Ford Fiesta ST review

Costs & verdict

2019 Ford Fiesta ST rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Fiesta ST undercuts the Peugeot 208 GTi and Renault Clio RS on price, although it's more expensive than the Suzuki Swift Sport. Finance buyers, meanwhile, will notice that Fords PCP deals make the Fiesta ST a tantalising alternative to the Volkswagen Polo GTI

Two trims are available: ST-2 and ST-3. Standard equipment isn’t stingy, with 17in alloy wheels, climate control, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, keyless start and cruise control all included. ST-3 adds 18in alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding door mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless entry. The Performance Edition tops the range with all the aforementioned performance upgrades and a hefty price tag. 

All models come come with lane-keeping assistance and ST-3 includes traffic sign recognition. Unfortunately, no Fiesta ST is available with automatic emergency braking (even though the standard Fiesta is). In its Euro NCAP safety tests, the Fiesta was also outscored by the Polo for adult, child and pedestrian protection.

Ford ranked 18th out of 31 brands in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey – one place below Volkswagen. Suzuki did infinitely better, finishing in first place. 

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Verdict

If you're after a hot hatch on a circa-£20k budget, the brilliant Ford Fiesta ST should be at the very top of your shortlist. It's way more exciting to drive than the Volkswagen Polo GTI and better value for money, too.

  • Fun to drive with loads of grip
  • Cracking engine
  • Great driving position
  • Bouncy ride
  • No option for automatic emergency braking
  • Steering could be better