Having read the less than complimentary press reviews from the European launch, which were critical of the handling and harsh engine my expectations were relatively low. However within a few corners it was evident was that the Fiesta ST was going to be a lot of fun to drive. The chassis and sticky Pirelli tyres generate a huge level of grip. The handling is also very neutral, it has no vices to catch out the in experienced driver, even when lifting off or changing gear mid-corner.
The engine, much criticised in earlier press reviews is excellent. It revs freely, has plenty of power throughout the rev range and in certainly not harsh or agricultural. On the other hand the gear change lacks precision.
The highlight of the interior is the sports seats with embroidered ST logos on the head rests. The driving position was perhaps a bit too high. The dash board is pretty much standard Fiesta with a few cosmetic silver touches to raise the visual excitement. Overall the interior feels very solid, well constructed and grown up.
The exterior of the ST is set apart from the standard Fiesta by the fitment of 17” multi-spoke alloy wheels and a body kit including a roof spoiler.
The Fiesta is a great little hot hatch, and performed much better than I had expected. It is quick, well built, handles well, has lots of grip and with the Ford GT inspired stripes, 17” alloy wheels and body kit looks very sporty.
I bought this car in February and it is really nice to drive, with good handling and is comfortable for a small car.
I recently had to buy new tyres. This was very reasonable £32 middle-range tyre to the cheaper ones at £26 a nice surprise for low profile tyre.
As I live in Scotland, the front screen heating is brilliant and the air-conditioning a bit of a waste of time.
The one thing that I am disappointed with is the radio CD. It makes peculiar noises at times the soon-to-be common problem of these radio. I would also like to be able to have DAB available.
As for reliability, it has been perfect with absolutely no problems apart from a puncture. And I am delighted with the car as it looks good drives well and is reasonably economical.
Our car is fitted with optional air-conditioning. The 1.25 engine is fine for general duty, offering a good balance of low end pull and zippyness, however, it can be underpowered when using air-con. Heated front windscreen a real bonus in winter.
Generally, a good little car, which has smart looks and a general feel of quality build. The car developed a water pump problem early in it's life, and the experience of the dealer could have been better when sorting this out. However, generally speaking, a nice car, which drives well and looks good.
This is my second Fiesta since the new model was brought out. I have to say that I'm still asking myself why after getting rid of the first one that I ever bought another one.
There seems to be a problem when you reach about 11,000 miles, peices of your car begin to fall apart. On the first model I managed to wear away two holes in my quality leather steering wheel where my thumbs normally rest when driving. Then I needed a new seatbelt and a few weeks after that I needed a new gear stick.
All covered under warranty I know but I have to say does not inspire confidence in the build quality. Now this time my CD player refuses to play CDs and low and behold I need another new gear stick.
Maybe I am being a bit unfair. Sure it is a nippy little car and does look quite good but what's the point in that if they keep falling apart. Last Fiesta Ever.
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