RE: Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

RE: Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

Friday 25th January

Ford Fiesta ST: PH Fleet

Our much-loved three-pot hot hatch departs, but not before proving its worth one final time



They say that summer tyres work best in temperatures above about seven degrees Celsius, and that performance rubber needs around a couple of degrees more than that to grip as intended. So when I set off for Bicester Heritage one bitter January morning, it's fair to assume that the Michelin Pilot Super Sports fitted to our ST were a bit outside of their comfort zone.

Yet as I powered along the Beaconsfield Services slip road and up to motorway pace behind Ben's 321hp RS Megane, the little Fiesta and its summer-focused tyres did remarkably well. Hot hatches can sometimes scrabble and judder as their fronts try to claw into a cold surface (we're looking at you MQB cars), like a puppy attempting to sprint after a ball on laminate flooring. But the effectiveness of the mechanical Quaife limited-slip diff perched between our ST's driveshafts was clear. It smoothly distributed 200hp and 214lb ft into the tarmac, allowing only a dozen or so over-rotations when steering lock was applied.


Rather than hampering progress, however, these slips serve to remind us that there's a lot of energy going through the front tyres. Because the Fiesta, now having ticked past 6,500 miles, feels perkier than ever, pulling more strongly and urgently than a 200hp hot hatch ought to and with a deeper, more muscular tone than anything else in this class. It meant that in this short burst of acceleration en route to Bicester, Ben's Meg never got the chance to utilise its power advantage. This, like several other times over the past three months, was an example of how our car can feel quicker than you'd expect - and on an early January morning, the pace provided a welcome shot of adrenaline to kick the day off.

Parked up and ticking away on PH's section of Bicester Heritage, it was impressive to see how much attention our Fiesta got. Sure, the ST is still a fairly rare sight on UK roads, what with only about 3,000 having been delivered so far (just over five per cent of the Fiesta mix), so some attention is expected. But the number of people that stopped and walked over to peer through its windows or examine the ST additions showed just how much respect this three-pot model already has. Especially among proper enthusiasts, who you might have expected to prefer the 911s and TVR that were parked a little further on.


I've certainly noticed people of all ages and both genders appreciating its form over the past three months, though, particularly at night, when the LED lights add to the ST's tidy front end. To these eyes, it's a prettier, more sporting form than even the Polo GTI, which costs a couple of grand more but is no faster or more generously equipped than the ST-3. Sure, the German's optional digital instrument cluster pushes things up a notch inside, but the Fiesta's never felt wanting for tech. Actually, the whole cabin feels as solid and well put together as the German's, and there are no audible rattles even when the powerful optional sound system is turned up to maximum.

So our car has now departed the PH Fleet. A short tenure it was, yet the ST has burrowed so deep beneath our skin that it's barely a week since it left and I'm missing it greatly. In its time some have complained about the firm ride, but to me, it was always confident and composed and never crashy. As a car to live with and enjoy, it ticked all the boxes and more - and was always only a squeeze of the throttle away from being hilarious, although it could also hunker down and be a serious hot hatch if you wanted it to be.


Honestly, our car got better and better as the miles piled on, standing up to the heavy-footed demands of a PHer without complaint and, perhaps most impressively, offering genuine frugality that to this day still impresses. In fact, it's had such a marked impact on us that Ben has even found himself speccing an ST up online, which is a great compliment given the level of cars our man has owned over the years. Perhaps, then, we won't be without a new ST for that long. That'd certainly be fine by me.

FACT SHEET

Car: Ford Fiesta ST-3
On fleet since: October 2018
Run by: Sam Sheehan
Mileage: 6,545
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: Fiesta departs but not without flaunting its talents one final time

Previous reports:
Say ST-hi to our new fast Ford long-termer
Downsizing devotee after miracle MPG
To Leeds and back in the ST




Author
Discussion

Chris Jay

Original Poster:

182 posts

67 months

Friday 25th January
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Looks a cracking little car this. Some well designed wheels would set it off a treat, these pictured are terrible.

justa1972

131 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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Mileage 56545 ??

justa1972

131 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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Just a shame they are so expensive to finance or I would be very interested....

stavr0ss

24 posts

66 months

Friday 25th January
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3k down and 250 a month? I thought it was quite reasonable once you drop in a modest car wow discount.

charltjr

3,499 posts

133 months

Friday 25th January
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justa1972 said:
Just a shame they are so expensive to finance or I would be very interested....
2.9% APR finance and 10% off list easily available. Bigger discounts once it’s been out for a while, no doubt.
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justa1972

131 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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Bearing in mind you can get a Leon Cupra for £250 a month with less than 3k down...

justa1972

131 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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Bearing in mind you can get a Leon Cupra for £250 a month with less than 3k down...

