New Ford Fiesta ST could be the new hot hatch champ: Here’s 10 reasons why
Ford has put its new Fiesta ST model on sale in the UK – and it starts at under £19,000.
That means the hot hatch is significantly cheaper than the Peugeot 208 GTI and Renault Clio RS, other leading contenders in the battle for a fiercely competitive segment.
Fans of the souped-up Fiesta – a long-time favourite on the UK hot hatch scene – will be pleased to see it has an entry-level ST-1 trim price tag of £18,995.
ST-2 trim starts from £19,995 in three-door guise and £20,645 for the five-door model and adds significant goodies like heated front seats and blue seatbelts, B&O PLAY premium sound system and Ford SYNC3 DAB radio with a larger eight-inch touchscreen as standard.
The three-door ST-3 model is priced from £21,495 while the five-door ST-3 starts from £22,145.
All Fiesta ST models are equipped a significant range of extras over ordinary Fiesta models, including heated electric door mirrors, Ford SYNC3 DAB radio with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, cruise control, and a safety-minded NCAP Pack, which includes a speed limiter and Lane-Keeping Alert.
Here are ten reasons we think the new Fiesta ST will be a winner:
- It’s fast: the new Fiesta ST accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.5sec, and has a top speed of 144mph
- It’s powerful: 200PS and 290nm of torque are available on demand when required
- It’s economical: the all-new, three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine has an official combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg, and CO2 emissions of 136g/km. Not half bad for a ‘hot hatch’
- There are lots of nice sporty extras: every model has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro seats and ST sports suspension as standard
- Great tyres: All Fiesta ST models are also fitted with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, available for both 17in and 18in alloy wheels
- New cylinder deactivation technology: said to be a world first for a three cylinder engine, it further improves fuel efficiency by automatically stopping fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the cylinders at appropriate times
- It’s the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes: – Normal, Sport and Track settings can be selected according to driving conditions or personal preferences
- There’s a new soundtrack: Drive Modes will adjust the ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve, which amplifies the sound of the engine note
- It’s innovative: an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) for optimised cornering grip is offered
- It’s safe: not that boy racers will give it too much thought, but Ford has - the new ST achieved the maximum five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP testing.
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