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Ford Fiesta ST

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta ST



Final thoughts and pick of the range

The fast Fiesta is more grown up in all the ways you’d want, marginally less chuckable than before, but still hilarious

The Fiesta ST is, overall, a triumph. And given how much of the old one Ford threw away and started afresh with (engine, suspension, steering), that’s a massive result. The innate chuckability is almost all still there, and even if this one does sacrifice a mite of it to have more stability and comfort, the payoff for many will be a less wearing car to live with every day. Which, when all said and done, is sort of the point of a hot hatchback, isn’t it?

The ST goes well, handles cheekily, looks handsome and it’s priced aggressively. The interior’s a two-generation leap from the old one – just as well, too – and it’ll be cheaper to run. We’d like less doughy steering, the jury’s still out on whether or not the modes actually add anything meaningful to the ST’s personality, and the seat can be a literal pain in the arse, on first impressions. But it’s not enough to put us off. This is a very clever reinvention of a true Top Gear favourite. Basically, buy one.

Our choice from the range

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