Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.6L I4
Power:
197 HP / 202 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
6.7 Sec (est.)
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
2,742 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
10.1 CU-FT
MPG:
26 City / 35 HWY
Base Price:
$21,400
I'm not overly inclined to professional jealousy, as a rule. Sure, I go a bit green around the eyes when Ramsey draws the 911 GT3 trip to Weissach, Harley is tapped-in to drive a completely stunning Porsche 911 by Singer, or, you know, Drew Phillips gets to shoot a Lamborghini Veneno in the middle of a desert like some sort of sheik. I hate you guys...

Honestly though, one of the new car events that dug me the most, was when our Steven J. Ewing got to fling the Ford Fiesta ST around some hot corner of Europe. What goes around comes around, I suppose, as Mr. Ewing himself espoused an envious nature of the Focus ST trip that came before.

The good news in all this covetous intra-office behavior? All the cars mentioned, and specifically the Fiesta ST, are just wonderful to drive. I can say that with more confidence than ever now, having joined Ford for a good bit of Fiesta-flinging myself. In my case, the locale was slightly more pedestrian (Michigan not France), and the car in question was the five-door version of the Fiesta ST that we get here in The States, as opposed to the three-door number they get across the pond.

Driving Notes
  • Weeeee! Listen, I don't want to come off like an eight-year old on his first roller coaster ride, or that super annoying pig from the insurance commercial, but I'll be damned if this isn't a joyful little beast of a car. Hot hatchbacks have gotten pretty serious in the last years; the Mazdaspeed3 is fast but brutal in terms of power delivery, the Volkswagen GTI continues to get more mature and further from its cheap-and-chuckable roots, and even big brother Focus ST now feels like more like a junior trackday car than a spunky runabout. Fiesta ST is point-squeeze-go fun that reminds me of an era of small, fast, affordable cars I'd thought dead.
  • Two hundred and two pound-feet of torque are available at 4,200 rpm from this stout 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, so I highly recommend keeping the tach pinned at 4,500 for the most maniacal results. The 197-horsepower peak doesn't come up until 6,000 rpm, either, but honestly, this doesn't feel like a laggy engine at all. The quick-spinning four-cylinder makes a goodly portion of its power and torque under those optimum figures, so it doesn't even take a fully mashed throttle pedal to get the Fiesta ST moving forward with authority.
  • And if you're like me, you'll be laying into that throttle just to hear the engine spool up and do its thing, too. There are competitor cars that sound better – the Fiat 500 Abarth comes instantly to mind – but the Fiesta ST song is worth the cost of the gas burned and then some.
  • Having recently gotten out of the more sedate standard Fiesta, I can say that Ford has waved a magic wand over all of the controls, to the betterment of enthusiast drivers. The hot hatch's six-speed hand-shaker might not be the best manual transmission in the segment right now, but it's far removed from the flaccid action of the five-speed stick shift of the standard car. Meanwhile the brake pedal feel is sharper and steering effort is heftier than in the basic subcompact. After an afternoon being hugged by the Recaro seats, I've learned to love them in spite of the fact they look like ex Power Rangers props. Maybe I can fit some kind of covers...
  • Ford tells me that the ST weighs in at just over 2,700 pounds with fluids topped up, or a couple of hundred pounds more than the three-door, European car we tested this past March. The car handles so nimbly, however, that I almost can't believe the Fiesta is much over a ton – it drives like a featherweight thing. Turn-in and rotation happen with speed reminiscent of your favorite Mini Cooper S, stiffness mid-hard-corner is phenomenal and the chassis feels like a dancer when executing corners in quick succession.
  • Already the base for imposing rally cars around the world, I have a feeling that this Fiesta ST is going to make some noise in grassroots motorsport, too. The autocross feels like a natural habitat for the ST, right out of the box.
  • I think the exterior modifications of the ST package infuse just the right amounts of fun and attitude into an already-attractive Fiesta hatch. I'd have no problem arguing that the Fiesta ST is a much neater looking shape than the slightly goofy one of the Focus ST, too. It's a good thing then that Ford provides for a decent range of paint options for the cheeky Fiesta, ranging from the almost intolerable Green Envy you see here (perhaps the worst $595 you can spend on the car), to far more sedate white, black and silver tones. (I'd opt for Ford's Performance Blue, and call it a day.)
  • The Fiesta ST starts at $21,400, and the $24,485 out-the-door cost of our tester includes the rather pricey sport seats ($1,995) and the navigation-enabled MyFord Touch system. On a per-content-piece price alone, it's clear that Ford is aggressively going after the likes of the Mini Cooper S and the Honda Civic SI. If you're looking for a hot hatch bargain, not quite as quick but every bit as fun as it's excellent big brother Focus, put the Fiesta ST on your shopping list today.


