• Fantastic, fun dynamics backed by superb steering and stability control calibration; great-sounding engine goes hard; great price and plenty of kit
  • Ride quality is from the Lancer Evolution X school of hard knocks; gap between second and third gear; soft rev limiter; needs a fruitier exhaust

OUR RATING
9 / 10



Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

One of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year, the Ford Fiesta ST is both a proper hot-hatch and one of the most fun cars available for five-figure sums.

That may seem like a big call, but the ingredients used to create the Fiesta ST means dishing up something this near-perfect should come as no great surprise – take a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, install into an 1197kg three-door hatchback, sprinkle with some renowned Ford of Europe engineering magic, and serve for $25,990 plus on-road costs.

On the outside the Ford Fiesta ST comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, projector headlights with LED daytime runners, dual exhausts, rear diffuser, spoiler and side skirts.

It’s no stripper model inside, either, with the equipment list extending to part-leather Recaro sports seats, single-zone climate control, eight-speaker Sony audio with colour screen, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, auto headlights and ‘smart key’ auto entry.

Because the Ford Fiesta ST is imported from Cologne, Germany – the regular Fiesta comes from Thailand – it uniquely gets soft-touch cabin plastics and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, in addition to the height adjustment found in the Ambiente, Trend and Sport grades.

Also because of that importing decision, however, the Fiesta ST can only be sold here as a three-door hatchback, as the five-door is reserved for the US, where it is singularly built. Although our local market traditionally likes to have back doors with their hot-hatches – just ask Volkswagen about the Polo GTI sales split, or Renault, which anticipates a big increase in Clio RS sales when it dumps three doors for five early next year – Ford insists that at the performance end of the hatchback market, buyers still like front doors only.

Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

In addition to a healthy equipment list, the Ford Fiesta ST also gets an industry-first feature sure to keep parents happy. Should a flat-capped teenager upgrade from a skateboard to a Fiesta ST, for example, Ford’s MyKey technology means one of two smart keys can be programmed to: cut the vehicle’s top speed to 140km/h; provide a fixed speed warning alert; disable the audio system and continue a chime if seatbelts aren’t on; and keep the stability control setting in its highest intrusion setting.

An Emergency Assistance package is also standard, which, if a mobile phone is connected via Bluetooth, will automatically call an ambulance if the car is involved in a severe crash.

Should that happen, as with all Fiestas, occupants are blanketed by seven airbags including one for the driver’s knee. Also as with all Fiestas, the ST gets five seatbelts and a decent-sized boot with a split-fold backrest, so – lack of back doors excepted – it is as practical as the regular car, and with the technology available, even safer.

The Ford Fiesta ST is economical, too, rated at just 6.2L/100km on the combined fuel consumption cycle, although it prefers 95 RON or higher to standard 91 RON.

So, practical, safe, well equipped and economical. Rising above all that, however, is that the Fiesta ST is an absolute peach to drive hard.

The baby 1.6-litre turbo engine – which we should see in the Focus sometime in the next decade… – is a star performer. Although it produces 134kW of power at 5700rpm and 240Nm of torque between 1600-5000rpm, the engine can also provide overboost for 20 seconds to provide up to 147kW/290Nm; almost exactly what a 2006-09 VW Golf GTI produced.

Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

As with the Focus ST, a pipe funnels intake noise into the cabin, so the engine has a strident, almost single-pitch warp from about 4000rpm that makes it sound like a lower-octave version of a Porsche Boxster/Cayman 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder. It sounds fantastic, although we’d have to fit a fruitier exhaust to match it; the Fiesta ST certainly leaves plenty of room for a Fiesta RS in the burnt-fuel noise stakes.

There’s proper, hot performance on tap with the Fiesta ST to match, too, and the turbo four pulls hard both off the line, through each gear and whenever the tachometer is above about 1500rpm.

If there’s a slight deviation from a perfect performance scorecard for this light hot hatchback it’s the fault of the six-speed manual transmission, the engine’s soft cut out, or a combination of both.

