The Ford Fiesta ST has started to roll off the company’s production line in Cologne, Germany, ahead of its arrival in Australia later this year.

Ford’s fastest Fiesta yet is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder with 132kW and 240Nm, and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The Ford Fiesta ST will join the bigger Focus ST as the Blue Oval’s pair of affordable hot-hatches, with the smaller pocket rocket targeting the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Suzuki Swift Sport.

There are high expectations for the Fiesta ST given the benchmark driving ability of the regular city car and the brilliance of the Focus ST.

Pricing is likely to be vicinity of the three-door Polo GTI’s $27,790 sticker.




  • Car2013

    What I don’t understand is why does the new European Fiesta ST only have 132kW, whilst the new USA Fiesta ST will develop 147 kW (197 bhp). My understanding is that the Fiesta is meant to be a “world“ car. Why is Ford “short-changing“ Europe & Australia with the new Fiesta ST? Very annoying. If a 147 kW Fiesta came to Australia it could have been a real game changer in the small car performance sector.

    • richard

      Because in the USA they are able to quote the overboost power level. On Europe they can only quote max power without overboost. So, in reality all markets get the same power.

      • Car2013

        Worldcarfans stated in November 2012; “More powerful than Euro-spec version.
        Ford is bringing the U.S.-spec version of its 2014 Fiesta ST to the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. It is powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces an estimated 197 hp (147 kW) and 214 lb-ft (290 Nm) of torque. This makes it more powerful than its European counterpart which offers 178 hp (132 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque.”  

    • johan

      The ford fiesta st sent to usa have the additional 33hp upgrade package installed. This enables the overboost as an default and brings up the kw as well.

  • Dave W

    It has to be cheaper than the Polo.

    • horsie

      Why is that? i would take this over the polo any day.

      • Dave W

        Because if it’s as expensive as the Polo, I’d rather get the Swift. lol

        I like my car simple. Simple means less parts to break and fix, which also means simpler and faster to fix.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, the polo is a more quality product so has to be slightly cheaper to compete

      • Golfmother

        Seeing more and more polo’s very smart looker .

        • Zaccy16

          Yep a lot more around now because there’s not a waiting list anymore, when I bought mine in 2011 there was a 6 month waiting list

          • horsie

            im sorry but the word polo just sounds super gay to me. 
            hi, here is my  ‘Polo’ i love it . who wants to enter my ‘polo’ 

      • matt

        mechanical quality = reliability…..

        Mechanic.. MARCO
        you…         Polo *sad face

      • Gueshtyu

        A more quality product? Are you serious? The Polio is garbage!

    • filippo

      Considering the Fiesta is manual only and the Polo is automatic only suggests to me that these two cars are chasing different buyers. Gearboxes tend to be a deal-breaker for most buyers.

      • dilligaf

        spot-on

  • 42 = The Answer

    If they can price this under $30,000 drive-away it’ll have no problems stealing customers away from the Polo GTI

  • Tex

    My only concern is why this has taken so long?

    The Mk6 Fiesta launched in late 2008… so it is a little late to be launching the ST when the latest Focus launched in early 2011 and already has an ST onsale.

    • $29896495

      money

      • Tex

        Unacceptable when the competitors have been launching them within the year.

        Fail Ford.

    • RSC200

      This is just my opinion but maybe they held it off to see what the Rival Hot-Hatches had to offer? Like the Renault Clio RS EDC, Peugeot 208 GTI, Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo.
      Everyone want’s the the crown and in the Mini Hot-Hatches the Clio RS 200 has been king no questions asked. But now with the the Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTI having an Optional Manual Gearbox, I do think that the Clio’s dominance of Best Hot-Hatch is now over, but time will tell.
      Me must not forget that the Fiesta might even arrive with the RS badge and the Renault Clio RS is no longer the Track/Road car, Renault’s extreme RS (CUP Version) car will now be labeled as RS Gordini, with more power and the so CUP Chassis setup. Also Peugeot have said that their 208 GTI will have a more extreme GTI-R.

      Very interesting times ahead in the Mini Hot-Hatch world.

  • Zaccy16

    Looks good, exactly the same performance figures as the polo gti so polo vs st reviews will be interesting! this has 132 kw like the polo and takes the same 6.9 seconds to 100, so why does that kia prc c’eed gt take 7.9 seconds to 100 with more 20 kw more 

    • $29896495

      good question, but the proceed  is a bigger car.

    • Dave W

      Isn’t the proceed a C segment car? Fiesta and Polo are B segment, ie. Smaller cars no?

      • Zaccy16

        yes but the proceed is very close in size to the polo and fiesta because of the fact its a three door

        • $29896495

          Zaccy,  the Golf is a 3 door too. The Proceed, like the Cerato is a Focus/Golf rival. They are mid size cars. Polo, Fiesta are smallish cars.

        • Dave W

          Just because it’s a 3-door, doesn’t mean they made the car smaller. It just means the door is longer.

  • vve4354

    IF IS ISN’T CHEAPER THAN THE POLO GTI (AUTO) I WOULD GET THE GT86 BASE MODEL INSTEAD WITH CAYMAN HANDLING :D

    • Tex

      THAT IS PRETTY COOL STORY BRO. SO YOU GOING TO GET THE 86 INSTEAD OF THE POLO GTI TOO?

  • vve4354

    Ford has released UK pricing for the new Fiesta ST three-door hot hatch ahead of its market launch in March. It will be offered in two trims, with the base ST model starting at £16,995, which Ford says is “up to £2,000 less than the segment competitors”, and the better-equipped ST2 grade, priced at £17,995.

    • $29896495

      Nice – Now if the local Ford can avoid the urge to slap 60,000 on it we be in clover.

  • vve4354

    Typge your comment here.

  • vve4354

    hopefully Ford Australia will do what Toyota Australia did to the pricing of the GT86. make it cheap

    • $29896495

      If they do, they wont be able to get enough. They’ll have waiting lists into the years.

  • vve4354

    up to 18 months for the GT86 GTS model…there would be a revised model by then the time its delivered

    • RSC200

      It is very sad indeed 18 months is unacceptable to be honest.

  • Loz

    the xr4 didn’t come out till the same time in the last models life cycle

  • Vasrad

    If it was 5 door was going to buy now no chance,thats one sale lost any one else?

    • $29896495

      I DEFINITELY would NOT buy a 5 door version. Has to be 3 or 3 and 5. But 5 alone, don’t bother.

  • Jeremy Hill

    Pricing should be easy. 3 door Polo price, minus $2500 vw charges for dsg, then a little bit more off as its a slightly cheaper perception brand.
    It should be $25k before on roads…. Probably wont be though! :(