Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - June

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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 is grippy and nimble

    Fiesta is grippy and nimble

  • 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's heated seats are great for sore backs

    Fiesta's heated seats are great for sore backs

  • 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

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Week ending June 30
Mileage 12,200
Miles this week 205 

By all accounts (well, Vicky's actually) the Fiesta was a great car in which to travel to Le Mans and back. It took all the luggage and camping kit required and took all the grief Vicky's notoriously leaden right foot could dish out at it.

However, it hasn't emerged from the trip entirely unscathed. Since it returned from France there has been a loud buzzing from somewhere inside the driver's door at anything above 30mph. Given that most of my commute is done on the M3, this constitutes a problem.

Still, the car is due for its first service shortly, so I'll let you know how easy it is for the dealer to sort then.
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com 

 

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Week ending June 20
Mileage 11,995
Miles this week 875 

I like the Fiesta ST so much that I chose to take it to the Le Mans 24-hour race last week. The thing about Le Mans is that it’s more of a car festival rather than a race meeting; between fringe events such as the Pistonheads Friday Service and the Great British Welcome, you’re likely to spend as much time looking at other people’s weekend motors as at the race cars. 

What really surprised me was that, at an event where you can spot exotica including a Bugatti Veyron and Porsche Carrera GT, and every other car is an Aston Martin or Ferrari, the Fiesta ST actually got loads of attention.

Despite its budget standing, there’s real excitement about it among the enthusiast masses. Understandably, I reckon.

This is a car that did our 800-mile round-trip in relative comfort (the ride is a bit firm on UK roads, granted), while returning 34mpg despite being filled to the brim with camping gear.

It can also deliver about the best driving experience of any front-drive car when you want it. It sounds brilliant, is endlessly entertaining to drive, and yet is properly affordable for a lot of people. That, to my mind, makes it pretty much the best car in the world

Vicky.Parrott@whatcar.com 

 

Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending June 10
Mileage 11,120
Miles this week 140

It was one of those 'really?' moments when I came out to the Fiesta and saw it sitting on a flat tyre. Even one of my neighbours saying: 'Ah well, at least it's only flat on the bottom' failed to elicit more than a faint grin.

I pumped up the tyre and took the Fiesta to Teddington Tyres around the corner from the What Car? office. They diagnosed that a screw had gone through the tyre, although my mood was lightened by the fact that it was deemed repairable. Half an hour and £17 later I was back on the road. Good service!

Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending June 3
Mileage 10,980
Miles this week 125

I reckon I may be due some commission from Ford. That’s because I may have managed to sell a Fiesta ST. 

No, not the long-term car – Ford tends to look down on that sort of thing. 

No, last week I got a call from a former colleague who is in the market for a small(ish) cheap hatch that is good fun to drive. I reckoned the ST was the perfect choice, so invited him to meet up and have a drive of the Fiesta.

He’d read the reports on the car and was keen to give it a go. 

To say he was blown away would be an understatement. He couldn’t get over the noise, the handling, the grip, in fact the sheer effervescence of the Fiesta – and even better, the cost. He stopped at the end of the drive a very happy, smiley chap, and it’s fair to say his local Ford dealer is going to get a call in the very near future.

Thinking about it, I guess I can’t really claim commission, because the Fiesta sold itself.

Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - May

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