The 2014 model year brings a whole host of changes to Ford's Fiesta B-Segment fighter, the most important of which (to our enthusiast eyes, anyway) is the addition of a potent new ST model. The US-spec hot hatch was first shown at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, and thanks to Ford's build-and-price site, we've now learned that the Fiesta ST will slide in at $21,400 when it goes on sale later this year (*not including $795 for destination).

Under the hood of the ST is a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four good for 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, mated solely to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford hasn't released performance data on its pint-sized puncher just yet, but know that these numbers make the Fiesta ST ever-so-slightly more powerful than the larger Volkswagen GTI while returning an estimated 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

Elsewhere in the lineup, the standard Fiesta also gets a smattering of improvements for the 2014 model year, including a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine and revised exterior styling. Pricing for the 2014 Fiesta sedan starts at $14,000, with the five-door model adding $600 to that number (again excluding the $795 destination fee).

Ford Fiesta ST configuratorWe've played around with the online configurator, and a fully loaded Fiesta ST comes in right below the $27,000 mark. Of course, this price includes niceties like partial-leather Recaro seats ($1,995), a HD audio system with MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation ($795), upgraded 17-inch dark alloy wheels ($795) and a power moonroof ($795). Molten Orange and Green Envy paint schemes will set you back an additional $595, as well.

Here's where things get tricky, though: Option out a larger Focus ST with similar levels of equipment and you're spending $29,825, all-in. Even at the base end of the spectrum, the larger Focus only represents a $2,300 price premium over the Fiesta ST, and in addition to quite a bit more space, the bigger hatch also offers a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 horses and 270 lb-ft.

Decisions, decisions. If the Fiesta ST is anything like its bigger brother, we have no doubt it'll be a hoot on the road. In light of their prices, let us know which one you'd have by casting a vote in our poll below, then feel free to drop us a line in Comments.



