A riot to drive, but not for the shy and retiring

Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta ST
Can the Fiesta ST be one of the great fast Fords?

The popular hatchback gets the hot ‘ST’ treatment

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What is it?

This is a dealer-fit engine and exhaust upgrade for the Fiesta ST. For £1838 (plus fitting), you get an upgraded induction kit, a very naughty-sounding exhaust, a tweaked ECU, and new camshafts and valve springs.

The result is 183bhp – not bad for an engine with no turbo or VTEC-style trickery. You can also buy a 163bhp version that does without the upgraded camshafts and valve springs for £1435.

What’s it like?

Loud. Start it up and the trumpet-shaped exhaust settles into a gruff, slightly flatulent idle. This is not a car for refined, shrinking–violet types.

Move off and you’ll notice a sharp clutch action and a paucity of low-down torque. But you forget the trickiness of the drivetrain once you wind the little Fiesta up a bit.

Beyond 4000rpm, things start to get properly exciting. The bubbling exhaust note hardens into a menacing growl, and you can hear the high-flow induction sucking ever more air into the cylinders.

There’s even a Racing Puma-style pop and crackle on the over-run. It’s addictive. Fast, too – Ford reckons the tweaked ST will hit 60mph in 6.9sec. That’s nearly a second quicker than the standard car.

The rest of the package is more of a mixed bag. The quality of the plastics betrays the design’s age. On the other hand, it remains a good-looking car and is refreshingly compact compared with a Clio or a Peugeot 207.

We’re not sure about the £605 KW suspension kit, either – there’s a suppleness to the standard ST’s suspension that’s entirely missing in the 300mm lower upgraded kit. And the £1950 part-suede Recaros? They’re lovely, but way too expensive.

Should I buy one?

If you like your hot hatches relaxed, refined and easy to drive, then look elsewhere. But the Mountune Fiesta is a riot to drive on the right road. If you really want to satisfy the boy racer in you, this is the way to do it.

Matt Rigby

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16 January 2008

Typo there - 300mm lowered suspension? 30mm perhaps?

19 January 2008

Also, it should be the Fiesta ST Essex.

20 January 2008

[quote Richard Lyle]Also, it should be the Fiesta ST Essex[/quote]

Nearly, not quite there. Being a resident of the glorious county (snigger), it shout actually be called....

Fiesta ST Essix Init

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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