RE: Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

RE: Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

Friday 9th November

Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

It's only been with us a month and already the Fiesta is proving itself nigh-on unputdownable



We're only one month into ownership of our Ford Fiesta ST, and already there's plenty to talk about. Where to start? How about the main ingredient: that engine. Most non-ST Fiestas come with fun, strong Ecoboost motors, so discovering that our car's 200hp 1.5-litre triple feels more potent than its specs suggest has come as no great surprise. What has impressed us is the breadth of performance the new powerplant offers, and how much of a step forward it has taken over the previous 1.6-litre four-pot.

Despite giving up 100cc and a cylinder to its predecessor, the new ST feels more eager more of the time. It masks its reliance on turbocharging well, being quick to respond and surprisingly keen from low down in the rev band. Yes, this was true of the previous ST, but both factors have been noticeably improved, and make the new ST feel at least as quick in most real-life driving scenarios as hot hatches in the class above.


Proof? To yours truly, the Fiesta motor's enthusiasm to spin up means it's actually been a more effortless car to drive on the daily commute than our recently departed Hyundai i30 N, which had a 75hp advantage from a significantly larger engine. We'd bet that if second gear was a little leggier (negating an upshift to third), the Fiesta ST would be a tenth or two quicker to 62mph.

Previous experience of Ecoboost engines suggests our triple's best is yet to come as the miles pile up, and there's certainly room for an improvement in urgency when the tachometer needle's nudging towards the redline. But I find it hard to believe that its fuel economy will get any better because - and I can't believe I'm saying this about a fast Ford engine - our ST is rather frugal. In fact, it has consistently offered over 40mpg during urban driving and, if you stick the cruise control on at 70mph, will happily sip to 57mpg on a motorway run.

Yes, you read that right: 57mpg. More than Nic managed to wring from a Golf GTD recently and only very marginally less than the smaller-still 1.0-litre motor on Dafydd's Up GTI. How good's that? No doubt it's partly due to the triple's ability to run on two-cylinders, as well as it's quick-reacting stop/start system, but I also think it's down to availability of that low-down grunt. You simply don't need to ask much from it to match the pace of the traffic. Boring, yes, but it matters at this end of the performance car market.


As does a car's usability. This being the three-door, it's not the most practical variant on offer, obviously, and there are most definitely roomier alternatives in the class. But living with our ST for four weeks really has me asking if most of us need any more from a hot hatch. In some ways, the ST has started doing a decent impression of a Golf GTI, being extremely easy to live with day-to-day while entertaining brilliantly when you slip down a couple of gears and take on the twisting tarmac ahead.

Heck, I've even missed the Fiesta when I've swapped it for far pricier and more potent machinery in recent days because it's just so easy to get to grips with. Plus, as the cold weather sweeps in, there are few cars under the £25k mark - maybe even the £35k mark - that make waking up at 5am to thick frost so easy to manage. Heated windscreen on, heated seats up to maximum and within a dozen or so seconds your view ahead is clear and backside toasty. Bigger tests are yet to come, of course, but consider the Fiesta well under our skin already.


Car: Ford Fiesta ST-3
On fleet since: October 2018
Run by: Sam Sheehan
List price new: £21,494 (As tested: £24,515 comprising £745 for Performance Blue paint, £600 for full LED headlights, £475 for blind spot information system, £850 for ST Performance Pack and for £350 B&O premium audio system).
Last month at a glance: The ST does the mundane very well - and surprisingly cheaply.

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redroadster

Original Poster:

762 posts

167 months

Friday 9th November
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Fun car with great economy cake and eat it what's not to like .

Ahbefive

11,285 posts

107 months

Friday 9th November
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With the diff for occasional track fun, this does seem to be a great all rounder.

I'd still like them to make a fiesta RS though.

only1ian

547 posts

129 months

Friday 9th November
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“more eager of the time”


Peanus

96 posts

40 months

Friday 9th November
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I genuinely can’t help but read every Ford article as a gushing, unsubtle paid content.

Am I broken?

GTEYE

1,204 posts

145 months

Friday 9th November
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Peanus said:
I genuinely can’t help but read every Ford article as a gushing, unsubtle paid content.

Am I broken?
Maybe they are making some decent cars?

I’ve recently chopped a 330e for a Focus ST and I don’t regret it one jot. It really is fun to drive in a way that the BMW just wasn’t.
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Kenny Powers

1,814 posts

62 months

Friday 9th November
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Peanus said:
I genuinely can’t help but read every Ford article as a gushing, unsubtle paid content.

Am I broken?
This is probably because Fords are generally great cars to drive.

lee_erm

705 posts

128 months

Friday 9th November
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When Ford of Europe are in charge the cars are usually excellent.