It’s brilliant to have a manual in this kind of car – take note, please, Renault Sport – and the shift quality is slick, although the throw between each gear may be too long for some. The problem centres around the gap between second and third gear, compounded by a soft 6400rpm cut-out, which leaves the Fiesta ST over-revving in the lower of those two gears or not close enough to maximum power (5700rpm) in the taller one.

See it as irony or just being picky, but I wished for the super close-ratio gearbox and 7500rpm-plus limiter of the outgoing, non-turbo Clio RS; yet the former was only installed in the Renault to make the porky 1280kg hatch feel peppy, because the unassisted 2.0-litre struggles in anything below the mid-to-high rev range, and the Fiesta shines all over.

Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

Okay, picky, then.

For the absolute most part, however, the Fiesta ST engine and transmission gels intimately with the cracking dynamic package.

The electro-mechanical steering in the Fiesta ST is perfect, with an ideal blend of sharpness and progression through the quick (2.4 turns lock to lock) ratio, backed by a consistent mid-weighting.

The stability control system in the Fiesta ST, too, is equally flawless. Even left in the ‘on’ position, it is so subtle and sure that it wouldn’t absolutely have required a Sport mode. Yet Ford has given it a three-stage system anyway, with ‘off’ really being off, and Sport being so silent until the rear end is really wagging that an enthusiastic steerer couldn’t hope for more.

And wag the tail does. The 205mm-wide, 40-aspect 17-inch Bridgestone Potenza tyres start squealing surprisingly early, although they hang on nicely, particularly at the front end.

It doesn’t even take a big throttle lift mid-corner to feel movement between front and rear with this chassis. Late and deep braking into a corner will, for example, unhinge the rear by just enough to get the front tyres pointing in the opposite direction of an understeering line. Do run in to a corner hot on the throttle, though, and be prepared to feel the Fiesta ST step out.

When Peugeot claimed at the 208 GTi launch that they couldn’t truly build a modern day 205 GTi that neatly oversteered, the engineers obviously hadn’t driven a Ford Fiesta ST (or a Honda CR-Z, for that matter).

Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

Yet if that all sounds a bit dangerous – as Peugeot claims – then don’t worry, because the Fiesta ST chassis is always on your side. It is nothing short of communicative and playful, yet predictable right at the limits of tyre adhesion and driver ability.

Then there’s the engine, steering and stability control calibration to back that chassis…

Even without a mechanical limited-slip differential, the Fiesta ST rarely flares an inside wheel when using lots of power and torque on the exit to a corner. It sits flat, and therefore keeps that inside wheel pinned to the bitumen.

It’s also that flatness that prevents the Fiesta ST from getting a perfect score. The ride quality is very firm, bordering on hard and unsophisticated. Having driven both the 208 GTi and the new Clio RS200, it is safe to say that the Ford delivers less bump compliance and fidgets more than either of them. Commendably, however, the Fiesta ST soaks up big hits better than its jiggly urban ride indicates, and it doesn’t buck and heave off line on bumpy country roads.

While the Peugeot is a sweet little warm hatch, there’s no doubt the Ford is much higher on the Peri Peri scale. The new Clio RS is possessed of truly magic dynamics, matching the Fiesta ST for steering and handling while eclipsing it for ride and interior quality, yet it comes undone with its average dual-clutch gearbox (that gearbox also means the new Clio can’t touch a circa-2005 RS182 as the best-ever Clio, either, I reckon). A comparison test will be epic, but at the very least Renault will struggle to come close to matching the Ford’s sharp pricing.

Ford Fiesta ST Review
Ford Fiesta ST Review

For $26K, with heaps of kit, a sub-seven-second 0-100km/h, perfect steering and stability control, and laugh-out-loud handling, the Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best cars currently on the market, one of the best cars released all year and almost certainly destined for future-classic status.


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  • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

    Great looking seats & by the sounds of it, a great drivers car. I also like the Mykey application as a safety device for the inexperience driver, although you can still do a lot of damage at 140, but its a step in right direction.

    • Edward

      I think the next step would be capping the power with alternate profiles, so teenagers have less incentive to race people. I know i’ve done some stupid driving on my P plates, and the last thing i needed at the time was more power.

