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Ford Fiesta ST

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta ST

£18,995

On the inside

Layout, finish and space

No surprises here – the new Fiesta’s cabin is vastly more intuitive than the old car’s, and the ST’s inherited the lot. Clear dials, a comprehensive screen between the clockfaces, and best of all, a crisp, clear, fast-reacting touchscreen that’s front’n’centre atop the air vents. You might get cold nipples, but at least the nav, AppleCarPlay and radio are legible…

ST’s gain a comfortable, chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel, part-alloy gearknob, bright-finish pedals and hugely bolstered Recaro bucket seats. It’s all the tweaks you’d want for a hot hatch, but little in the way of needless garnish. We like the miles of blue stitching that trace all over the fabrics. The imitation carbon trim is an acquired taste, but less offensive than in quite a few other hot hatchbacks.

Space is generous – if not quite as roomy as the new VW Polo GTI – and there’s a choice of three or five doors from launch. The old ST only gained a set of back doors right at the end of its life, unless you were an American buyer. And if you are, we’ve got bad news: you’re not on the ST’s destination list at all this time. Sorry. Best console yourself with a Shelby Mustang or something else V8-y.

One word of caution – try and do some distance in the ST’s seats before you sign on the dotted line. After an hour or so of motorway, everyone at Top Gear who’s tried the new ST complained of the same numb-bum sensation from the base of the seat interrupting blood flow. It seems to centre around the thickly layered decorative stitching that your backside is perched on, made worse by how tightly the bolsters hug the edge of your hips.

Oh, and the ST still has the fastest bum-warmers in the universe – plus you can now spec a heated steering wheel. You big softy.

You can check out even more Fiesta interior facts by reading our overall Fiesta review here…

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