport and 1.6-litre XR2 of the aboriginal 80s, through to the XR2i, RS Turbo and aboriginal ST of 2004. There’s little agnosticism that the accepted ST is the best of the breed.
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As the accepted Fiesta prepares to accomplish way for the new model, the Fiesta ST ambit has been trimmed, with the ST-1 boarded to the history books. The ambit bliss off with the ST-2, which appearance acrimonious part-leather Recaro advanced seats, DAB radio, rear aloofness bottle and a alpha button.
The ST-3 adds accessory navigation, keyless entry, cruise control, automated headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and power-folding aperture mirrors. The ST-2 and ST-3 models accept consistently been the best popular, which agency ST-1 examples are attenuate on the acclimated car market.
The bound copy ST200 is the flagship of the range, featuring Storm Grey paint, a abounding bodykit, different 17-inch admixture wheels, bargain suspension, beneath accessory ratios and a host of upgrades. In 30 years time, the ST200 will be the archetypal alluring the crazy bids at a archetypal car auction.
Rather flippantly, we’d say that the Ford Fiesta ST has no absolute rivals, but in agreement of admeasurement it goes up adjoin the Renaultsport Clio, Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Peugeot 208 GTi. The actuality that it undercuts the brace in agreement of bulk is the icing on the cake. Added competitors accommodate the MINI Cooper S and Audi S1.
The Ford Fiesta ST is, absolutely simply, the best baby hot bear you can buy. In fact, it’s arguably one of the greatest hot hatches of all-time, to be ranked alongside the cast of the Peugeot 205 GTi, Renault Clio Williams and Mk1 Golf GTI.
It has been the criterion supermini hot auto aback its barrage in 2013, alms ablaze handling, baking achievement and aberrant bulk for money. We’ve run out of superlatives and its rivals accept accustomed up aggravating to exhausted it, which is absorbing being for a car that’s due to be replaced. The abutting Fiesta ST has a boxy act to follow.
The Fiesta ST is a befuddled aerialist beeline out of the box, while the Mountune advantage is alike zestier
From the moment you lower yourself into the Ford’s figure-hugging Recaro seats, anchor its beefy three-spoke council caster and abode your anxiety on its altogether spaced pedals, you apperceive this is a car that puts the disciplinarian at the centre of the action.
At the affection of the ST’s address is its abstract chassis. Retuned abeyance dampers and faster council beggarly its banned are aloft badly over the accepted car’s, but admitting its hardcore approach, the Ford consistently feels accessible. Turn-in is sharp, and the ST locks on to a cornering line, but it’s so counterbalanced that quick administration changes are abundantly stable, aided by a accurate torque vectoring arrangement that cautiously brakes alone advanced auto to annihilate understeer.
On the track, this agency the Fiesta can backpack added acceleration through corners, and this translates on to the road, area the attention and anchor accord you the aplomb to drive harder. It additionally allowances from able-bodied abounding controls which accommodate aloof the appropriate bulk of feedback.
It has a great-sounding engine, with a adorable abrade that makes you appetite to rev it harder. This is commutual with a ablaze six-speed chiral gearbox, which appearance a precise, short-throw about-face action.
Settle bottomward to a gentler pace, though, and the Ford takes on a added chastened role. The abeyance is firm, but the smooth, controlled damping agency long-distance journeys are added adequate than in the arrant Vauxhall Corsa VXR, although the car’s humble tyres do aftermath some advancing alley barrage at college speeds.
The Fiesta ST is powered by a 180bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, or at atomic that’s what the advertisement says.
In fact, already you’re out of aboriginal and additional apparatus the agent makes 197bhp beneath abounding throttle, acknowledgment to an ECU that allows the turbo to circuit faster for bound periods of ‘overboost’. This is attainable for 15 abnormal a hit – absolutely a continued time on the boilerplate British B-road. You’ve alone got to lift for a moment to restart the timer, too, so in real-world active the abounding 197bhp is attainable appealing abundant whenever you appetite it.
The Fiesta has a top acceleration of 139mph and the 0-62mph dart time is alone 6.9 abnormal as a result.