      • Nathan

        Why let your child drive a powerful car if you’re simply going to limit the power? By a less powerful car in the first place!

        • Edward

          Do you know what i mean when i say ‘alternate profiles’? In the same way that some families share computers at home, they can also share cars.

          You should really be getting worked up about less trivial things..

  • cainen

    Great car. I’m picking mine up on Saturday. The MyKey function is interesting and theoretically good for teenagers/young drivers but being a turbo I don’t think this car is P plate legal? At least not in NSW

    • Alexander Sambuco

      It will be when the rules change from forced induction/v8 ban to less than 130kw/tonne

      • Jon

        Interesting, so there are *some* benefits of changing to a kw/tonne rule haha

        • jsrfg

          There are if you’re a P plater and like high performance Diesels/EVs/Hybrids. Cars like the 0-100kmh in 5.1 sec Audi Biturbo A6 Tdi, BMW M50d, BMW ActiveHybrid5 or Tesla Model S – all cars that do 0-100kmh in the 5 second region but are 130KWtonne or under.

          Of course if you buy a ‘legal’ car like this turbo Fiesta but then boost up the turbo, how is anyone going to know?

  • $29896495

    Who wrote that story? We prefer 3 DOORS on our performance cars! Here’s a point of interest for you, 4 doors add weight. Now think about. Would you rather have a heavy slow ugly 5 door or a sweet fast looking 3 door? The answer is obvious.

    This car does make the Hyundai look expensive, must admit.

    Great car Ford. Thanks.

    • andy

      WHY DO YOU NEVER SAY ANYTHING POSITIVE?!

    • Kampfer

      “The answer is obvious.” In deed, the fact in Australia is 3 doors hot hatch sold a lot less than the 5 doors counterpart. How many 3 doors Polo/Golf GTi you see on road?

      • Robin_Graves

        They are all in the workshop getting a new drivetrain. Seriously though, most people who can afford a new car like this I would have thought would prefer to take passengers in some form of comfort. Having said that I drive a G6ET so clearly my opinions don’t correlate with the average hot hatch buyer.

      • Phil

        stupid question. All 9n series Polo GTI were 3 door. All Fiesta XR4′s were 3 door. All Mini Cooper and Cooper S. All Clio RS. All Focus RS. All 206 GTi and 207GTi, and now 208GTi. Hot hatches with 5 doors are the minority.

        • Kampfer

          That’s why all of them are not big sellers in Australia (bar Mini…). Any models with both choices available can guarantee that 5 doors will take most of the sell.

          • RS265CUP

            Is it now? So why is that Australia is the 2nd biggest seller of the Megane RS 265?

          • iruy

            Because the Megane RS is a extremely low volume car the world over. It’s not even on sale in most parts of Asia and the entire Renault brand is absent from the huge N’America market.
            The only real place it sells apart from Australia is in Europe and even then it’s high Co2 figures and high insurance band mean it doesn’t get much volume there either.

          • RS265CUP

            Well it’s biggest Market is Japan explain that?
            An it’s available in Malaysia and a few more countries in Asia.
            where you getting your info mate?

          • Nathan

            Dude just admit that the RS265 is one of the lowest volume cars on Earth. Clearly the rest of the world do not share your love of it and Renault.

      • $29896495

        lots infact the people that I’m around would rather a three door than a five. I suggest you aren’t the market if you are trying to argue for a heavy 5 door.

        • Markus

          People who want two doors would just buy a coupe or “proper sports car” like a toyota 86 by your logic? Many in the hot hatch segment want a practical AND fun and sporty car…3 doors is not practical or as fun. Even without rear passengers its a pain to slither out of the small door gap, as your doors are way too long to open properly in the average parking space you’ve just pulled into.

          I get your very rough point and personal preference but the review simply says it’s a shame they don’t offer both. A legitimate question I think when the competitors do.