NLP

2 posts

8 months

Friday 25th January
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justa1972 said:
Bearing in mind you can get a Leon Cupra for £250 a month with less than 3k down...
Any links? Got a friend who that would interest greatly.

shibby!

860 posts

136 months

Friday 25th January
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We just picked our up last weekend for the wife.

I think its a great car! It replaced a 2007 Civic Type R which we have had for nearly 10 years and 120k miles which really grew on us all these years. She was a little unsure about replacing the Civic, i suppose an emotional attachment to it. But she really loves this new Fiesta, first time i have ever seen her clean a car!!

Pretty much the same spec as above ST2

Blue
Upgraded wheels
Performance pack
Keyless entry
B&O stereo

We got a decent deal i think.

12k miles per year. 2.5k down (old Civic) and 259 per month.



Cheers




IanJ9375

757 posts

154 months

Friday 25th January
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Assuming the mileage is a typo at 56545 since October.....?

Sam Sheehan

22 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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IanJ9375 said:
Assuming the mileage is a typo at 56545 since October.....?
Yep, unfortunately a typo. I'd have loved to have kept the car long enough to reach that figure!

BenLowden

1,379 posts

115 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Friday 25th January
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As Sam has kindly mentioned, I was seriously impressed with this car when he eventually gave up the keys. I was pretty disappointed by the last model when we tested in against my 208 GTI long termer but this really makes up for it.

Still not quite as agile ultimately as the 208 GTI by PS, but such a well rounded product. The perfect amount of power and size to have lots of fun on our roads. One to add to the wish list in My Garage...

coupe20VT

14 posts

135 months

Friday 25th January
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NLP said:
Any links? Got a friend who that would interest greatly.
National Vehicle Solutions normally do good deals on the Cupra. I ended up going direct to Seat Pentagon in Oldham and got a great deal of Cupra 300, DSG 5 door, adaptive cruise, eclipse orange for £2400 down and £201 pcm for 23 months on a lease agreement.

PCP will be a bit more.

acme

1,962 posts

136 months

Friday 25th January
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BenLowden said:
I was pretty disappointed by the last model when we tested in against my 208 GTI long termer but this really makes up for it.

...
I'd be interested in your comment re the old model and why you found it a disappointment?


Cheers

NLP

2 posts

8 months

Friday 25th January
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coupe20VT said:
National Vehicle Solutions normally do good deals on the Cupra. I ended up going direct to Seat Pentagon in Oldham and got a great deal of Cupra 300, DSG 5 door, adaptive cruise, eclipse orange for £2400 down and £201 pcm for 23 months on a lease agreement.

PCP will be a bit more.
Thanks.

charltjr

3,499 posts

133 months

Friday 25th January
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justa1972 said:
Bearing in mind you can get a Leon Cupra for £250 a month with less than 3k down...
Ah, now I see where you’re coming from. To be fair, those Leon deals are rediculously good and would need significant manufacturer support behind them. Very unlikely that sort of deal would be available on a recently launched car with such good reviews. Also, aren’t they PCH deals?

justa1972

131 posts

75 months

Friday 25th January
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charltjr said:
Ah, now I see where you’re coming from. To be fair, those Leon deals are rediculously good and would need significant manufacturer support behind them. Very unlikely that sort of deal would be available on a recently launched car with such good reviews. Also, aren’t they PCH deals?
Yes they are lease deals - the ST is over £300 a month even on a lease !

charltjr

3,499 posts

133 months

Friday 25th January
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Yep, to be fair it says more about how much money SEAT are chucking at subsidising the Leon, but a lot of cars are made to look pretty pricy by that comparison.

Deals will no doubt come along later in the car’s lifecycle, there were some blinding deals on the old ST. It’s too early yet though.

greenarrow

1,520 posts

55 months

Friday 25th January
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Interested by the comment that it wasn't behind left behind by a 321BHP Megane RS and feeling very potent. In this months EVO John Barker commented that his LT Fiesta was making the full 197BHP "and no more", after a back to back drive in his 2007 Golf GTI, which presumably he thinks feels similar pace or only slightly slower despite its extra weight.

I think this is a great car. Doesn't seem to have a significant flaw, a really great all-rounder and perfect pace to enjoy on our roads. Quick enough to despatch your average diesel rep mobile but not so fast you get banned after pinning the throttle down for 5 or 6 seconds......

noble12345

277 posts

154 months

Friday 25th January
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4th on Evo Car of the Year 2018 thumbup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D1ok9Zf1Tk

600LT won of course, congrats McLaren clap