Another modest addition to the compact hot-hatch segment, that includes the likes of the Mini John Cooper Works and the Fiat 500 Abarth , is America’s very own Ford Fiesta ST. With the initials “ST,” this variant of the Ford Fiesta brings more power and a sporty looking exterior kit to the table, a standard expected in every hot-hatch that is sold today.
Developed by the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States, the Fiesta ST is the latest that sports the “Sports Technologies” badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier this year with the launch of the Focus ST.
The ST brand is Ford’s initiative to prove to its customers that small cars can be fun and exciting to drive. People can not only enjoy the practicality of a hatchback but also a delicate mix of power, looks and fuel economy.
UPDATE 03/04/13: Ford has officially released the price for 2014 Fiesta ST. Hop on over after the jump to find out how much it’s going to cost.
Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Exterior and Interior
The Ford Fiesta ST, just like any Ford, follows the Kinetic design language. It is basically the standard Ford Fiesta fitted with aftermarket parts. These added features do breathe some new life into the boring old Fiesta.
These Features include a gaping, in-your-face grille, a new chin spoiler, and a reworked rear fascia shaped to look like a diffuser. Dual exhaust outlets and a roof spoiler make do in the rear, and the car sits on ST-exclusive 17-inch wheels.
The Fiesta ST has picked up a few tricks from its bigger brother, the Focus ST, that include a sound symposer that enhances aural pleasure by piping sound directly into the cabin, an electronically controlled, brake-based torque-vectoring setup, and a three-mode stability-control system with settings for full-on, full-off, and sport.
The interior will get Recaro seats and specially designed pedals, a new steering wheel, and gearshift. The rear seats have also been given extra padding to allow for a more comfortable ride.
The power comes from a fuel-sipping 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that also powers the other smaller vehicles from Ford — the Ford Fusion and the Ford Focus families. Being termed as a hot-hatch, the car doesn’t really scream “powerhouse” when you consider the petite 1.6-liter unite under its hood.
Fortunately, Ford strapped a turbocharger to the tiny engine, which makes the 4-pot now produce an outstanding 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. For a car that’s the size of a shoe, that is a lot of power. So much that it, literally, blows the competition out of the water. Very feisty indeed!
Though the Fiesta ST is powerful, it certainly doesn’t compromise on fuel efficiency. Thanks to the 1.6-liter 4-pot, the car is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg. The turbocharged power is transmitted through a 6-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. Upgrades include beefier brakes, stiffer suspension system and a 0.6-inch lower ride height.
The Fiesta ST definitely checks off all of the boxes in our hot-hatch-requirement list.
|Engine Output||197 Horsepower and 214 Pound-Feet of Torque|
|Fuel Economy||Est. 34 mpg Highway|
|Acceleration (0-60 mph)||TBD|
Prices and Availability
The base model of the Fiesta ST has been priced at $21,000, excluding $795 for destination. The number is relatively cheaper than the $23,000 Fiat 500 Abarth and much cheaper than the MINI JCW and the $31,000 it commands.
Should you wish to add more accessories to the line-up, costing could reach about $26,000, give or take a few of those added accessories.
The Ford Fiesta ST sees competition from small hot-hatches, like the Mini John Cooper Works and the Fiat 500 Abarth . The Mini JCW crosses the 200-horsepower mark for a mini hatchback, but it does come at a premium. Being $11,000 costlier than the ST, the Mini JCW is a hot-hatch that suits those looking for supreme build quality, retro design and performance.
The Fiat 500 Abarth, is what can be described as a top-of-the-line Nike sneakers. It’s light and drives like a nimble little bug. Though agility is standard in the 500 Abarth, it still is powerful, thanks to the 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Abarth’s treatment takes the Fiat 500’s awkward style, slaps on flaring arches and some gaping holes. Priced at $23,000, it doesn’t really try it’s best to convince a customer to look away from the Ford Fiesta ST.
- Impressive performance for a little shoe.
- 6-speed manual transmission.
- Great fuel efficiency without compromising power.
- Large gaping grille