If you appetite alike added power, Ford’s accepted tuner, Mountune, offers an advancement to 212bhp. It consists of a adapted airbox and filter, additional changes to the agent administration computer. Nothing abroad is afflicted and the Ford assurance is unaffected. While the advancement will amount you £799, in our eyes it’s money able-bodied spent. The 0-62mph time is cut by bisected a additional to 6.4 abnormal and there’s added torque in the mid-range to added beef up response.
Ford additionally offers its own centralized advancement in the anatomy of the bound run ST200. Designed to bless the success of the accepted car, the ST200 gets 197bhp and 290Nm of torque, while an overboost action increases these abstracts to 212bhp and 320Nm for 20 additional bursts. As a aftereffect the 0-62mph time is bargain to 6.7 abnormal and the top acceleration rises to 142mph. It’s a bound run model, however, and commands a abundant aberrant over the already sweet-handling accepted car.
If affordable achievement is what you seek, a fast Ford is consistently a acceptable bet
Like any achievement car, the harder you drive, the greater your motoring costs will be. Ford claims 47.9mpg for the Fiesta ST three-door and 46.3mpg for the five-door, but this will anon collapse already you hit your favourite aback road, or booty the car on track. That said, the Fiesta’s burning abstracts are blast in the average of chic rivals.
The exhibit sticker prices are about added enticing, though. In three-door form, the ST-2 costs £19,215, and while the range-topping ST-3 trim carries a £1,000 aberrant over the ST-2, the Fiesta still charcoal bigger bulk than the Renaultsport Clio and Peugeot 208 GTi. Five-door models alpha at £19,800 for the ST-2 – that’s a £585 aberrant over the three-door – while the range-topping ST-3 five-door costs £20,800.
The ST200 is a limited-run model: aloof 400 were initially appropriate for the UK but aerial address added the cardinal attainable to as aerial as 1,000. The ST200 weighs in at a ample £23,215, which is £3,000 added than the ST-3 three-door (the ST200 is alone offered with three doors). You could altercate you get added achievement for the money, but Mountune’s branch accustomed affability kit costs aloof £799 additional applicable and delivers agnate clip for the accomplished ST. Fit a Mountune Racing advancement at a Ford dealership and you’ll advance Ford’s architect warranty.
In all cases, Ford is alms promotional prices beyond the Fiesta ST range, with discounts of £1,000 available. As we bend afterpiece to the barrage of the new model, you should be able to argue for more. Be warned: there’ll be bound banal attainable as branch orders accept closed.
Once the Fiesta ST is anchored in your driveway, it charcoal affordable fun as best consumables are the aforementioned bulk as on the accepted supermini. But bethink to account for added abrasion on pads, discs and tyres if you plan to do clue canicule – and accustomed how absorbing the Fiesta is to drive, it’d be a abashment not to.
Considering its absorbing achievement potential, the Ford’s CO2 emissions are decidedly low, which makes it a amount able best for aggregation car users. The three-door archetypal emits 138g/km, which results in a aboriginal year amount of £200 and £140 for anniversary year thereafter, puts the Fiesta ST in VED bandage E, so a year’s alley tax will amount £130 – the aforementioned as owners of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, Peugeot 208 GTi or MINI Cooper S will pay. It’s the aforementioned bulk for the five-door version, which emits 141g/km CO2. However, opt for a five-door and emissions acceleration to 141g/km, which puts it in bandage F, costing £145 a year.
You don’t apprehend to buy a hot bear and not booty an allowance hit, but things accept absolutely bigger over the years. In the backward nineties, awning providers got fed-up with accepting to pay out on baseborn GTis, and about dead the hot bear by appraisement drivers off the road. Nowadays, decidedly bigger assurance and aegis accept fabricated hot hatches from all makes abundant beneath of an allowance liability. So if you’ve got a reasonable active record, the Fiesta ST’s Accumulation 30 appraisement isn’t too outrageous. Alike the limited-run ST200 fits into the aforementioned bracket. For the account of comparison, the 180bhp SEAT Ibiza Cupra sits in allowance Accumulation 27.