          • $29896495

            No not really. What a lot are comparing to are family hacks, not hot hatches. Or fun hatches like the new Hyundai i30. Coupes are more expensive general rule people always love a good 3 door from the original civic till now. A car with sporty pretensions will often be made to do, when a hot hatch or coupe is out of reach. It really is that simple. VW brought the GTI out with 5 doors then added a 3 door because of demand. Now the GTI is watered down, the new RS will be the 3 door with the Sirocco. So they haven’t gone just been changed around so they don’t cannibalize the Sirocco.

      • $29896495

        Also what Robin wrote

      • JooberJCW

        Yep, look at carsales as of today, Golf GTi’s 5 door over 500 on sale vs just above 60, people choose the practicality of a 5 door hot hatch over a 3 door. Likewise with the Polo 150+ 5 door and barely 20 on the 3 door.

        • $29896495

          Well VW brings up a whole different question. So you are one of the rare people that carry their whole family to work. To pick something up from the shops. you have 5 people in the car all the time? That being the case buy something else.

          • JooberJCW

            lol, how is VW any different, a GTI in either form is a hot hatch, like any other hot hatch on the road. Name me another manufacturer with both versions where the 3 door outsells the 5 door of that same model of the current era? Even so more and more manufacturers are bringing out 3v5 versions if not just a 5 door model alone.

            Well you just gave another reason why its more practical to get the 5 door, yes you can carry the whole family too, if you have a baby, you don’t have to force yourself to sell the car either, theres more ground for the longer term on a 5 door car which appeals to alot of buyers especially to the younger age group these days where life can change pretty quickly for them which demands a car that has a bit more flexibility in it.

      • $29896495

        How many Minis do you see with 5 doors? It’s just ridiculous.

      • filippo

        But let’s be honest, most VW GTI owners never really wanted a ‘hot-hatch’. They just wanted a Polo/Golf and just happened to be able to afford the most expensive model. If VW were to decrease the power of their GTI models by 25% and the price by 5%, it wouldn’t cost them a single sale.

        • $29896495

          Seriously of all cars WDud could be the worst example to use to make your point. In any case I answered it before you wrote it it. Look above.

    • sfgj

      We don’t prefer 3 doors and when we’re talking hatchbacks, they look the same whether 3 or 5 doors.
      The performance is also the same – a 2011 Fiesta Zetec manual 3 door weighs 1067kgs, a 5 door of a 2011 Fiesta Zetec manual 5 door weighs 1077kgs.
      You have rocks in your head (as usual) if you think 10kgs is the difference between “heavy slow” and “sweet fast”.That was back when Fiesta offered a choice between 3 and 5 door and almost nobody at all went for the 3 door so they dropped it. It’s a similar story with the Golf Gti which had the choice of 3 door or 5 door and no one went for the 3 door even though it was cheaper.

      • $29896495

        Issue with some 3 doors is they are stripped out. even though most people only drive on their own, salesmen like some of you guys try and use the argument to talk people up , that what happens when you want to carry more people. I tell you what you do, you tip the seat forward. If you want a goddamn family car buy one. Don’t buy a hot hatch.

      • RS265C

        Well you know 3 doors to 5 doors is not only about weight, ever heard of chassis dynamics? Just like a convertible isn’t as good as a non convertible due to the chassis flexibility. But you never thought about did you?
        Who care seriously what a stupid topic, if you don’t like a 3 door just move along… Let it go…

        • dj

          Bahahaha. Rigidity goes through the chassis rails, roof and pillars. The area where the back doors would be doesn’t contribute to rigidity, half of it is glass anyway.
          A five door hatch is nothing like a Convertible. A Convertible has no roof to connect the A pillar to and it has no B or C pillar at all. A 5 door hatch in fact has not only the A pillar, B pillar and C pillar connecting the chassis rails to the roof – but it also has a D pillar as well which you don’t get on a 3 door. If anything, that extra frame on the 5 door would increase rigidity over a 3 door. But you never thought about that did you?

