The Fiesta ST isn’t as badass as the die-hard Ford Focus RS, but that makes it all the added lovable, er, fun. Its manual-only gearbox is approachable, its abeyance is active but not harsh, and it’s absolutely thrifty on gas—if you affliction about that. It’s powered by a 197-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that drives the advanced auto through a six-speed transmission. While the Fiesta ST is acutely affordable entertainment, its arrangement autogenous and awkward aback bench backpack over from the alike cheaper and beneath agitative Fiesta. Still, this pint-sized achievement auto is a back-to-basics advantage that rewards drivers of all accomplishment levels.
While we’re beholden that Ford saw fit to accumulate affairs the Fiesta ST for accession archetypal year rather than catastrophe production, it alone abiding the inevitable. The absolute Fiesta ambit will no best be congenital afterwards May 2019. Meanwhile, the accepted bearing of the angry little auto carries over for 2019 after change.
The Fiesta ST is cheaper than admired rivals such as the Honda Civic Si auto and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. That makes the Ford one of the best achievement bargains money can buy. Alike outfitted with every option, the Fiesta ST stays able-bodied beneath $30,000. Its accessible accessories accommodate brownish Orange Spice or White Platinum acrylic colors, atramentous 17-inch auto and red anchor calipers, acrimonious Recaro seats, ability sunroof, and navigation. We’d add the aphotic auto because they attending air-conditioned and the heavily bolstered Recaro buckets for their added abutment (we advance aggravating them out first, back they’re too akin for some). The blow of the options are unnecessary, abnormally back accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto alter the allegation for navigation.
Likes: Ability is accessible to exploit, chiral chiral only, bona fide sports-car grip.Dislikes: Could drive Miss Daisy at the annoyance strip, longest emergency-braking aftereffect against rivals.
The Fiesta ST ability singlehandedly save the manuals. A six-speed row-your-own gearbox is the alone accessible chiral and pairs with a zesty, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The miniature comminute makes 197 application and 202 lb-ft of torque, which helped activation it from aught to 60 mph in 6.9 abnormal in our testing; it feels active but still lags abaft higher-powered rivals at the annoyance strip. Thankfully, its easy-shifting six-speed stick akin our active enthusiasm. The ablaze clamp has a abbreviate biking and continued assurance ambit that fabricated ripping through the apparatus effortless. The ST’s bankrupt doesn’t bark or howl, but it emits abundant babble to active anybody it’s no accustomed arrangement box.
The Fiesta ST is a achievement affair area everyone’s invited—and the awning allegation is cheap. Its affectionate anatomy and seamlessly alive chiral chiral acquiesce abecedarian drivers to curl and arch vets to analysis their limits. Its animated administration calmly makes up for its arrears in straight-line speed. Thrashing the ST about arced two-lanes, bare parking lots, and abjure byways is endlessly enjoyable. Surprisingly, abundance isn’t compromised by the close suspension. Integral to the Ford’s antic feel is affably absolute steering. The anchor pedal is ablaze but acknowledging and doesn’t abuse overeager inputs with neck-snapping feedback.
The Fiesta ST and best of its rivals are awfully ammunition efficient, alms added thrills than refills. The Ford floats abreast the top of the EPA ratings and had the accomplished real-world artery amount in our testing. It completed our 200-mile artery analysis bend with aerial colors, clocking 38 mpg to exhausted its EPA appraisal by 5 mpg.
Likes: Accessible Recaro seats affirm this isn’t an accustomed Fiesta, advantageous autogenous accommodation storage.Dislikes: Plentiful plastics and akin rear bench admonish cartage it’s based on an accustomed Fiesta, burden aggregate is bottomward compared with beyond rivals.
Without the alternative Recaro seats and the ST badging, the autogenous could be abashed for the arid berth of the accepted Fiesta. The ST’s aberrant amount and road-loving personality accomplish that blemish easier to excuse, but its bound back-seat legroom and baby cardinal of options are harder to forgive. The mostly artificial autogenous at atomic appeared to be anxiously assembled, with constant fits. The ambit amid the driver, dash, and the low shifter was hardly awkward, but not agonizingly so. The accepted ambient lighting with seven customizable colors is a chic affection in the contrarily arid cabin.
Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment arrangement is as user affable as the blow of the Fiesta ST. It sports a baby 6.5-inch touchscreen but nonetheless works well. The card and alternative settings aren’t as able-bodied as in added flush Ford products, but the high-mounted affectation is a acceptable accession to the arid interior. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an eight-speaker Sony stereo with a six-month cable for SiriusXM accessory radio are all standard.
Despite actuality one admeasurement bottomward here, the ST is aggressive with bigger rivals. Those attractive for an optimal carriage accompaniment will acquisition bigger suitors—but at a college price. The Ford’s burden aggregate of 25 cubic anxiety with the rear seats bankrupt is almost added than the Golf GTI’s 23 cubes with the rear seats up—but the ST captivated alone one beneath attache bag.
The Fiesta ST will not affect parents with babies or bodies who appetite the latest driver-assistance technology. The auto additionally becoming a four-star appraisement from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) but was not called a Top Assurance Pick by the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Can its fun agency ample the abandoned larboard by the absence of assurance features? We anticipate so. But some buyers ability adopt rivals that do action such equipment.
Apart from its above-average roadside abetment (five years or 60,000 miles), the Fiesta ST has the aforementioned advantage as best rivals. The Hyundai Elantra steals the appearance with its absorbing powertrain assurance of 10 years or 100,000 miles.