Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST image

The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it has recently received a facelift which is adding the most significant change, that “not Aston Martin-like” front grille, besides others.

Engine and Transmission

Over the last three years, Ford has managed to win the International Engine of the Year award and if you were expecting that all of its vehicles are now equipped with that unit, think again, because the Fiesta is still a B-segment hot hatch which needs more power and torque than what a small unit is offering, so the 1.6 liter EcoBoost seems to be more than enough. This is capable of producing a total output of 182 HP (134 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque, sent to the front-wheel drive through a six-speed manual transmission.

For a supermini, this seems like just enough and despite not having the same power outputs of some of the popular vehicles in the segment, it is still good to provide you with your daily dose of adrenalin, that is if you don’t disengage the traction control unless you are on a race track, with warm tires and enough room to go around that corner fast.

Just like with almost every other hot hatch out there, there is a trick with the Ford Fiesta ST too, because if you know what torque steer is, you will sense it quite easily every time you will want to be more aggressive to the throttle from a standstill. The trick is that the front wheels cannot cope with the torque and the steering too, despite the differential added, but if you are a true hot hatch fan, you will easily get passed this.

Fuel Consumption

Ford says that the Fiesta ST is burning an official 7.9 liters of fuel in the city and 4.8 liters of fuel on the highway, but as we all know, things turn out to be different in the real world. In fact, I was expecting a fuel consumption of close to 20L / 100km in the city, in a sportier manner of driving, but I was surprised that after a few days of “tacking” the city, the trip computer was stabilized at 11.5L / 100km. On the highway, it will be close to impossible to hit the official 4.8L / 100km, unless you probably travel in sixth gear at 70-80 km/h. In fact, the model will burn about 6.5L / 100km of fuel at 100 km/h and once you get passed the 150 km/h mark, this will indicate almost 9L / 100km.

The Ride

The ride in the Ford Fiesta ST is quite firm, as expected, because it has to take you around corners fast and safe and it hasn’t even dropped the low profile tires, which are assuring it with enough grip but cannot overtake some of the shocks from the suspension system. And this is not bad because you also want your small car to look good, and it is quite appealing with those “shoes” on. The steering is surprisingly great if you learn to live with that torque steer appearing at start and if the old Skoda Fabia RS, tested here, was better in a straight line than in the corners, the Fiesta ST will be the other way around.

Interior Design

Stepping inside the Ford Fiesta ST will feel immediately like home because there are enough buttons, levers and controls to remind you that this is just another Ford vehicle. But not just every other Ford vehicle because it’s an ST. And you will feel this when seeing those comfortable sports seats, those illuminated side sills, the ST badges and several other tweaks. The interior of the supermini is surprisingly good as the engineers have managed to combine the practicality of the standard Fiesta with the needs of a hot hatch, without making too many changes.

All the controls are where you expect them to be, you get an adjustable steering wheel, air conditioner, heated seats, a good sound system, enough room in the back for two people despite being a three-door vehicle, a good and solid manual transmission, enough power provided by the engine and some colors which will remind you of your childhood, in the good way.

Likes / Dislikes

The exterior design and the interior looks of the Ford Fiesta ST, especially in the tested car, were in the “ups” category. I also liked the power provided by the engine, the solid six-speed manual transmission system, the comfortable sports seats, the precise steering and even the suspension system, considering the fact that this is a hot hatch. What seemed to be most annoying in my opinion was the torque steer and this has to be solved in one way or another in the next generation of the model. I also had a question mark on whether the Ford Fiesta ST has some fake engine noise and after speaking with the company’s representative, who kept denying it, I am now almost sure that the small hot hatch is trying to trick my ears.

Tested car – 20,650 EUR
Tested Vehicle
Ford Fiesta ST
Engine: 1.6L petrol, turbo (1,596 cc)
Power: 182 HP (134 kW) at 5,700 rpm
Torque: 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) at 1,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Dimensions: length 3,975 mm, width 1,709 mm, height 1,456 mm
Weight: 1,163kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 42L
Trunk Capacity: 276L
0-100km/h: 6.9s
Top Speed: 220 km/h

4.6 / 5

Photos by Gabi Gogiu