On the road the Fiesta ST has a lithe and lively feel, but is very well-mannered and beautifully balanced.
Ride and Handling
On the road the Fiesta ST has a lithe and lively feel, but is very well-mannered and beautifully balanced. It feels like a very intelligently engineered car, with lots of go and no sign of vices. It feels very dynamic and the steering is crisp and communicative. The handling is precise, grippy and secure, clinging on to the corners and despatching the miles over a demandingly twisty road with relish. It makes the car great fun to drive, while at the same time flattering you as a driver. It feels very capable and superbly controlled, an impression aided by the torque vectoring system that ensures stability is maintained in tricky circumstances. It is fast and forgiving, a hot hatch without the boy racer raw edges.
Ease of Use
It’s a Fiesta, a relatively small car at just under four metres long, so room inside isn’t huge but it is perfectly capable of transporting four full-size adults. There is enough head-room front and back for six-footers. Knee-room is a little on the sparse side in the rear seats, but no worse than other similar size cars. The door pockets and other cubbyholes around the cabin provide reasonable space for stowage, but the boot is quite cramped at just 276 litres. This does expand, though, to 960 litres with the rear seats folded.