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      DWheatley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody else having trouble finding Focus ST's? They seem to be very scarce in Iowa. Hey, we're not all farmers! Anyway, I hope the Fiesta is more available.
        Dane Grant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DWheatley
        You might have to head to a larger population area and look at their inventories... They are not marking them up when they were introduced.... What I do notice is that a lot of them are the ST1, not the ST2 or ST3 that are more desirable....
          drew
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane Grant
          It's very regional. In the DC area it's all ST2s and ST3s.
      mehul_kamdar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I pre-ordered my Ford Fiesta from Ford Direct and waited for a long time for them to deliver it to me. Mine was one of the first Fiesta SELs in Chicago. I've driven it for a little more than 60,000 miles since I got it with zero reliability issues. I did have a problem with my first generation Sync system, which my service dealer, Arlington Heights Ford rectified patiently. I also contacted Ford on Twitter, and they were very helpful. I take the little car for long business trips to Wisconsin, Iowa and through Indiana with zero hesitation, because of how utterly comfortable and cheap it is to drive. If I want to go fast, I have a motorcycle which does a decent job of carrying me around at speed in our warmer months. On the other hand, my next car will be the 3 cyl Fiesta. As my little business picks up, I am going to have to drive a lot. I would happily trade car performance for savings. Hey, if the business does particularly well, I'll probably buy a new Mustang. :)
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice!
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      AWD or GTFO. I love this and the new focus, but seriously without AWD, what is the point? Is it really too much to ask for?
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brandon
        What is the point of the extra weight and complexity of an AWD system in a small, lightweight hot hatch? It's not a rally car, Tanner.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brandon
        Brandon...before critiquing, do yourself a favor, go drive one...........
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I've driven plenty of FWD cars. Above all else, you can't put the power down in a FWD like you can in a RWD or AWD. FWD sucks, plain and simple.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Pre-conception...perhaps in the upper echelons of HP I would somewhat agree....but go drive one of these....it most definitely doesnt suck...you may want to read the article as well....
      scion_tc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some perspective. This tiny FWD Fiesta is priced $24,485. For $1000 more you are in a Subaru WRX AWD and 265hp
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scion_tc
        some more perspective, lets compare a base model with nothing to a LOADED Fiesta......Base retail price (MSRP): $25,595 - $37,445 .
          bubba_roe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          a loaded turd is still a turd
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          and bubba is still bubba.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          yyz, if you actually read some of the out of left field posts Im responding too then maybe you would understand where im coming from...it nothing about justifying a decision at all...OR defending it for that matter....
          yyz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Dude, you like the car. You bought one. We get it. Why you feel the need to respond to everybody that has a negative comment about the Fiesta and tell them why they are wrong, is beyond me. The Fiesta ST is a great car. But there are a lot of great cars to choose from. I like the GTI. I bought one. But I am not going to go out of my way to try and convince people that the GTI is the car for them. If it is, great. If not, who cares? It seems like you feel the need to justify your decision for some reason.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          yyz: What is wrong with him responding to idiots like bubba? He's on here to talk about cars, and this car in particular. Nothing wrong with that.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          and Bubbas still got multiple sign ons....
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scion_tc
        Some more perspective... some people don't want a loud rattlebox that sucks up premium gas as a daily driver. The Fiesta ST is not a WRX competitor, it's a practical hatch your wife won't complain about!
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Steve
          some more perspective.....check EVO and WRX sales numbers................
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scion_tc
        Actually, adding $1500 (not a $1000) puts you in a base mode WRX with no options. More comparably equipped is closer to a $4K difference...
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you are dumb enough to buy an American car, make sure you pay for the extended warranty ... you will need it. Hard to figure who would pick this Ford over a Honda Civic Si, which is superior in every way.
        ebn.hahn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        James! You are one DUmB Piece of crap that Obviously Jeolous of how good the Fiesta ST is.... You are a 100 percent Hater!!. I feel sorry for your girlfriend (that is if you have any!!!). You propably see a guy in the mall who looks much better than you and immidiatly claim he is either gay or on steroids!!!. You must be a Looooooserrrrrr......
        speedoften
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Upset that your "si" isn't the be all end all anymore?
        nufsaid7354
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James
        You're clearly a typical Rice burning Honda snob who most certainly has not read any info on the Fiesta St if you think you're Si is superior in every way. I owned an CRX Si with a B-16 engine swap prior to this purchase, and to be honest I wouldn't go back. I loved that CRX and was only hoping the Fiesta St came close to it, it didn't it blew it out of the water. Of course I realize it's not an extremly large Honda Civic Si with little torque numbers but I've driven that too an i'm far from impressed in comparison to this Fiesta ST!
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      One Ford is such a disaster. Virtually EVERY car made by One Ford has an American Ford counterpart which is FAR superior. Give me ONE reason for choosing this over a nice Escort ZX2.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        LMAO! Good one! Oh, wait, you're trying to be serious?
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        This whole time I thought you were serious with the "Why would people choose a new Transit over an Econoline" stuff. Now I know you have been joking in a sort of Stephen Colbert way. Hats off to you sir, you had me fooled for months because no one could seriously pose the question you just did and believe it.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SE hatch works for me. Less pretentious and more of the point why these cars exist. The ST just gives that "im trying too hard" vibe. Just feels silly
      MMP Media
      • 1 Year Ago
      An added bonus: If you buy a Fiesta ST (or a Focus ST), you get to attend the ST Octane Academy at Miller Motorsports Park at no cost (other than providing your own travel and lodging). What other sub-$25k car gives you that? We're putting the finishing touches on the curriculum now; let's just say it won't be like other driving schools! Stay tuned.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMP Media
        I\'ll sleep in the car....lol
        Jabbit
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMP Media
        That is great - Dodge did that with the SRT lineup. Buy an SRT4, get a track day experience. It was a really cool manufacturer-backed perk.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        JaredN
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think the 3-door looks better. For people who are tall (I'm not), the B-pillar of the 5-door hurts visibility.
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      drove it, loved it ,ordered it...........actually drives better than the Focus ST IMO....
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Waiting for the first person to swap a 2.0 in there from the Focus ST..... Make it a little more serious. As soon as the Focus ST loss some weight, they downsized the engine...... Bah.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Make what a little more serious, the torque steer?
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