ON TEST WITH
FORD FIESTA 1.5 ST-2 ECOBOOST – 200PS, 6SP
Price from: £20,495
This week’s test drive was a Fiesta ST I.
Power and Efficiency: The model I tested was powered by an 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine which has 290Nm of torque and 200PS of Ford Power. You also get a very nice 0-62 time of around 6.4 seconds and a top speed of around 144mph.
If you are interested in the MPG then it will easily achieve 47.1 (combined). I also expected the little Fiesta to sound a little wheezy but to be honest, I was wrong about that too.
Take it from me it really is the most wonderful noise you can hear bellowing from that wonderful Ford EcoBoost engine and if you keep the rev range in the high figures it makes your heart skip and beat. Wonderful.
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 nothing on earth with those super sticky tyres.
Don’t get me wrong, it does have its faults here and there but they are so minor I can’t be bothered to tell you about them because I’m more interested in telling you how much fun it is to drive and how well it handles on the twisty stuff.
Plus, Ford has stiffened up the suspension which helps improve the ride without the need for back surgery every few weeks.
That’s the thing with most hot hatches they are either solid as a rock or as soft as a Teddy bear.
Well, I am happy to report that Ford got it perfect this time around and much fun can be had in the Fiesta ST.
Safety and Technology: The Fiesta ST is not short on equipment either and it starts with 17-inch ST five-spoke alloy wheels with machined finish, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC), Recaro heated sports front seats with fabric trim and blue detailing, rear privacy glass, Ford SYNC3 DAB radio with eight-inch touchscreen, B&O Premium Audio System with 360° sound and 10 speakers, floor mats front and rear with blue stitching, seat belts with blue detailing, centre console with armrest and illuminated cup holders.
This may not seem like a lot, but it’s packed with safety features and more extras than I have enough room to mention here this week.
If I was you, I would pop down to your local Ford dealer and take a look at the full list of features available depending on which model you decide to choose.
To Sum Up: Epic, if I was looking for a hot hatch right about now then the Fiesta ST makes perfect sense.