The Ford Fiesta is an absolute sales monster. It has been the number one best-selling car in the UK since 2009 and the awesome latest generation model suggests it’ll stay that way for many years yet.
Regardless of how great the Fiesta is on a normal day, there’s one version that particularly piques our interest in the Petrol News office and that’s the sporty ST offshoot.
Ahead of its arrival this summer, here’s everything you need to know about the most super of superminis:
What’s under the bonnet?
The new Fiesta ST is driven by the all-new three-cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, producing 196bhp and up to 290Nm of torque, via a six-speed manual gearbox.
So it’s nippy then?
Yep, it’ll clear a 0-62mph sprint in 6.5 seconds before going on to a top speed of 144mph.
It guzzles fuel for fun though, eh?
That three-pot petrol features new cylinder deactivation technology, which switches off cylinders when it doesn’t need them, thus limiting and optimising fuel consumption.
Ford says this technology can disengage and re-engage 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.
As such, the new Fiesta ST can return a combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 136g/km.
Does it have any fancy driving modes?
It does, three of them: normal, sport and track.
These modify engine, steering and stability settings for an optimised fun-to-drive experience in all conditions.
The more ferocious modes amplify the sound of the car’s exhaust note via the Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve.
Is it safe?
Very. Car safety assessors Euro NCAP were impressed enough to award the Fiesta ST a maximum five-star rating.
I think I’d prefer a compact SUV instead…
You can get the best of both worlds with the Fiesta Active crossover, which has the raised ride height and rugged looks you’ll find with many soft-roaders.
I’m sold, how much?
Ford is asking at least £18,995 for the Fiesta ST, with that list price stretching to £19,995 for the three-door mid-spec ST-2 (five-door: £20,645) and topping out at £21,495/£22,145 for the ST-3.
What does that get me?
Anyone buying a new Fiesta ST can expect a fair amount of sporty kit.
Standard equipment includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro seats and ST sports suspension, electric heated wing mirrors, DAB radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, cruise control and safety kit like lane-keeping alert and speed limiter. Every Fiesta ST is fitted with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres too.
For £19,995/£20,645, the ST-2 steps things up by adding climate control, heated Recaro front seats with blue seatbelts, B&O Play premium sound system and a larger eight-inch touchscreen.
Finally, the range-topping ST-3 (£21,495/£22,145) goes flat out with 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers (also available on ST-2 models for £350 and £75 respectively), satellite navigation, automatic rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and driver assistance features including traffic sign recognition, auto high beam and driver alert.
Those opting for the ST-2 or ST-3 can choose to add full LED headlamps for £600 or the Performance Pack (£850). This package adds a Quaife limited slip differential, launch control and performance shift lights so money well spent most likely.
Other optional extras available across the range include blind spot information system (BLIS) with cross traffic alert (£475).
What colour does it come in?
One of seven: race red, frozen white, magnetic (like a gun metal grey), moondust silver, shadow black, silver fox and – new to the Fiesta ST – performance blue (aka dark-ish blue – see the picture at the top).
When can I have one?
Orders are being accepted now with first deliveries commencing this summer.