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Ford Fiesta ST hatchback (2013-2017) - Practicality & boot space

The Ford Fiesta ST is just as practical as the three-door superminis on which it is based

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The Ford Fiesta ST loses none of the standard car’s practical appeal and offers enough interior space for a small family. Unlike models such as the Renault Clio RS, buyers could get a space-saving spare wheel rather than frustratingly unreliable puncture repair foam.

Ford Fiesta ST interior space & storage

Converting the standard Ford Fiesta into the Fiesta ST had no real impact on the car’s practicality and it offers the same amount of space as the standard model.

Those ST occupants sitting in the front unquestionably getter a better deal than rear-seat passengers – while the front seats are fully adjustable and there’s plenty of head and legroom, a sloping roofline means taller rear-seat passengers may struggle, while a lack of legroom could lead to claustrophobia among adult guests. Children will be happy, though, and there are ISOFIX child-seat fixings for both outer seats.

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Three-door models add clambering in through a narrow gap to the list of challenges faced by rear-seat passengers – the five-door model is far easier to live with, particularly if you have child seats to fit and remove at the beginning and end of each journey.

Occupants in the front are better served by storage spaces, too. You’ll find door pockets big enough to carry one-litre bottles, a good-size glovebox and other smaller places for phones, coins and the like. There’s also a deep storage box between the seats, which doubles as an armrest.

Boot space

With a spare wheel fitted, the Fiesta ST’s boot is slightly smaller than the 285 litres offered by the Peugeot 208 and the 300 litres offered by the Renault Clio.

Open the boot and there’s a large opening to get clumsy items in, but also an annoying step to lift luggage over. Dropping the rear seats of the Fiesta gets space up to 960 litres, but that still falls behind the total for the Peugeot (1,152 litres) and the Renault (1,146 litres) when their seats are lowered.

As with all Fiestas, you’ll find a tyre foam inflation kit in place of a spare wheel, but Ford offers a skinny, space saving spare wheel as an option – which we strongly recommend.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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