Ford Fiesta ST: The World’s Subcompact Car Gets Very Sporty

After an enjoyable test drive with the Fiesta TI, I became more curious to test the more powerful and sportier ST.

Going from Burlington to Detroit for the 2014 NAIAS was a perfect opportunity to know this car better. Within one week, after driving just shy of 1200 kilometers, I gathered  nice memories about and engaging, compact sports car.

Including the options like power moonroof, Ford Sync with navigation and 17" painted wheels, the MSRP is just south of 30 grand (29,577)

Including the options like power moonroof, Ford Sync with navigation and 17″ painted wheels, the MSRP is just south of 30 grand (29,577)

 

Painted in optional “Molten Orange Metallic Tricoat” ($400) this ST had arguably the best colour reflecting its energy and sportiness. Its larger (than ST) 17-inch alloy wheels (available in two different finishes), bespoke ST grille, unique spoiler, and ST badging made a difference while approaching the Atwater Parking acroos the Renaissance Centre, home of General Motors in Detroit in early morning’s polar vortex. And if other journalists haven’t recognized the visual clues, they definitely heard the engine note and the turbo whine.

Powered by a 1.6L EcoBoost engine with 198 hp and 201 lb-ft of torque, the Fiesta is one of the best options for the buck in the non-premium subcompact class.

The 1.6 liter, turbo-charged ecoboost engine delivers 197 HP at 6000 rpm and a torque of 202 lbft at 4200 rpm. This high-revving sports machine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The 1.6 liter, turbo-charged ecoboost engine delivers 197 HP at 6000 rpm and a torque of 202 lbft at 4200 rpm. This high-revving sports machine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Yet, I advice some caution. I was caught by radar while cruising at around 137 km/h from Woodstock to Hamilton on my back home.

One of the best things I will remember about the Fiesta ST: The very precise manual, siz-speed gearbox that reminded me of the joy of driving of my youth.

The Recaro sport seats make you feel the difference on curvy country roads. For the daily urban commuting, I would rather prefer conventional seats. with less lateral grip.

The Recaro sport seats make you feel the difference on curvy country roads. For the daily urban commuting, I would rather prefer conventional seats. with less lateral grip.

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In Paris, ON

In Paris, ON

The optional Pirelli 205/40/R17 winter tires provide a safe grip on snowy and icy surfaces.

The optional Pirelli 205/40/R17 winter tires provide a safe grip on snowy and icy surfaces.

In Best Western Greenfield, Dearborn, MI.

In Best Western Greenfield, Dearborn, MI.

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The instrumentation is nicely designed and gauges are easy to read.

The instrumentation is nicely designed and gauges are easy to read.

 

The Specs

Type of vehicle Front-wheel drive sub-compact
Power 1.6L GTDI 4-cylinder
Transmission Six-speed manual
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Tires P205/40/R17 winter tires
Price: base/as tested $24,999/$29,577
Destination charge $1,550 (included in the price)
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) 7.0 city, 5.0 highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Molten Orance Metallic Ricoat ($400), Power moonroff ($1,200), Navigation/Sony audio ($800), 17″ Premium Painted Wheels

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada via BHG Media

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