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About Time For A Fiesta ST


It’s Fiesta time, folks. Originally, the word ‘fiesta’ referred to a religious festival or celebration so, since cars are something of a religion for us, we’ll accept that as a link, however tenuous. The Ford Motor Company obviously felt they were on to something with that name and so it has proved, because the Fiesta has been with us successfully since 1976.

The current 6th Generation car has been on the market for about four years and it has proved immensely popular, remaining consistently on the best-seller lists. Small yet roomy, very good looking and great to drive, the car has something for everyone except perhaps out and out performance. We are all familiar with the hot ST version of the evergreen Focus and fans of the smaller car have been clamouring for a similar badge on the Fiesta. This year Ford have obliged.

Order yours now and you can expect delivery in March, depending on the order book, which is likely to be bulging. Priced at around £17,000 depending on preferences, buyers will probably want the ‘Molten Orange’ paint job. Alternative choices are ‘Spirit Blue’ and ‘Rado Grey’.

The ST is powered by the very fuel efficient 1.6L EcoBoost engine developing 180bhp which helps the car to do the 0-60mph sprint in 6.9 seconds. Despite this only 139g/km of CO² are emitted from the discreet twin tailpipes and Ford are still claiming over 47mpg, so clearly you can have your cake and eat it.

The car is 15mm lower than the standard version and sports Ford’s cutting edge Torque Vectoring Control for precision handling and cornering. The ESP system is especially interesting as it has three settings. These are ‘On’; ‘Wide-slip’, which turns off the traction control module, and finally ‘Off’ and you know what that means – no intervention whatsoever thus affording the over-ambitious driver with the spectacle of his own rear-end going past the window.

It’s three door only with a black trapezoidal grill, a big roof spoiler and the inevitable red brake callipers, just in case anyone is in any doubt that this car means business. A blissful addition is that Recaro seats are standard. A real bonus.

There’s a generous amount of the latest technology including Ford’s SYNC system that controls your music and ‘phone with voice commands. The car is also offered with the MyKey system which enables performance limitations in case you lend it to your kids. Seriously; as if.

Ford have done it again. The Fiesta has always been a good car and the current model is the best yet. The ST goes one step further and that’s a true religious experience.

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