Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - August

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  • Fiesta was great during Le Mans trip

    Fiesta was great during Le Mans trip

  • Fiesta tyre was repaired for only £17

    Fiesta tyre was repaired for only £17

  • Fiesta ST is reasonably practical, but our road test editor wishes we'd added the height-adjustable boot floor

    Fiesta ST is reasonably practical, but our road test editor wishes we'd added the height-adjustable boot floor

  • Fiesta Mykey is great safety tech

    Fiesta Mykey is great safety tech

  • Experience at Ford dealer was a good one

    Experience at Ford dealer was a good one

  • Even the courtesy car (on right) was brand new

    Even the courtesy car (on right) was brand new

  • Ed would happily live with manual controls to keep the Fiesta ST's price as low as possible

    Ed would happily live with manual controls to keep the Fiesta ST's price as low as possible

  • The exuberant little Ford manages to make even the shortest journeys feel special

    The exuberant little Ford manages to make even the shortest journeys feel special

  • Someone has used a wheel to gauge where the pavement is, not their mirrors

    Someone has used a wheel to gauge where the pavement is, not their mirrors

  • Looks like someone has tried to get into the Fiesta without using the key

    Looks like someone has tried to get into the Fiesta without using the key

  • Fiesta is a hoot on twisty roads

    Fiesta is a hoot on twisty roads

  • Fiesta was great on a weekend trip to Suffolk

    Fiesta was great on a weekend trip to Suffolk

  • Boot took weekend's luggage for Euan and a mate

    Boot took weekend's luggage for Euan and a mate

  • Fiesta's economy is looking pretty good

    Fiesta's economy is looking pretty good

  • Sony infotainment system is stuffed full of unintuitive, tiny buttons that are tricky to use on the move

    Sony infotainment system is stuffed full of unintuitive, tiny buttons that are tricky to use on the move

  • Fiesta even coped with a new vacuum cleaner. Just

    Fiesta even coped with a new vacuum cleaner. Just

  • Sports seats are supportive, but some drivers have suffered back ache

    Sports seats are supportive, but some drivers have suffered back ache

  • Our ST2 comes with plenty of standard kit, including air-con and an upgraded stereo

    Our ST2 comes with plenty of standard kit, including air-con and an upgraded stereo

  • Fiesta frosted up? No problem...

    Fiesta frosted up? No problem...

  • ...just wait a minute and it'll clear itself

    ...just wait a minute and it'll clear itself

  • Fiesta clutch has developed a click

    Fiesta clutch has developed a click

  • Even in a straight line, the Fiesta is fun. It sounds great, too

    Even in a straight line, the Fiesta is fun. It sounds great, too

  • Our Fiesta ST is ace, even if the low-speed ride is pretty hard

    Our Fiesta ST is ace, even if the low-speed ride is pretty hard

  • Fiesta's boot isn't huge, but it's big enough for most things

    Fiesta's boot isn't huge, but it's big enough for most things

  • Standard Recaro seats hold you very securely. Stay off the pies though

    Standard Recaro seats hold you very securely. Stay off the pies though

  • Six-speed gearbox is light and accurate. A joy to use

    Six-speed gearbox is light and accurate. A joy to use

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Ford Fiesta ST-2

Week ending: August 19
Mileage: 14,595
Miles driven this week: 250


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I've previously mentioned the quick steering rack on the ST. It makes motorways a little tiresome but is superb on B-road blasts. This might be indicative of the set-up being just a touch too sporty. I think I've found another two pieces of evidence to support that hypothesis.

The ride is quite unsettled at low speed. The dampers are designed to swallow up undulations and imperfections at high speed, but everything just feels bouncy and unsettled when moving slower.

Also, for the enthusiasts, the strong initial bite on the brake pedal makes it tricky to heel-toe brake with much subtlety. A trip to your local track would likely make more sense, where a much firmer foot on the middle pedal would make blipping the throttle more comfortable and manageable. Who knows, maybe a couple more months of gradual brake pad wear would sort this out?

Sadly, I won't get to find out as the Fiesta's due to go back soon. Shame!

By Tom Langan



Week ending: August 12
Mileage: 14,345
Miles driven this week: 633



As they say, accidents happen.

Last week was proof of that as the Fiesta ST came up against a Toyota RAV4 with no spacial awareness on a tight country lane. As the Toyota failed to slow, I was left with two options; risk a coming together of front wings or duck out of the way in the direction of an aggressive looking kerb-stone. I chose the latter.

Thankfully the ST has proved to be pretty resilient, only scuffing the nearside front wheel with no damage done to the tracking or suspension. So the alloy repair man has called, and shortly all will be well again with our tough little hot hatch.

By Tom Langan



Week ending: August 5

Mileage: 13,712
Miles driven this week: 92

Every time I drive our Fiesta ST I want to buy one. In fact, if we didn’t have one on our long-term test fleet, I probably would have done so by now. Our car won’t be around for much longer, though, so I decided to have a look at some of the deals available. Best I could find was a staggering £3216 discount at Drivethedeal.com, which brings the price down to £14,975. If you’re happy to stick with the slightly more basic ST (rather than the ST-2) you’ll pay £14,135. That’s one of the best hot hatches ever made for barely more than the brochure price of a 1.0 Zetec model.

What’s the catch? Well, these prices do include a £850 deposit contribution from Ford, and to get that you’ll obviously need to take out finance. Still, you only need to borrow £2500 from Ford to qualify for the discount, so you won’t necessarily have to cough up lots of cash in interest charges.

By Will Nightingale
Will.Nightingale@whatcar.com

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