Is The New Ford Fiesta ST Still The Affordable Hot Hatch King?

The previous-gen Ford Fiesta ST was one of the most praised hot hatches in the market and that puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the new model, which is now launched in Europe (sorry US, no Fiesta ST for you).

The switch to a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine is one of the highlights here, with the new Fiesta ST now offering 197hp (200PS) and 213lb-ft (290Nm) of peak torque.

The new engine also features a cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel economy, while an active exhaust helps it provide an engaging soundtrack. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 6.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the outgoing model, while top speed is rated at 144 mph (232 km/h).

The new Fiesta ST’s suspension uses special force vectoring springs in order to make the small hot hatch handle more sharply and provide a better feedback to the driver. Purists will also be pleased to hear that Ford is offering a mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential and a Launch Control system in the options list – and with that kind of power, we’d definitely tick the box for the LSD.

There are also three different drive modes to choose from: Normal, Sport and Track. The modes alter the engine’s response, steering, exhaust and stability control.

Is the new Ford Fiesta ST still the king of the small hot hatch segment? Carwow deliver their first driving impressions in the following video.

  • JGreen

    “(sorry US, no Fiesta ST for you)”

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    This clown is the only bloke that doesn’t like the thing. Every other review has been very positive, including Henry Catchpole whose opinion I trust.

    • Six Thousand Times

      His criticsms seemed reasonable, though. Good to also hear the downsides, I always think.

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