Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Fiesta ST undercuts the Volkswagen Polo GTI and is only fractionally more expensive than the far less powerful Suzuki Swift Sport. Strong predicted resale values also mean that Ford can offer impressive PCP deals.
Two main 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, rain sensing wipers and cruise control all included. ST-3 adds 18in alloy wheels, automatic high-beam, power-folding door mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a B&O Premium sound system, a rear-view camera, wireless phone charging, keyless entry and the ST Performance Pack we mentioned earlier. The ST Edition tops the range with all the aforementioned performance upgrades, LED headlights and a hefty price tag.
All models 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 awarded a full five stars, but it was outscored by the Polo for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
The standard Fiesta was rated 'poor' for reliability in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. It proved less dependable than all its rivals, including the Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo. And Ford's overall manufacturer rating corroborated that, which was also lower than many of its rivals.
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