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Added high-rev fireworks make fast Ford Fiesta even more compelling. Awesome-value option on awesome-value car

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?

The Ford Fiesta ST: one of the best new hot hatchbacks we’ve tested lately and – manna from heaven for a road tester – a car whose greatness depends not a jot on optional equipment.

There is one alloy wheel and tyre combination (you can have the former painted if you like), one body style, one suspension set-up and one transmission. It’s just impossible to buy a badly specced car.

The options list is beautifully brief, too, the most expensive item on it being Molten Orange paint at £725. There is, however, one new option for the Fiesta ST, which threatens to add a hint of complication to a blissfully simple buying process: an engine upgrade offered by Essex tuner Mountune Performance.

What's it like?

The waters haven't been muddied too much, because you should just have it. ‘It’ will cost you £599 at any Mountune-accredited Ford dealer. ‘It’ doesn’t affect your Ford warranty. ‘It’ consists of a new airbox, filter, hose and an ECU remap.

And ‘it’ takes the Fiesta’s 1.6-litre engine to 212bhp and 236lb ft and shaves three-tenths of a second off its 0-62mph sprint. To 60mph, the difference is big enough to make a Mountune Ford Fiesta ST a sub-6.5sec car.

In everyday driving, you notice several improvements. The extra torque means you can often sweep into motorway gaps without changing down. The extra power, meanwhile, chimes in with a hard-edged flare of combustion noise at 4500rpm, and allows you to get much closer to the red line before the engine runs short of breath in classic turbo fashion. That in itself makes flat-chat acceleration more exciting.

The rest of the ST experience is unaltered, and brilliant. You’ll love the way the car grips at the front wheels and pivots under your backside. You’ll love how directly it steers and refuses to roll. 

Fast Ford devotees will probably even love the slightly yobby, track-car-hard ride. Passengers may not agree, of course. But you’ll be having so much fun that you honestly won’t care.

Should I buy one?

Absolutely. In a hot supermini class filling up with monotone and mediocrity, this engine kit makes one more distinguishing feature on a quite outstanding driver’s car. One that effortlessly transcends its nearest rivals, like the Peugeot 208 GTI, and demands consideration in an altogether broader sense.

Truth is, you could spend £30k on a hot hatchback this year and end up not having as much fun as you would in an £18k Ford Fiesta ST. This is something of a masterstroke.

Ford Fiesta ST Mountune

Price £17,594; 0-60mph 6.4sec; Top speed TBC; Economy TBC; CO2 TBC; Kerbweight 1163kg; Engine 4cyls, 1596cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 212bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 236lb ft at 2750-3500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual

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6 August 2013

Come on everybody!,lets get down to the dealers.....?,anyone guess why not?.

Peter Cavellini.

6 August 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Come on everybody!,lets get down to the dealers.....?,anyone guess why not?.

Enlighten us ... Is it because it looks cheap and nasty from the outside and feels equally cheap and nasty on the inside? ... But what do you expect from a sub-£20K supermini? ... It's no VW Polo GTi and "Essex lads" will love it ...

6 August 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Come on everybody!,lets get down to the dealers.....?,anyone guess why not?.

Enlighten us ... Is it because it looks cheap and nasty from the outside and feels equally cheap and nasty on the inside? ... But what do you expect from a sub-£20K supermini? ... It's no VW Polo GTi and "Essex lads" will love it ...

I like Fords and generally feel most of their models have superb dynamics, while not having much compromise for everyday use. However, they do not feel like products, especially inside. They are no better or worse put together than many cars, but the quality and feel of the materials are pretty poor and almost worse than anything elose on the market, bar most Japanese cars. And the styling outside doesn't lend to a feeling of quality or sophistication either. Ford were on the right track about 10 years ago, but they seem to have lost their way and I just think they are now expensive cheap feeling and looking cars.

6 August 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Come on everybody!,lets get down to the dealers.....?,anyone guess why not?.

 Because it's cheaper buying it thru a broker? Nope? I give in.

Your second reply just confuses matters further. Try plain English for us 'simple' folk.

jer

6 August 2013

There again maybe not because regardless of how much fun it is I need something more rounded or with 5 doors.

6 August 2013

1000 sold already! Crikey! Those 'Rental Car Hire Firm.Com' were quick off the mark on that one. I'll have a 3mth old with 15,000 miles please, with the added 'sick smell', scuffy plastics, dented all over and no service history, please. £???????????

A34

6 August 2013

jer wrote:

There again maybe not because regardless of how much fun it is I need something more rounded or with 5 doors.

+1. Ford Marketing maybe didnt get the message that there is a recession on and the Fiesta is anyway the size of the Escort Mk1 Small Family car. But as they are selling all they can build then I guess we won't see a 5dr soon...

6 August 2013

Fair comment Suzuki QT. 

For pretentious social appearances  - Polo GTI.

For those that want fun - Fiesta ST.

 

 


6 August 2013

Indeed. The Mountune Upgrade enables the ST to match and outclass its rivals in terms of speed. In terms of handling and fun its already streets ahead.

The only criticism so far - other than veiled hints of badge snobbery - concerns firm ride. But as Matt says the driver will be having too much fun to mind that.

6 August 2013

The question is, why don't Ford make this the standard spec for the STI?

I guess the answer is that by offering the upgrade as an aftermarket kit, it avoids the need to comply with the Euro 5 emission standard for type Approval - and/or possibly the extra power comes with a disproportionate increase in fuel consumption and induction noise. That's my guess, but it would be good to know what the downsides are. There is always a compromise somewhere.

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