          • $29896495

            That is just total rubbish. Have you ever seen how and what makes respective cars. Do you realise that a door opening causes flex. Stiffen all you like it is still there. Especially when the whole side of the car opens up. Go back and take another look at the way cars are put together. You’ll realize you are wrong. Every opening causes weakness. Despite what might be printed a door and it’s frame and it windows, mechanisms and hinges and locks weights more than sheet metal spot welded to a frame and a piece of glass glued in place. Simple commonsense. It’s also stiffer!

          • hsfg

            lol, “the whole side of the car opening up”? You go back and have a look at the way cars are put together, the whole side of the car does not open up – you’ll find the doors are hinged onto the B & C pillars which are carrying the structural rigidity regardless of whether there are 2 or 4 doors.
            They don’t put extra bracing in the area where the back doors otherwise would be on the 3 door otherwise the 3 door wouldn’t be lighter nor would it be cheaper BUT the 5 door does get a extra D pillar as mentioned which would only help rigidity.

            The extra weight of the 5 door is printed and you’ve already been told it. It’s a mere 10kgs all up for the extra locks and hinges (which would weigh basically nothing, the extra D pillars would be taking up most of that 10kgs) on the Fiesta 5 door and a extra 10kgs is hardly going to affect the rigidity nor the performance.

          • $29896495

            Who said anything about extra bracing. Not me. Look it’s engineering. As for weights and other things you didn’t read what I wrote. According to Wikki there is 100 lbs difference.

          • ndgh

            How do you know that wiki weight different is for the 3 or 5 door? You’ve just seen a figure and taken it cause you think no one will check up on you. Wiki doesn’t specify any weights for 3 or 5 door, they only say the fiesta range weighs from 2300lbs to 2400lbs. Now if you go to Ford’s German website, you’ll find that the 1.2L petrol manual weighs 2300lbs and the 2400lbs lines up perfectly with the 1.6 diesel. So there’s your 100lb difference and according to the list of weights on Ford,de the 3 and 5 door variations weight exactly the same.
            Of course the weight doesn’t mean there is any difference in structural rigidity but in any case 3/5 door would have identical rigidity, if not a tiny variation which would be undiscernable from behind the wheel.

          • $29896495

            I know because it lists 3 or 5 door What you aren’t allowing for are options and drive trains, inclusions. Plus the fact that for some reason Ford seem very reluctant to let people see the weights of their cars lately. Posted weights on the web site are for 5 door ONLY and trim variations.

          • hrt

            Wiki does not list 3 or 5 door weights for the Fiesta, it just says and I quote exactly:
            “Curb weight 1,041–1,100 kg (2,300–2,400 lb)”
            Thatis all it says about weight for this fiesta, it does not specify what exact model it is for, in actual fact that heavier weight would surely be for the four door sedan model which has a big rear added on to the smaller hatcback body. You are the one not allowing for options and drivetrains and are making the unfounded claim that the higher weight is simply for the 5 door which is nonsense and no figures are backing you up.
            I am allowing for options/drivetrains etc. I even said what engine and gearbox I was providing a weight for. For identical specifications, Ford’s German website lists the specs for the
            3 or 5 door seperately but when you line up matching drivetrains and packages, they show identical weights.
            Redbook,com,au allows allows you to look at 2011 models which was when Ford offer 3 door in Australia and as I already told you, they say a 2011 Zetec 1.6 manual in 3 door is 1067kgs and a 2011 Zetec manual in 5 door is 1077kgs. This is the second time I’ve pointed this out, can I make it any clearer?

            So Ford Germany says there is no weight difference between 3 or 5 door and Redbook Australia says 10kgs. There would be no measurable performance difference from that which makes the car “heavier and slow” as you claimed for the 5 door against the 3. Nor is there any evidence that the structural rigidity is affected.

          • $29896495

            It list 3 and 5 door dimensions and weights. Do you know anything about rallying? Redbook is inaccurate. Still you go on believing what you like. One day a friend or work colleague will put you straight in front of a lot of people and you will suffer the embarrassment you deserve. Even if it is 10K, that’s 22lbs hardly anything to sneeze at. But I’m sticking with Wiki, at 100lbs

          • kdgjk

            No it doesn’t, Wiki shows the lightest weight to the heaviest. It does not show any weight specific to a 3 door or 5 door.

