Super Suped-up Supermini: The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST Review [Video]

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST has been developed as a proper performance vehicle rather than a supermini with a faster engine and a body kit. This gives it the eager sporty feel and all the right ingredients to offer you as much fun as you can handle while still being a good day to day car. Overall this is surely one of the best hot hatches you can get your hands on for this kind of money. You want one. Trust me.

To look at, Ford haven’t gone too overboard with modding this up like something out of 2Fast 2Furious, but there is certainly a sportier feel about it. This is thanks to the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST body styling which includes a sculpted bonnet, deep chin spoiler, rooftop spoiler, low rear diffuser and twist chrome exhausts.

 

Front view of 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Inside, despite 2014 Ford Fiesta ST specific trims and features it’s actually not vastly different from the conventional Fiesta cabin, especially if you get an ST at the basic trim level. The chunky Ricaro sports seats are a lovely touch and definitely give it a feeling of being special. Other ST features include alloy trim on the pedals and gearstick, a start button as well as ST badges dotted about. True enough, it’s not as super plush as you’d normally expect in a special model, but on the other hand it comes at an attractively affordable price and is definitely nice enough. It’s mildly cumbersome getting into the back due to the chunky Ricardo seats, but once in the back you’ll enjoy a good amount of headroom. The legroom is a little on the cosy side however. The 276ltrs on available boot space is a mite below what’s available in the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST’s nearest comparable rivals, the Renault sport Clio 200 and the Peugeot 208 GTi, but the rear bench can fold down to give you access to a full 960ltrs. This should be enough for the majority of your cargo carrying needs.

Using the already excellent chassis of the standard Ford Fiesta (which is probably the best handling supermini of its kind), the dynamics were always going to be impressive. The engineering here is spot on with a great balance of leash straining eagerness and superb handling, not to mention cheap running cost (47.9mpg/138g/pk of CO2 ). The ride is admittedly on the firm side, but it isn’t so much that it will genuinely bother you. The body control is great because of this though. Cornering in facilitated by the ETVC torque vectoring system which micro-brakes the inner wheels on tight corners so you can really launch around tight bends at speed. The 6-speed manual gearbox is very slick and the steering is spot on, and with excellent feel to ensure that you’ll probably have more fun driving this around normal roads than you would in something like a Ferrari.

 

rear view of 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The engine is a 182ps 1.6ltr Eco-Boost unit which is good for the efficiency factor obviously. It comes with a brilliant ‘overboost’ function which allows for a full 200ps on demand in 15 second bursts. This all leads up to a 0-62mph figure of 6.9 seconds up to the top speed of 137mph. It’s a tad shy of the power available in the Clio 200 or the 208 GTi, but remember they cost £2000 more. If really burning the rubber is important to you then it is advised that you stretch a couple of hundred pounds more to get the Mount Tune engine pack which increases the engine output to 215ps and increases the torque to 320Nm from 290 for that extra pulling power. This shaves time off the 0-62 factor to the tune of 5.7 seconds. There is also a beautiful sound from the engine courtesy of Ford’s Sound Symposa system that filters out that bad sound while enhancing the sexy notes you’ll find wonderful to listen to.

All in all, what’s the lowdown with the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST? This junior hot hatch is a very special machine that perfectly blends day to day usability with all the fun sporty dynamics and power to rip up on a stretch of empty tarmac. It’s rewarding, fast, cost effective and will certainly paint a smile on your face. All in all this is a brilliant value package and if you’re looking for a host of motoring virtues distilled into supermini form that won’t cost you an arm and a leg… well the answer is straight forward isn’t it? Get one of these bad boys!

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Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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