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New Ford Fiesta ST could be the new hot hatch champ: Here’s 10 reasons why

By Paul Connolly

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:

  1. It’s fast: the new Fiesta ST accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.5sec, and has a top speed of 144mph
  2. It’s powerful: 200PS and 290nm of torque are available on demand when required
  3. 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’
  4. There are lots of nice sporty extras: every model has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro seats and ST sports suspension as standard
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. It’s innovative: an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) for optimised cornering grip is offered
  10. 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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