David87

5,000 posts

147 months

Friday 9th November
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I think I'm going to have to have a go in one of these, but I fear it could lead to an impromptu purchase. hehe Looking forward to see what Mountune offer for it.

wab172uk

1,093 posts

162 months

Friday 9th November
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Ahbefive said:
With the diff for occasional track fun, this does seem to be a great all rounder.

I'd still like them to make a fiesta RS though.
^^^^^ This

I'm seriously thinking of ordering a new Fiesta ST next year. I'm hanging on for both waiting times to come down, and the discounts to start rising.

But I'm also hanging on as I'm hoping Ford will announce they are going to build a Fiesta RS. Now that would be a fantastic car.

Onehp

672 posts

218 months

Friday 9th November
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Would buy one in a heart beat (if we needed a small HH).

Trikster

535 posts

137 months

Friday 9th November
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Mrs T and I are considering one for our daily hack - had a base hire Fiesta on hols and were impressed with the size and drive so took an ST-2 out for a quick spin at the weekend - both love it but Mrs T, being slightly shorter, found the seats pushed her shoulders forward so it was uncomfortable (she’s OK in other cars we have with bucket seats). Has anyone else found this?

We’re now awaiting an extended test drive to see if she can get comfortable but the dealer has sold it’s demo....


Dale487

787 posts

58 months

Friday 9th November
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Trikster said:
Mrs T and I are considering one for our daily hack - had a base hire Fiesta on hols and were impressed with the size and drive so took an ST-2 out for a quick spin at the weekend - both love it but Mrs T, being slightly shorter, found the seats pushed her shoulders forward so it was uncomfortable (she’s OK in other cars we have with bucket seats). Has anyone else found this?

We’re now awaiting an extended test drive to see if she can get comfortable but the dealer has sold it’s demo....
I've found the seats a bit on the tight side on the ones I've had a sit in - but I'm 6'2".

tsp

23 posts

40 months

Friday 9th November
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I agree with everything said in this article. I am so pleased with my Fiesta ST. I had a Focus ST before but the smaller size of the Fiesta makes it much more fun to drive.

Now looking forward to seeing what mountune will bring to the new engine.

willmagrath

866 posts

81 months

Friday 9th November
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I have the 'old' fiesta st, the 1.6 ecoboost, and the fuel economy on that is still very impressive. 70mph cruise gets around 52mpg. A great all rounder.

Turbobanana

1,160 posts

136 months

Friday 9th November
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only1ian said:
“more eager of the time”
I call that, and raise "you're view ahead is clear" smile

Since changed, which opens up another issue: PH staff seem to avoid commenting on here these days (Lewis excepted), I guess in light of the numerous - and well deserved - slaggings about the lack of proof reading.


Edited by Turbobanana on Friday 9th November 15:28

greenarrow

1,416 posts

52 months

Friday 9th November
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willmagrath said:
I have the 'old' fiesta st, the 1.6 ecoboost, and the fuel economy on that is still very impressive. 70mph cruise gets around 52mpg. A great all rounder.
That's good to know. I've been thinking that in a year or so from now, it'll be time to chop in our Mk6 ST for a Mk7.

We always buy cars when they're at least 6 years old to minimise deprecation! So at this rate, we'll be in a Mk8 ST in about 2024! Except that we wont. Once my need for a large family car goes, I'll be running around in something like a Fiesta!

Also, I agree that the ST is like the Golf GTI. Does everything well and now roomy enough to be an only car, if you don't need a massive boot.

Edited by greenarrow on Friday 9th November 12:39

Big Robbo

11 posts

81 months

Friday 9th November
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I've had mine 4weeks and managed to clock up over 1000 miles! It's fairly economic to run averaging 41 mpg and I always seem to be taking the fun way home.
The only glitch has been a sticking screen not helped by a poor dealership
Other than that it's a fantastic motor

Kenny Powers

1,814 posts

62 months

Friday 9th November
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Sadly I have no place for one of these, but my gosh I bet they look absolutely amazing in Magnetic. Love that colour so much cloud9

Onehp

672 posts

218 months

Friday 9th November
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Trikster said:
... found the seats pushed her shoulders forward so it was uncomfortable (she’s OK in other cars we have with bucket seats). Has anyone else found this?...
FWIW I had this with the GT86 test drive(s), consequently owned one for almost 5 years without any discomfort, seems I just adapted to it. But like theys say, YMMV...

Edited by Onehp on Friday 9th November 13:58

daydotz

1,383 posts

96 months

Friday 9th November
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If you don't like the 3 cyl pumaspeed have a solution http://www.pumaspeed.co.uk/viewadvice.jsp?newsID=9...hehe