The Fiesta ST is Ford's high-performance variation on the popular compact hatchback, and this sports influence is found inside, outside, and under the bonnet. Cutting-edge technology is what makes this and all other Ford models such high achievers, and in the Fiesta ST it influences the powerful yet refined engines and sophisticated in-car systems.
ST styling never fails to draw attention, and in the latest Fiesta ST it enhances what was already a stunning vehicle. The front is dominated by a large mesh grille, which sits above front fog lights integrated with the bumper. The narrow headlamps streak from the nose towards the flanks, and the roof line arches over to a neat rear spoiler. A twin exhaust set-up is found at the rear, while alloy wheels rest over painted brake callipers.
Inside, the model houses a host of unique details that distinguish it from the standard Fiesta, including the chrome-finish door handles, double-stitched floor mats and branded scuff plates. The three-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel is also adorned with the ST logo, while the upholstery can be specified as full or partial leather. The overall design remains considered and simplistic, with controls found on the wheel and neatly arranged across the centre console.
The Fiesta ST's design complements the drive superbly, and power comes from Ford's excellent 179bhp 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. The four-cylinder unit delivers a satisfying pull as you dip your right foot, and drive is sent via a finely-tuned six-speed manual gearbox that minimises any interruption when accelerating through the gears. This excitement isn't without economy, as it will still deliver 47.9mpg combined and emit just 138g/km of CO2.
Further helping the car impress is its three trim grades, which see the Fiesta ST arrive well equipped. ST-1 begins the range with Ford SYNC and Emergency Assistance, MyKey technology and Recaro cloth seats, as well as red stitching along the steering wheel and gearshift knob. ST-2 gives a Sony DAB digital radio and heated front seats, while the top-end ST-3 furthers this with sat nav, cruise control and Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC).
You can experience the inspiring Fiesta ST through a test drive from Gates Ford across Hertfordshire and Essex. Enquire with your nearest dealership site for details and to schedule your time in the driver's seat.