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The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta ST
For:Goes and grips hard, but cornering is adjustable, pure joy to drive
Against: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.