            For the third time, a 100lbs difference is between a manual 1.2 petrol and a 1.6 diesel. You can see this on Ford,de where you’ll also see that Ford themselves say there is no difference in weight between the 3 and 5 door. Funny how you dismiss redbook but you ignore ford,de which of course is Ford official website from the country where the Fiesta is actually designed and made.

            If you’re sticking with mysterious specific figures which you keep insisting are real from wiki, why not be more specific? Which 3 door version is 100lbs lighter than which particular 5 door version? Petrol/diesel/auto/manual/zetec/LX etc? Give us some exact weights for exact models so we can compare not just some ballpark “100lbs”.

            Or better yet, provide us with the citations from wiki where these phantom wiki figures came from?

          • $29896495

            Look I don’t recognise you and I believe you are American and trying to justify the fact you are getting a second rate 4 door. Either way, you want a sedan go buy one. leave the 3 door to the enthusiasts.

          • amlohac

            Your an engineer as well? BY GOD THE MIND BOGGLES, you certainly are a jack of all trades.

          • amlohac

            You’re

          • RS265C

            Ohhhhh my there isn’t a cure is there…!?

      • $29896495

        The choice of 3 or 5 came at a time when there was no benefit mechanically or in trim. So can’t be compared to this the metal or any hot hatch.

    • Poison_Eagle

      +1 on 3-doors. Its the classic hot hatch layout.

      • RS265C

        You’re asking too much my friend, they no compreende!

        • sre

          It’s personal opinion and preference. If you can’t comprehend the fact that most hatches sold in Australia are 5 door when given the option to choose then the issue is really your own comprehension abilities.

        • Jack

          Maybe it’s an Australian thing, must have performance and practicality. Our muscle cars were mostly 4 door as opposed to the US’s 2 doors… that said, agree with Poison Eagle.

      • JamesB

        Three-door hatches are useless. I don’t see how others find them better looking than five doors. They’re exactly the same shape. I understand coupé vs sedan where the former normally has a flatter, more streamlined design.

    • Edward

      Whether a car is 3 or 5 doors is not the deciding factor on a car’s handling or weight, and you would have to be daft to obsess about that. At the end of the day, there are some brilliant handling 5 doors (Clio RS 200) and some terrible handling 3 doors (FN2 Civic Type R). But that’s not the point i want to focus on.

      More than ever, manufacturer’s are designing 5 door hatches in the guise of a 3 door with hidden door handles. This has been quite successful, especially on the new Clio and Civic. Not to mention that the Veloster literally has the best of both worlds. Having 5 doors has never looked this good.

      As a 3 door Type R owner of 6 years, i know for a fact that my next car will be a 5 door hot hatch. I like a car that is completely practical, while giving you the power to overtake idiots on the road. That’s the point of a hot hatch. It’s an everyday car with that extra performance when the moment calls for it, and the looks to boast about it.

      If youre talking about shaving off kilos of weight, maximising handling, and having less doors on your everyday car then you really need to get your priorities right. Or do what most people do, and get a coupe as your second car. It all boils down to not crapping where you eat.

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  • Dudeface

    Good job Ford, they should sell heaps of these and rightfully so. Despite the unfortunate loss of Falcon and Territory, with the upcoming Mondeo and Mustang (and fingers crossed we see some other great models like the Edge and the S-Max, to name a few) things are looking pretty good for the blue oval.

  • Zaccy16

    Great car! i love the look of it in red with the red rear diffuser! The interior looks much more upmarket in this than the normal models from thailand, why ford did you change production to thailand? I can’t wait to drive one of these and the more it think about it i would love to own one as well! I hope mazda decide to do a competitor to this in the new 2 due next year because if it drives anything like the great current gen normal models it would be a great hot hatch!

    • Robin_Graves

      They chose Thailand because the lower spec models sell more and they make more money.

    • Karl Sass

      Cheaper labour and a free trade agreement.

  • $29896495

    One thing I just noticed – the clutch pedal is pretty far over to the left. That isn’t so good.

