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Ford Fiesta ST review

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Ford Fiesta ST
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6 Sep 2016 14:51 | Last updated: 8 Nov 2018 14:57

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Fiesta ST has had a price hike over the previous model, but the improvement in the ride and interior justifies the extra cost. Even with the increase, the Fiesta ST still comfortably undercuts the price of the Peugeot 208 GTi and Renault Clio RS, and it’s only a little more expensive than the Suzuki Swift Sport.

Three trims are available: ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3. Standard equipment isn’t stingy, with 17in alloy wheels, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, air-con, automatic headlights and wipers, automatic emergency braking and cruise control all included in the entry-level trim. Step up to ST-2 and you get the 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and an upgraded sound system, while ST-3 adds sat-nav, 18in wheels, a 4.2in instrument cluster, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Fiesta ST’s claimed CO2 output of 136g/km and official fuel economy figure of 47.1mpg are brilliant, proving a fair bit cleaner and more frugal than its closest rivals and extremely impressive considering the performance on offer from the engine.

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Verdict

If you're after a hot hatch on a circa-£20k budget, the brilliant Fiesta ST should be at the very top of your shortlist.

  • Superb handling
  • Cracking engine
  • Great driving position
  • There are more spacious hot hatches
  • Pricier than it used to be
  • Not the plushest inside
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