You can account on a new Fiesta ST application 45 per cent of its aboriginal acquirement bulk if you advertise afterwards three years and 36,000 miles. Our experts say that makes it a hardly bigger advance than a SEAT Ibiza Cupra, for example, and a bit worse than a MINI Cooper S – but again the MINI has added of a aberrant cast feel and is added big-ticket to buy aback new.
Smart administration reflects the Fiesta ST’s performance, and there’s affluence of tech to comedy with, too
The accepted Fiesta is one of the best beautiful superminis, so Ford hasn’t had to assignment too adamantine to transform it into a able-bodied abridged rocket.
The architecture changes absolutely angle out, though. At the front, there’s a beyond cobweb grille with a added advanced bumper, while the accepted car’s sleek, swept-back headlamps accord the ST an advancing look. LED daytime active lights add a final flourish. On models with the Mountune upgrade, a attenuate chicken Mountune cast at the rear hints at the car’s added achievement potential.
Buyers absent to accomplish an alike bigger consequence can add the £275 ST Style pack, which includes a dark-grey accomplishment for the 17-inch alloys. While the accepted argent rims ample the billowing wheelarches altogether well, the darker auto access the Fiesta’s beheld attendance and accord it a added advancing stance. Red anchor calipers (also allotment of the ST Style pack, forth with aflame ST axle plates), a ample cossack spoiler, a added rear bonanza and accompanying bankrupt tailpipes complete the animated makeover.
Inside, the ST’s changes are beneath obvious, with metal pedals, ablaze red flashings for the part-leather Recaro seats and revised dials the alone highlights. The bespoke instruments are abundant easier to apprehend than in the accustomed car, which is welcome.
ST200 models are articular by their different SVO Storm Grey paint, two-tone 17-inch alloys and bespoke badging. You additionally get part covering seats, argent accents for the seatbelts and an ST200 cast set into the centre animate advanced of the gearlever. The £3,000 aberrant over the ST-3 seems a lot to ask, but such is the bulk of exclusivity in this day and age.
Our money would go on an ST-2 version, but top-spec ST-3 models are able-bodied able – abacus cruise control, acrimonious seats, keyless go and sat-nav all as standard. However, the autogenous is let bottomward by its careful blueprint and the baby infotainment awning that’s set too far aback in the dash. And while the berth is robustly built, it’s not as upmarket as those in rivals like the MINI Cooper S and VW Polo GTI.
The infotainment arrangement gives abroad the age of the Fiesta. Admitting the facelift, the accoutrement is let bottomward by a 4.2-inch awning that’s too baby and recessed too acutely for adequate use, additional airheaded that could be added glossy to navigate. Still, accustomed the Fiesta ST’s focus on absorbing the driver, this conceivably isn’t as abundant of a setback as it ability be in the blow of the Fiesta range. Appearance attainable on the car accommodate MyKey, which allows owners to set acceleration and audio aggregate banned and ensure assurance appearance are not disabled aback loaning the agent to added drivers. There’s additionally Ford’s voice-activated connectivity system, alleged SYNC.
A Fiesta is not congenital for load-lugging, but as superminis go it’s still appealing versatile, abnormally in five-door form
Although it’s a achievement model, beneath the bark the ST is aloof a three-door Fiesta. This agency that it still retains a advantageous boot, and rear bench amplitude isn’t compromised too abundant added by the beefy Recaro advanced seats. Alike so, the accepted Fiesta is by no agency the aces of the crop if you’re attractive for best autogenous space.
As with the accepted models, there’s affluence of advantageous accumulator for allowance and ends, including a ample glovebox, abysmal aperture bins and abundant cup-holders.
Engine babble is able-bodied suppressed at 70mph, too, authoritative the ST a adequate car to drive best distances. However, the accession of a beyond agent and six-speed gearbox has added the Ford’s axis circle, so it can be adamantine assignment in awash car parks.
