Ford Fiesta ST is a proper, proper hot hatch
Sometimes letters are all that’s needed to define a car. Take RS, GTi, GT, Ti, etc.
A lot of us know the make and model of these cars by the letters. Well there are two letters that stir the petrol in me considerably – ST. In this case, the new Ford Fiesta ST. Just last week it won the hot hatch category at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards in association with Continental Tyres and a very well- deserved winner indeed. When I look back on 2018 my time driving the Fiesta ST will, I am sure, be one of my standout memories.
The new ST is powered by a 1,500cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 200PS. Considering I maintain 150 is more than enough you can imagine how powerful this car is. And all from 3 cylinders! We’ll all be driving these before our conversion to electric. All the important figures are at the bottom but in no way can they sum up the car. It is a truly absorbing car. Every trip is an indulgence. Every road an exploration. Every manoeuvre a wonder. Boredom is banished from your life.
This 3-door beauty looks good from every angle and its sporty prowess is hinted at with a honeycomb grille, delicious 17” alloys and not so subtle ST badges. Inside it is spacious and the finish is top notch with excellent materials used throughout. It has all the latest technology too, but the most important bits are the Recaro seats, the pedals, the flat-bottomed steering wheel and a slick 6 speed gearbox.
You also get a mechanical limited-slip differential, force vectoring springs, track mode and launch control. This is a proper, proper hot hatch with a proper hot hatch sound. Using these with that engine is all you are interested in. On the road it is taut, grippy, racy, pacey and engaging.
It is loyal and won't let you get out of your depth too far. You don’t have to explore the cars full potential on every trip and this is catered for with a choice of engine modes making everyday, liveability totally possible and practical. My aging back never complained once.
ST motoring starts at €28,120. Start cobbling your money together now – I know I am. Letters, as I explained, define cars. They can also define emotions. Here are mine for the for the ST - XXX.
Under the Hood
Model Tested Ford Fiesta - ST2 1.5 EcoBoost 200PS
Engine - 200PS, 290Nm
0-100km/hr - 6.5s
Top Speed - 232 km/hr
Urban Fuel Consumption - 6.0 l/100kms
Price - €28,120