Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - February

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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

Read the full Ford Fiesta review

Week ending February 28
Mileage 6868
Miles this week 320

A weekend jaunt to Suffolk with my best mate gave me a chance to give the Fiesta a bit of stick on roads that it’s more naturally suited to. Oh my word it felt pretty special on the B-roads around the coastal town of Southwold; it changed direction more quickly than a freshly struck tennis ball, its grip far outstripped my bravery, and at speed the suspension easily dealt with roads that felt like they’d been laid with a ‘that’ll do’ mentality.

The Fiesta was undeniably less at home on the M25 and traffic-clogged A12 on the way to and from the coastal sojourn, where it was a bit too firm and a bit noisy when we were tired and simply wanted the miles to be done.

Nonetheless, it easily took weekend luggage for two, including food, bags, walking boots and crash helmets (there’s always time for a cheeky karting session – honours even), and we even managed to increase the average economy figure to 34.2mpg. The 35.6mpg average of my old Zetec S Fiesta (see last week’s report) is getting closer.

There are few cars I’d rather have done the trip in.

By Euan Doig
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Ford Fiesta ST-2

Read the full Ford Fiesta review

Week ending February 21
Mileage 6548
Miles this week 280

My usual mileage consists of mainly motorway work,with a little B-road and some town work thrown in. So, I’m quite pleased that the Fiesta is averaging 33.5mpg. That’s only 3.4mpg off the figure our True MPG testers achieved, which is good given that I’m not renowned for giving the accelerator pedal an easy time.

I’m especially pleased, because a few years ago I ran a Fiesta Zetec-S, which had a non-turbocharged 1.6 with a lot less power. After a year, I’d averaged 35.6mpg in that, so to be only 2.1mpg off that at such an early stage, in a car with a full 60bhp more, isn’t bad at all. I reckon I can beat the Zetec-S’s figure over the course of the year.

Mind you, economy runs aren’t really what the ST is about, so it could prove tougher than I think.

By Euan Doig
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

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