The Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch offers a sweet drive, good looks and good value
Brilliant handling, subtle Three-door only, smaller
styling upgrades, great boot than its rivals,
value for money expensive ST200
The Ford Fiesta ST is, put simply, our favourite small hot hatchback currently on sale. It offers everything we love about its big brother – the Ford Focus ST – but in a more compact package. Despite being down on power compared to its closest rivals, the ST offers brilliant handling and scintillating performance in a handsome, great value supermini.
The UK has had a long love affair with fast Fords, and the Ford Fiesta ST very much continues that tradition. By taking the already impressive standard Fiesta as a base, Ford has added sporty styling tweaks inside and out that definitely enhance the regular Fiesta’s looks.
Power comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that’s rated at 180bhp (or as much as 197bhp on ‘overboost’). Add in stiffer suspension, a sports exhaust and a pair of very supportive Recaro sports seats, and the Fiesta ST is a thrilling all-rounder. Buyers wanting even more thrills can choose the limited edition ST200 flagship, which boasts 212bhp for 20 second bursts and bespoke paint. If you need more power, then look to qualified tuner Mountune, which can tweak your ST to offer as much as 227bhp.