2018 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

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in Midsize hatchbacks
2018 MODEL

$21,195

4.4

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Overview

The Ford Fiesta ST is the high-performance version of the Ford Fiesta. It looks bold, distinctive and aggressive. Not only does the car look as such but is also drives as such.

The Fiesta ST features the renowned Ford Ecoboost engine. The engine on the ST is a 4 cylinder turbocharged unit producing a power output of nearly 200HP. The car has exceptional handling and fun to drive characteristics that you might not want to get out after you drive one.

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Pros

Aggressive Looks

Exceptional Handling

Power Steering

Cons

Cramped cabin

Small boot

Poor brakes

What's New?

Improved looks


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21195

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu. in.

horsepower

197 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

202 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10 in. ventilated front disc/10.9 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

98 in.

length

160.1 in.

width

67.8 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

2578 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

186 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/29/33 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback in Oxford White color  2018 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback in Ingot Silver Metallic color
Shadow Black

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Ratings

Engine

4.8

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

1.9

Exterior

4.8

Safety

2.8

4.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback base

base

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$21,195

Configurations
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Seating: 5 HP: 197-hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 202 lbs.-ft. @ 4200 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(26/29/33)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 15, 2018

4.4

Overall Rating


 

4.8/10
Engine

 

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

1.9/10
Interior

 

4.8/10
Exterior

 

2.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Ford Fiesta ST is the high-performance version of the Ford Fiesta. It looks bold, distinctive and aggressive. Not only does the car look as such but is also drives as such.

The Fiesta ST features the renowned Ford Ecoboost engine. The engine on the ST is a 4 cylinder turbocharged unit producing a power output of nearly 200HP. The car has exceptional handling and fun to drive characteristics that you might not want to get out after you drive one.

Features

There is only one variant for the Fiesta ST that starts at $21,140. It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost engine. The wheels are 17-Inch with summer performance tires.

Trims

Fiesta ST

MSRP

$21,140

Features

  • ST hatchback also starts with the SE's amenities plus the SE Appearance package and then adds a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (197 hp, 202 lb-ft), a six-speed manual transmission
  • 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, quicker steering, unique bodywork and dual-exhaust tips.
  • You also get keyless entry and ignition
  • ST-specific cloth sports seats (with driver height adjustment), distinctive interior trim, and the Sony sound system with HD radio.
  • The ST Recaro package adds heated Recaro front sports seats (including height adjustments), leather and cloth upholstery, and heated mirrors. Also available are black 17-inch wheels with red brake calipers.

The ST badging gives the car a sportier look. There are ST specific cloth sports seats and the cabin looks sporty and elegant. There is also an optional Recaro seat package and 17-inch wheels with red brake calipers.

Engine

4.8/10

"The Fiesta ST isn’t as bad-ass as the die-hard Ford Focus RS, but that makes it all the more lovable, er, fun. Its manual-only gearbox is approachable, its suspension is lively but not harsh, and it’s thrifty on gas—if you care about that. It’s powered by a 197-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that feeds the front wheels through a six-speed transmission "- Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The Ford Fiesta ST features the renowned 1.6L EcoBoost engine. The unit is a turbocharged Inline-4 cylinder engine producing a power output of 197 HP and a torque of 202 lb-ft. The transmission on the Fiesta ST is a 6-speed manual, there is no automatic available for this model.

Models

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

MSRP

$21,140

$20,910

$20,050

$20,840

Engine

1.6L I-4

1.8L TSI DOHC 16V Turbocharged 4-cyl

1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged engine

2.5L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed manual

5-Speed manual

6-speed manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

197 hp

170 hp

174 hp

184 hp

Torque

202 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

167 lb-ft

185 lb-ft

The EcoBoost engine is a true performer. It is one of the best engines ever made and is used worldwide. The 1.6L EcoBoost produces more power and torque than the 1.8L TSI engine on the Golf or the 2.5L engine on the Mazda 3. The EcoBoost engine is also very refined. The Honda Civic has the smallest and least powerful engine.

