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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta ST

£12,190£22,710
Best in class
8/10
Overall verdict
Fast, big fun, but also a practical daily driver, compact but refined.
 

For: 

Goes and grips hard, but cornering is adjustable, pure joy to drive

Against: 

Steering is a bit short on feel. Um...

Overview

What is it?

The Ford Fiesta ST is a re-work of the Fiesta, turning it into a back-road corner-muncher and overtaking hustler. But it’s not uncompromisingly hardcore. When the need arises, the Ford Fiesta ST can still be a convenient town car or a stress-free long-hauler.

It starts with the engine, which is the 182bhp 1.6 turbo that’s been available in bigger Fords for a while. For the Fiesta ST though, it has sharper responses and a switched ‘symposer’ for a bit of roar when you’re giving it the beans.

The suspension is 15mm lower than a regular Ford Fiesta, and stiffened in both the springing and the anti-roll, especially at the back, which quells understeer. The steering is higher-geared, the body is better damped, and it all comes with bigger brakes, wheels and tyres. Wrapping that is a purposeful body kit. Get in and you’ll be clamped by lovely buckety Recaros.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 EcoBoost ST-200 3dr
6.7s 140g/km 46.3 200 £22,710
The cheapest
1.25 Style 3dr
16.9s 122g/km 54.3 60 £12,190
The greenest
1.5 TDCi Style ECOnetic 3dr
11.9s 82g/km 88.3 95 £15,390
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