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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta ST

Best in class
Overall verdict
Fast, big fun, but also a practical daily driver, compact but refined.


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


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


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 £22,960
The cheapest
1.1 Style 3dr
14.9s 101g/km 64.2 70 £12,970
The greenest
1.5 TDCi Style 3dr
12.5s 82g/km 88.3 85 £15,090
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