ON TEST WITH
Ford Fiesta ST200
Price from £23,145
A TWEAKED ST, but still fun to drive in any version.
As a child I used to spend most of my weekends watching Bodie and Doyle strut their stuff in TV’s The Professionals, while also watching them messing about doing handbrake turns and smoking the tyres around the streets of London in a selection of cars.
Of course, as you get older, reality slips in and you realise it was all fake and just for the purpose of TV entertainment – but as a young boy, it didn’t stop me spending many hours in my garden acting out scenes from the latest episode.
Even now, 30 years on, Ford’s ST200 has started to ignite all my senses and prove once again why Ford continues to dominate the ‘hot hatch’ arena.
Power and Efficiency
Powered by a 1.6litre Eco-Boost turbocharged petrol engine with 290Nm of torque – 200PS of Ford Power, it has a 0-62 time of around
6.7 seconds and a top speed of around 142mph.
I also expected the little Fiesta to sound a bit wheezy, but, to be honest, I was wrong about that too. Because, instead, what you do get is something that sounds as if the Knights Templars are having their own conquest right under your seat
Take it from me – it really is the most wonderful noise you can hear bellowing from that Eco-Boost engine.
On the Road
As with all of Ford’s hot hatches, it changes direction like it’s on rails and it holds the road like an F1 car on super-sticky slicks. Don’t get me wrong, it does have its faults.
However, when it comes down to getting it on – nothing on the road as small as the ST200 can even get close to how it handles on the twisty stuff.
Plus, Ford has also stiffened up the suspension and updated the front anti-roll bar, meaning the ST200 now feels more solid than a standard ST – which also helps improve the ride without the need for back surgery every few weeks.
Safety and Technology
On the inside, you get Recaro seating and branded ST interior details – but I found the sat- nav/radio far too complex. I am not joking either – I actually think it’s more complex than a Rubik’s Cube. But then again I am not that tech savvy – so maybe I need to take in some training or read the handbook.
Also, as it’s the ST200 you also get a lot of additional features such as cruise control, privacy glass, Thatcham Cat1 alarm, full ST body styling kit, unique ST200 badges, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights, puddle lamps, Mykey technology, 17” matt black alloys, Sony DAB radio, and a whole host of sophisticated systems, including electronic torque vectoring control.
To Sum Up
Epic, but I would buy the standard Fiesta ST – unless the ST200 really is your dream car.