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      osunick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's not forget that $2300 also gets you a true independent rear on the focus.
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      Priced to undercut Veloster Turbo, that said I'd rather pay the extra premium to get a significantly better car...the Focus ST.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        how do you know that?.....significantly BIGGER car, not better, different strokes for different folks, BOTH cars are pretty awesome.....and even thats presumptuous because the Fiesta ST hasnt been driven yet...
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I own two, and you are wrong, the SEL is leather and loaded and is every bit as quiet as a Focus AND as well equipped and finished...( well really close, but remember, its an economy car....lol )
          Ross
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I have a 2012 Focus and I had a chance to drive a Fiesta numerous times. The interior feels alot cheaper, high levels of noise and vibration...no independent suspension make it far inferior. Fiesta ST might have addressed some of the faults but its cheap fundamentals are still there.
      jackearlnovak
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Fiesta looks like it has a bit of wheel gap, no? Maybe it's not that bad it's just the shape of the car.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      $29K for a Focus, how\'s about no. Fiesta.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hot hatches are the way to go but I hope one day we might see hot sedans in this small B segment despite not being as popular. I do have a thing for sport sedans and a cheap small one tastefully done up with body kit and small rear wing would clean up. Then again I might be the minority here.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, one thought would be insurance rates for the likely buyers. Giving back hp may be worth it at renewal time. Also, staying away from the pricey options get the car well below the Focus.
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        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        It takes one serious idiot to have to initial himself after each of their ignorant, subjective posts....
        OnTheRocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        Did you use to s***post on InsideLine too or am I thinking of another db?
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @OnTheRocks
          Nope, same person. He's been banned from multiple sites on the web.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        What if the Fiesta was a Toyota product?
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          Then it would be the greatest product ever, and you would be an idiot if you didn't. The guy is biased to no end, it doesn't even make any sense to argue with him.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      bannex
      • 1 Year Ago
      would rather get a scion tc for 2.5k cheaper and put a turbo kit on it with the remaining money. TC has got to be the best car for the money...certainly the most horsepower for less than 20k. I'm not sure why ppl would buy this garbage. Get over the scion marketing and u have a 185 hp, 6 speed manual, 18" alloys and solid suspension for literally 18.5k. No i dont work for toyota, yes i have a TC and i laugh at all the hyundai, kia, ford and honda hatches that have 135-145 hp. what happened to fun to drive for under 20k?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        >putting a turbo kit on a tC There are easier ways to throw money away. Less painful too.
          bannex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          like buying a fiesta ST? lol but i totally agree with you i wouldnt turbo my tc. im just saying you could end up with a better car (quality) and much faster for the same BASE (21.5k) price...who in their right mind would pay 26k for a fiesta, carguy? ill put my 26k into a WRX or maybe a FR-S or even a Mustang v-6 before i shoehorn myself into a fiesta and drive through uptown.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          The tC isn't taken seriously by ANYONE. Its for hipster who want a coupe but think an Accord or Civic is too big. Nothing more. Also, that 26k figure is WITH OPTIONS. Do you not know what those are?
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        The thing with the TC is that it has numb steering, it's slow in stock form (you might not be aware of this, but you can bolt turbos onto the Kia, Ford, and Honda hatches you refer to as well), it handles like the heavy family sedan it is based on, and it looks really freaking dull. I'm glad you have what you want but I will take the much faster, better handling, lighter, and better looking Ford over the TC anytime.
        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        if you don't understand that the TC is a corolla that is for people who want a corolla without it being an actual corolla.... then you don't understand anything about cars. Its got a blah commuter engine, blah commuter transmissions, blah commuter suspension, etc. putting a turbo on one for performance is just about the dumbest thing I've heard. By the time you are done fixing all the problems that causes... you should have just bought a couple year old C6 corvette and enjoy the better reliablity and lower running costs than a modded to hell TC.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        Please don't compare to TC. Bolting a turbo on a 2 door Corolla is silly.
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        We know the ST is a Fiesta. Given that the Fiesta in stock form is a vastly better driving car that a Corolla (to be fair the TC is really based on the European Avensis, not that it drives much better), it makes sense that we would all rather have the fast Fiesta than the TC.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bannex
        I can\'t imagine who would buy a brand new car with the intent of immediatetly bolting on a turbo. That makes absolutely no sense to me, but different strokes I guess.
      dcb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Over 22K after delivery charge.... ridiculous. That's 8k over the base Fiesta, and nearing GTI territory. Ford prices keep spiraling out of control. I was excited about this one, but not anymore
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dcb
        I agree. I want to like it. A lot. But the Germans are offer much higher refinement levels and grown-up looks for the same money (GTI). Hell, a BMW 320i starts at $33k, just $3k more than a loaded Focus ST. Granted, it's the stripper, but it's still a stripper BMW with free maintenance for 4 years/50k miles. And it's a BMW, not a Focus. Bash all you want, but that Focus and this Fiesta are too expensive.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          You fail to see the point. No one would compare a regular rental car Focus to a BMW 3-series, even if that BMW lacks a moonroof and navi. A $30k Focus compared to a $33k 320i IS an apt comparison, because you can get both for the same relative price. And for many, you're getting a much MUCH more refined car for your money if you get the Bimmer. Sure, the BMW weighs 300 lbs more and is slower, but it's a MUCH more refined product.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          I don\'t think it makes sense to compare it to a 320i and if you do you probably shouldn\'t compare it to a loaded ST. The base 320i is probably comparable to the base ST in terms of features (no moonroof, heated seats, navigation, etc). Although the 320 is producing 60 less hp with 300 more lbs of weight. Really, I think the comparison would be the 320i to a standard focus; so it\'s more like a $14K difference. Granted, for that $14K your getting BMW styling, but I think you\'re really talking about a completely different car for a completely different price for a completely different type of driver.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          guess how much service costs at the recommended 10000 mile intervals are on the Fiesta Zoom....kinda puts a wrench in the free maintenence on BMWS and you STILL save a $hitload....and Ive had a Z3, 3 series convertible, 5 series sedan and a Cooper S in my possesion, they drive nice but are way over-rated...except to the IMAGE crowd that will tolerate niggly problems, HIGH maintenece costs post the freebies and sub par dependability...oh, did I mention a rough ride?...
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          Right, but the typical consumer who\'s buying a 320i isn\'t buying it for performance reasons. The kind of buyer who is buying a Focus ST is buying it for performance reasons. So if you want to compare the two, I think the base Focus versus the 320i makes more sense. Of you could compare the 328 to the ST. I agree though, nobody is cross shopping a 320 versus a base Ford Focus; but they also aren\'t cross shopping the 320 with an Focus ST. But if you did, it makes far more sense to compare the base with the 320. Performance is comparable, but refinement is far greater in the 320; which you\'re paying about $15K for.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is out of their everylove'n mind. I clicked ONE options on the build page. A sunroof, and it's $23,000. SORRY Ford, I can't stomach your kool-aid.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        really, name another car around that price in the segment that offers these numbers.....just one....
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          @ zoom_zoom_zoom LOL @ the Civic Si. That car is a joke, it will get walked on by this Fiesta which is a class down.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Civic Si for one. Get the Coupe, sunroof standard, REAL Limited Slip diff standard, IRS...
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          @ zoom_zoom_zoom Congratulations, a Civic with the outrageously overpriced HFP kit lapped quicker than a BRZ running on LRR tires. Amazing accomplishment, really.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Ummm. Yeah, that's what the Subaru BRZ thought when it was pitted against the Civic HFP Si and the Civic was faster on the race track.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          actually Zoom, based on the car the SI competes with, the Focus ST, I dont doubt in the slightest the Fiesta will give it a run....
      @_jorts
      • 1 Year Ago
      $20k+ for a Fiesta? Almost $30k for a Focus? Ugh, no thanks. I spent $21k on my 2013 Focus SE and I thought that was kind of pushing it.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @@_jorts
        At the same time a Focus SE is no ST, even in a Fiesta model. Specialty cars are always more expensive because of their low volume.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @@_jorts
        From a utility perspective, it makes sense to get a bigger car for the same price. But the idea of buying cars per cubic foot is the reason small cars have not taken off in America until very recently. And why we've been missing out on hot hatches Europeans have come to love.
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