New Ford Fiesta ST Is Better, But Not As Sharp As Its Predecessor

The previous Ford Fiesta ST was a fun car to drive, but now there’s a new one out.

It’s still front-wheel drive, has a six-speed manual transmission and the engine has actually lost a cylinder. However, it now gets torque vectoring, adaptive dampers, launch control and switchable driving modes, as well as an optional mechanical limited slip differential.

The new 1.5-liter three-cylinder produces 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque. It helps the latest Fiesta ST sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor, in 6.5 seconds, and it eventually maxes out at 232 km/h (144 mph).

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So far, he Blue Oval’s small hot hatch seems like it has a lot going for it. The engine is quite gutsy, especially when it’s being kept above 3,000 rpm, the interior quality is good, the infotainment is intuitive and the optional Recaro sports seats are great.

Also, the driving position is spot on, and on the motorway, the new Fiesta ST is very quiet. The cylinder deactivation system helps save fuel, and overall, the car feels light and agile.

Top Gear went as far as even comparing it to a Hennessey-tuned Ford Mustang in their review. They, however, noted that it’s not as sharp as the old model. So, let’s see what they actually mean by that.

 

  • Mr. EP9

    Well at least you can still get the old model on the used car market stateside.

  • Bash

    I still see it as a KIA. I still think the previous looked better.

    • alexxx

      Previous looks way way better…in fact,it was/is one of the best designs out there. New one looks generic…shame

      • Bash

        So true, I’m glad to know that someone shares the same thought as me. Cheers Alex

        • alexxx

          🙂 in fact…Ford should have kept the previous design and just update the interior…which was horrible,to be honest…

      • J-Triumf

        Doesn’t look generic at all (nor does it look like a Kia), it looks a lot sharper and sleeker compared to the previous version.

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