Ford Fiesta ST hatchback
Price £17,395 - £19,395
- Great to drive
- Good value
- As practical as the standard car
- Only available as three door
- Limited styling changes
- No automatic option
At a glance
"The brilliant Ford Fiesta ST is great fun to drive and exceptionally good value."
The Ford Fiesta ST is the sportiest version of the Ford Fiesta and our Hot Hatchback of the Year 2014.
The brilliance of the Fiesta ST is that it feels more like a traditional hot hatch than many of its contemporaries. It's more fun than a Peugeot 208 GTI and unlike the Renault Clio Renaultsport, it provides a straightforward six-speed manual gearbox.
In building the ST, Ford had a great starting point in the standard Ford Fiesta, which is already huge fun to drive. Power in the ST comes from a 180bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which can power the hot hatchback from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph.
And if that's not quick enough, Ford offers a Mountune tuning pack, which boosts power to 215bhp.
While the Fiesta ST offers one of the most entertaining and sporty driving experiences of any car priced under £30,000, there is a price to pay. The suspension is very firm, meaning you’ll feel most bumps in the road, which can get tiring on a long journey.
Lowered and stiffened suspension and large alloy wheels with big tyres mean the ST has plenty of grip in corners, while a subtle body kit, ST badges, roof spoiler and unique colours make the ST look sportier than the standard car.
That's something that's reflected in the bodystyle. While the Ford Focus ST is available as a five-door hatch and a practical estate, the Fiesta ST is a three-door hatchback only. If you need an extra pair of doors, then check out the Renault Clio Renaultsport or a Mini 5-door hatchback in Cooper S trim.
Buyers can choose from three trim levels – ST, ST2 and ST3, and all cars are reasonably well equipped. Standard equipment on the basic model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a body kit, spoiler, sporty Recaro front seats, a DAB digital radio, plus leather trim for the gearstick and steering wheel.
Although the standard Fiesta ST is well equipped, we’d recommend spending an extra £1,000 and stepping up to the ST-2 model, which adds part leather Recaro sports seats and attractive LED daytime running lights.
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