Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - July

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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 July 28
Mileage 13,620
Miles driven this week 510

There's no questioning the Fiesta's ability to cover ground quickly on twisty B-roads, but my time in the hot hatch has been spent sitting in queues on the M25 and buzzing up and down the M40. The featherweight clutch, sharp gearchange and (most importantly) DAB radio made light work of traffic.

The quick steering rack, however, made high-speed cruising a bit of a chore, with constant tiny adjustments required to maintain a straight line in among the big trucks and middle-lane-rep-mobiles. All things considered, it's a small price to pay for such a well-sorted little driver's car.

By Tom Langan
Tom.Langan@whatcar.com


Week ending July 21
Mileage 13,110
Miles this week 400
 

Service day has come and gone, and the Fiesta is now fully fit and raring to go again (not that its verve had noticeably tailed off in the run up to the fettling).

Trust Ford in Thames Ditton was entrusted with the work, and was good throughout the proceedings, even when things went awry because of my ineptitude.

You see, I tried to book the car in using Ford's online booking service, but my computer crashed halfway through, so I started again in a state of pique, and promptly booked the car in for the wrong day. I was forced to call the dealership, who sorted out the booking quickly and pleasantly. They didn't even laugh at the way my online skills had been found wanting.

Shortly after, I received a call from the same dealer, to tell me that circumstances had left them short of technicians on the allotted day, and it would help if I could rebook for another time – which I duly did. They offered 10% off the price to sweeten the deal, too.

On the day in question, I left the car at the dealership and expected to hear nothing until the end of the day. Not so - the car was fully serviced and ready three hours later, and true to their word the bill was discounted as promised.

You can't really argue with service like that.

Euan.doig@whatcar.com

Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending July 7
Mileage 12,400
Miles this week 200
 

It would appear that the Fiesta's quite handy at this camping malarky. Not only did Vicky Parrott take it to Le Mans for the 24-hour race, but I also took it to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for a weekend of fast old racing cars, fireworks and barbecues.

I stuffed the boot full of sleeping bag, pillow, cooking facility and beer and took the backroads down to Goodwood.

The car was superb of the way there, never once flinching as the road scampered this way and that, and blasting past slower traffic wherever possible. 

Its naturally firm-riding suspension meant I had to let the beer settle for a few moments once I got there, but that allowed me to get the boot unloaded and everything transferred to the motorhome that colleague Will Williams had acquired for the weekend. 

Didn't I mention a motorhome? Ah. Okay, perhaps 'camping' was stretching the point a little. Nonetheless the Fiesta took everything I needed for the weekend with ease, it made a hoot of the trips there and back, and it did it all at an average of 36.3mpg. What a car.

Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

 

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