    • Poison_Eagle

      I think that is the angle of the shot (hope).

    • RS265C

      Have you seen how close the Accelerator is to the right on the Astra OPC? You can’t heel and toe, unless you are a size 6 lol

  • RS265CUP

    Daniel DeGasperi nice review mate and nice knowledge of the almighty Clio RS range.

  • andrew boon

    wow nice car !!

  • JamesB

    It may have awesome handling, but the fact that the Fiesta ST rides on the cheaper torsion beam rear suspension contributes to its stiff ride.

    • Dudeface

      I think you’ll find most if not all cars in this class are lacking independent rear suspension. Takes up too much room would be the reason, if I had to guess why.

  • neiliss

    Fantastic little hot hatch. 3 doors are awesome, looks great and probably with a few tweaks will sound great and go even better. Well done Ford, this is definitely one I want to test drive soon.

  • Greg

    What a shame we don’t get the ST-2 versions of this car that comes standard with the leather/colour matching seats and SATNAV. The Focus ST comes here in ST-2 or ST-3 I thnk which is the hamburger with the lot.

    I guess Ford Australia are trying to cut costs and improve their profits. But still it should have been released at the same price and come in ST-2 form. I mean SATNAV is standard in most hatches these days.

  • inty

    When buying a car a last year I was dissapointed the swift sport didn’t come in 2 door here, so it was a no sale for me. I ended buying a fiesta xr4, I owned an old monaro coupe, capri, torana hatches. I never did understand Australias obsession with 4 doors, I’ll always buy 2 doors though. New fiesta st looks great, bet they sell those 100 units fast

  • MW

    “future-classic status”, same as Top Gear said

  • Rocket

    For all those who cannot drive a manual and only want 5 doors stop whinging and buy something else. There will be more than enough willing buyers who will enjoy this car.

  • Dieseltorque

    The nose looks much better on this ST. I’ll whinge, I want 5 doors, sales in Aus prove that’s what the majority of people want.

  • jensman

    All this arguing about three or five doors being preferential is ludicrous. Daniel DeGasperi, the journalist who wrote the article quite correctly pointed out that, in Australia, the general, car buying public have a preference for five door models over three door models. No where has it been suggested that there is no market for three doors. Will Ford Australia lose sales for not offering a five door version of the ST? They most definitely shall. Do I care? Not on your life. Given the choice, I would buy the three door in any case.
    Instead of all this foolish arguing, what we should be doing here is discussing something important. …How much of a nudge do you suppose Ford would need to produce a two litre ecoboost, all-wheel-drive RS version of the Fiesta. …Hmmm, …nice.

  • ThatGuy

    A nice cheap practical zippy car and apparently very good to drive but unfortunately it ruins the entire premise of a practical car by not having 5-doors. Apart from the practicality it looks so contrived as a 3-door. Basic design looks more balanced as a 5-door.

  • Amin Azmi

    Why don’t Australian version have Heated Seats !? or even Sun Roof ? :(

  • tk4

    why are there so many orange ones? three doors is the correct number of doors. If you have more people migt get comfortable and insist on being in it more. Having people in the back throws off the weight balance and impedes performance. There are people on US forums saying ‘why can’t we have a three door? fours doors is so common’.

Ford Fiesta Specs

AMBIENTE : 1.5L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 5 SP MANUAL - UNLEADED PETROL - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
FORD
Model
FIESTA
Variant
AMBIENTE
Series
WZ
Year
2013
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.5L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
140Nm @  4400rpm
Max. Power
82kW @  6300rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
74.5W/kg
Bore & Stroke
mm
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
42
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1100
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1489mm
Length
3969mm
Width
1722mm
Ground Clearance
109mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:900  Unbrake:545
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
0
Front Rim Size
6x15
Rear Rim Size
6x15
Front Tyres
185/55 R15
Rear Tyres
185/55 R15
Wheel Base
2489
Front Track
1477
Rear Track
1466
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity
Interior
Cloth Trim
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-O-16
Country of Origin
GERMANY