New Fiesta ST3 crowns hot hatch range, with new equipment but same performance as the current car

Ford has introduced a new version of the Fiesta ST hot hatchback with a higher-specification level. 

Priced at £19,250, the new flagship Fiesta ST3 gets DAB and sat-nav as standard, keyless entry, cruise control, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dim rear-view mirror, power-fold door mirrors and automatic climate control. Rear parking sensors are also available as a £250 option.

The ST range starts at £17,250, with the current ST2 priced at £18,250. Ford says that, in total, there is around £1400 of extra equipment fitted to the new car.

Ford says the ST2 accounts for 90 per cent of Fiesta ST sales and there is demand for a higher-spec version. The ST3 has the same 180bhp 1.6 turbo engine and performance as 
the ST and ST2, and can reach 62mph in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 139mph. CO2 emissions are rated at 138g/km, while economy sits at 47.9mpg.

A choice of five exterior colours will be available, mated to two interior colour schemes.

Ford says it has sold 6250 Fiesta STs since the new model was launched a year ago, around 20 per cent more than originally forecast.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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23 April 2014
Good to see they've been selling well. No surprises on them selling more st2 versions, especially if financed as monthly payments won't be a huge jump.

autocar wrote:

The ST range starts at £17,250, with the current ST2 priced at £18,250. Ford says that, in total, there is around £1400 of extra equipment fitted to the new car.

I assume that the 1400 extra equipment over the st2, not the base model

23 April 2014
All that and still no 5 door option, can't help but feel they're missing a trick

 

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23 April 2014
Ford need to be careful as there's a BIG elephant in the room ... The Suzuki Swift Sport is almost as good as the Fiesta ST and is £6,000 cheaper, whilst giving you exactly the same equipment level as the ST3 ...

23 April 2014
Suzuki QT wrote:

Ford need to be careful as there's a BIG elephant in the room ... The Suzuki Swift Sport is almost as good as the Fiesta ST...........

Indeed the Swift Sport is a great car but it’s a bit smaller (4 inches) and most importantly for this category around 65hp down (ST on overboost)

 

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23 April 2014
Your post smacks salesman. I wonder if you really are a Suzuki dealer?

23 April 2014
Such a great little car.

The Swift Sport is great, but it's engine really is no match for the Ecoboost turbo. I've driven both and the Fiesta is a 10/10 car, the Swift 8,5/10 in my book.

23 April 2014
I have driven the Swift, and and whilst it was fairly nice, I got a feeling it was definitely built to a budget, and a bit cheap.

23 April 2014
"The Swift Sport is cheap, pretty and chuckable. Only the quality of the Ford Fiesta keeps it from best in class" (Autocar) ... I said the Swift was "almost" as good ... The point I was making is that the Fiesta ST3 is very expensive in comparison, especially as the Swift comes with the same generous kit (if not the same engine!) ...

23 April 2014
You would need a pair of binoculars to read something from that screen!

The Fiesta ST is a great hot hatch but it isn't a premium car - that screen is tiny and I wouldn't have thought that the cruise control is particularly intelligent - self braking etc.

23 April 2014
About 3 have been sold in Australia so far....
Why?
No auto trans.
Will Ford never get the message, look at VW (and even Hyundai/Kia)!
All of which sell hot hatches like hot cakes, but THEY ARE ALL AUTO!

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

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