Ford Fiesta ST hatchback
Price £15,645 - £22,745
- Fantastic fun to drive
- Brilliant value for money
- Handsome, subtle styling
- Only available with three doors
- Suspect interior quality
- Ride is somewhat firm
At a glance
“The Ford Fiesta ST is one of the all-time great hot hatchbacks. It combines fun, practicality and everyday usability with good performance and exceptional value.”
Frankly, if you’re after a small hot hatchback, then you can’t really do much better than the Ford Fiesta ST. It's everything a good hot hatch should be: fantastic fun to drive, fast, excellent value for money, practical, reasonably inexpensive to run and good looking.
It's also cheaper and better to drive than its rivals, like the Vauxhall Astra VXR, Renault Clio Renaultsport, Volkswagen Polo GTI and SEAT Ibiza Cupra. Okay, so it's not quite as fast as some of these, but the margin is pretty small.
Thanks to its 180bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the ST will do the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 139mph. If you need more power, though, you can either go for the 197bhp, limited-run ST200 version, or go for the Mountune tuning package – a manufacturer-approved aftermarket kit that gives an impressive 215bhp. The ST200 will do 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds - not a massive improvment over the standard model.
You’ll struggle to find anything quite as much fun to drive as the Fiesta ST for this sort of money, but that does come at the expense of some ride comfort. The car's firm suspension, combined with the larger alloy wheels and lower-profile tyres means you feel all the bumps and ruts on the road.
The ST isn’t uncomfortable, but it's less comfortable than a standard Fiesta. But if you’re in the market for this sort of car, you’re likely to prioritise driving fun over comfort anyway.
Although the ST isn’t any less practical than the standard hatchback, the lack of a five-door option does mean it loses out in comparison to rivals like the Renaultsport Clio, Volkswagen Polo GTI and MINI Cooper S. Plus, the Fiesta doesn’t have the biggest boot in the supermini class anyway.
Of the three versions available – ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 – the mid-range ST-2 is our favourite. For a little more money than the entry-level ST-1, you get part-leather Recaro sports seats and LED daytime running lights, as well as the ST-1's DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather steering wheel and leather gearknob.
Drive gently and the Ford Fiesta ST can manage as much as 48mpg
Without a doubt, the Ford Fiesta ST is one of the most entertaining small hot hatchbacks on sale
The Ford Fiesta ST's firm suspension doesn't compromise comfort too much
The Ford Fiesta ST is just as practical as the three-door superminis on which it is based
The Ford Fiesta ST is based on UK’s best-selling car, so should be no less reliable than the standard Fiesta