Why we’re running it: To determine whether the country’s best-selling new car is as worthy of that title as its brilliant predecessor was
Life with a Ford Fiesta ST-Line: Month 5
The nation’s biggest-selling car leaves the Autocar fleet with its head held high – and ours downcast at its departure - 14th November 2018
When we first said hello to our shiny new Ford Fiesta ST-Line in May, we did so with trepidation.
This was a stylish, sporty hatchback with a respectable 138bhp, but it cost £19,495 when our car’s options were accounted for, making it £200 pricier than an entry-level ST. Before even getting out of the starting blocks, it faced a bit of a struggle to justify treading on the toes of its more focused cousin. Not to mention elbowing its way into the premium end of the hatchback realm. Was our car an example of a Fiesta that’s too expensive for its own good?
Things got off to a good start. Now as much as then, the latest-generation Fiesta’s smart cabin design and premium-feeling interior surfaces really reward forking out on higher-spec trim. In particular, the ST-Line’s soft perforated leather steering wheel and well-bolstered seats feel like they’ve come from a car in the class above and the optional (£350) 8.0in touchscreen, complete with Apple CarPlay, is as intuitive and reactive as any in this class.