As you’d expect, the Ford Fiesta is all about hitting the chic averages aback it comes to ambit – at 3,969mm long, it’s a bald 1mm beneath than the VW Polo GTI, and 7mm best than the Peugeot 208 GTi. The Ford is about 30mm college than both, and the bigger about-face is width, area the 1,722mm-wide Ford compares to the 1,682mm VW and 2,004mm Peugeot.
It’s a agnate adventure inside, area the trio’s commuter compartments are all aural a few millimetres of anniversary added for bend and leg room.
The beefy attributes of the sports advanced seats makes activity hardly difficult aback aggressive in and out, decidedly for rear cartage in the three-door model. If you charge to fit adolescent seats, there are accepted Isofix mounts in the back, but we’d acclaim the five-door ST for families – the beefy Recaro seats absolutely get in the way aback applicable adolescent seats in the three-door version.
Head and legroom is additionally bound for adults sitting in the rear, as it is in the accepted Fiesta, but it’s accomplished for children.
Still, things attending bigger up front. The seats are set nice and low and are actual comfortable, alike if the close ride takes the bend off abundance slightly.
That said, the active position is agreeably adjustable, with a bench that goes up and down, as able-bodied as a council cavalcade that tilts and slides.
The Fiesta ST has a applied 290-litre cossack space, and while the 60:40-split rear seats don’t lie absolutely flat, aback they’re bankrupt this accommodation increases to 974 litres. Opt for a space-saver additional caster – which we’d acclaim over the pressurised can of break band that Ford food as accepted – and cossack amplitude with the seats up is cut to 276 litres.
For the account of comparison, the cossack amplitude with the seats in place/folded bottomward is 280/952 litres for the VW Polo GTI and 285/743 litres for the Peugeot 208 GTi.
Reasonable after-effects in our Disciplinarian Ability achievement analysis and an accomplished assurance appraisement should put your apperception at ease
The Fiesta is the UK’s acknowledged car and has been in assembly for about eight years, so niggles should be few and far between. That said, it’s assuming its age and this was reflected in its assuming in this year’s Disciplinarian Power owner satisfaction survey, in which the accepted Ford accomplished in the additional bisected of our table.
Less absorbing is the brand’s banker network, which placed a average 27th out of 32 in our 2016 poll. On the additional side, if your Fiesta does go amiss in any way, you won’t accept to biking far to get it anchored as Ford has 781 garages beyond the country.
Standard assurance accessories is generous, and includes seven airbags and Ford’s able MyKey set-up, which allows parents of adolescent drivers to absolute the car’s top acceleration and radio volume, additional accomplish abiding that any cyberbanking assurance systems cannot be overridden.
The brakes are added able than on added models in the Fiesta line-up, too, although clashing some added versions, the ST isn’t attainable with the advantage of free emergency braking.
Still, the assurance amalgamation is absolute enough, and the blast achievement abundantly strong, for Euro NCAP to accept awarded the Fiesta a best appraisement afterwards testing.
If a Ford Fiesta ST with the Mountune tweaks is your thing, but the abstraction of aftermarket upgrades makes you nervous, you needn’t worry, as abounding of the bales are covered beneath Ford’s architect warranty. Acknowledgment to its long-running accord with Mountune, Ford clearly approves the modifications, which is a able adumbration that believability shouldn’t be affected. You can get the upgrades adapted to your ST at one of 150 accustomed dealers, and in the aboriginal bristles months over 500 owners bought the Mountune pack.
The accepted Ford assurance appellation applies, and it’s the old industry accepted of three years/60,000 miles. You can do bigger abroad – for example, four years’ awning is offered on the Renaultsport Clio. The Ford alone comes with 12 months’ breakdown cover, and there’s a one-year acrylic assurance and 12-year ‘perforation’ assurance should your Fiesta blight appropriate through.
Unlike abounding of its competitors, the Fiesta isn’t attainable with a fixed-price application package. However, as Ford is a boilerplate brand, you shouldn’t apprehend abundant accuse for banker aliment – an acting check-up will set you aback about £125, while a capital account will be afterpiece to £200.