Ford Fiesta ST review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Fiesta ST 2021 infotainment
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front cornering
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  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 infotainment
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front right cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 rear right tracking
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 left tracking
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 Interior steering wheel
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 gearlever
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 instrument dials detail
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 boot open
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 infotainment
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front right cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 rear right tracking
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 left tracking
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 Interior steering wheel
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 seats
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 gearlever
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 instrument dials detail
  • Ford Fiesta ST 2021 boot open
Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
RRP £16,645What Car? Target Price from£15,826

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The three-door Ford Fiesta ST-2 undercuts the VW Polo GTI on price and is only fractionally more expensive than the far less powerful Suzuki Swift Sport. If you’re looking for five doors and a well-equipped car, the five-door ST-3 is also a little bit cheaper than the Hyundai i20 N.

The Fiesta ST and the i20 N are both predicted to have solid resale values, so they’re broadly on a par when it comes to PCP finance, and will average around 40mpg when driven carefully. Always remember to check out the free What Car? New Car Deals pages to compare the best prices.

All models come with lane-keeping assistance and ST-3 trim adds traffic sign recognition. Unfortunately, you don't get automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard – it comes with the optional Driver Assistance Pack. Because of that, the Euro NCAP safety test doesn’t technically cover the Fiesta ST, but the regular Fiesta, which is available with a more advanced AEB system than the ST, was awarded the full five stars in 2017. Crash test protection should be the same for the ST, and on that specific point, the Fiesta was outscored by the Polo, which offered better adult and child chest protection.

The standard Ford Fiesta was rated 'poor' for reliability in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey compared with other value and small cars, and Ford did less well than many of its rivals in the overall manufacturer section of the survey.

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Ford Fiesta ST 2021 infotainment

Overview

If you're after a fun hot hatch on a budget, the Ford Fiesta ST should be at the very top of your shortlist. It just pips the still very good Hyundai i20 N for driving pleasure, and it's way more exciting to drive and better value than the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

  • Fun to drive with loads of grip
  • Cracking engine
  • Great driving position
  • A firm, bouncy ride
  • Rivals have better reliability
  • Steering could be better