Acceleration

The Fiesta ST can do the 0 - 60 mph run in just 6.9 seconds. Though the Volkswagen Golf is the quickest with a 0 - 60 timing of 6.7 sec, the Fiesta ST is not far behind in terms of performance.

Models

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

0-60 MPH

6.9 sec

6.7 sec

7.5 sec

7.0 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

15.3 sec

15.5 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

1.6L

1.8L

1.5L

2.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.8

6.1

5.3

6.3

The Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 take more than 7 seconds to hit the zero to 60 mph mark. However, the Fiesta ST is the slowest when it comes to completing the quarter mile with a time duration of 17.2 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The Fiesta ST has a firm ride setup. It features an EPAS system. The steering is very light at low speeds and gains weight as the speed increases. It helps to enable the confidence of the driver to go even faster.

The Fiesta ST being a car with firm suspension setup is also comfortable to drive. The suspension system is well balanced and tuned for performance without affecting passenger comfort.

Braking

The Ford Fiesta St has 10.9 Inch disc on the front and 10-inch disc on the rear. The car weighs over 2,720 lbs. and comes to a complete halt in 129 feet from 60 mph. The brakes on the Ford Fiesta ST are not as good as its rivals that offer larger and better brakes.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

Brake Front(in)

10.9

11.3

11.1

11.6

Brake Rear(in)

10.0

10.7

10.2

10.4

Curb weight(lbs.)

2720

2963

2822

3046

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

117

115

127

It is the Honda Civic hatchback that has the best brakes as compared to its rivals. The Volkswagen Golf also has good brakes but they are not as good as the ones on the Civic. The Honda Civic comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 115 feet whereas the golf comes to halt in 117 feet.

Fuel Economy

7.6/10

The Ford Fiesta ST has a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highways. Together it delivers a combined mileage of 29 mpg.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

mpg (city)

26

25

29

25

mpg (highway)

33

34

38

33

mpg (combined)

29

29

33

28

Honda Civic hatchback is the most fuel-efficient car among its rivals. It delivers a combined mileage of 33 mpg. The Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda 3 return a combined fuel efficiency figure of 29 mpg and 28 mpg respectively.

Interior

1.9/10

"If your body fits in the optional $1995 heated Recaro sport seats, they are worth it for the extra bolstering they provide. The upgraded chairs lock front-seat occupants in place, but to some they feel confining and are slightly too big for the Fiesta's tight cabin."-Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The Ford Fiesta St can seat up to 5 persons. However, only 4 will find it comfortable to be seated in the car. The Fiesta ST does not have the biggest cabin space as compared to others but provides sufficient space. The amount of headroom, shoulder room and legroom in the car is sufficient but not as you would find on the Civic or Mazda 3.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

85.1

93.5

97.2

96.3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/52.7/42.2

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.3/57.0/42.3

37.6/57.2/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/49/31.2

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.5/54.4/35.8

All these cars have a seating capacity of 5 but it is Honda Civic that has maximum and space. The Civic has an overall passenger volume of 97.2 cubic feet. The Mazda 3 has a second largest cabin volume and then comes the Volkswagen Golf with a cabin volume of 93.5 cubic feet.

Interior Features

  • 12V auxiliary power points
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cruise Control
  • Automatic climate control
  • Ice blue cluster lighting
  • Push button start
  • Power doors with automatic lock

Infotainment System

The entertainment system on the Fiesta ST has a SiriusXM Radio and an audio system from SONY with HD Radio Technology. The audio system also has the SYNC 3 from Ford.

The SYNC app link enables the driver to control certain apps using voice commands through the stereo system via Bluetooth. There are also two smart charging USB ports in the car.

Cargo volume

The Ford Fiesta ST has a boot volume of 10.1 cubic ft. which is very small compared to the others like the Golf or Honda Civic. The boot space is okay for daily office commutes but when it comes to those weekend getaways, the Fiesta will surely disappoint you.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

Behind 2nd Row (ft. Cube)

10.1

17.4

25.7

20.2

2nd Row Folded (ft. Cube)

25.4

53.7

46.2

47.1

Both the Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda 3 have larger boot than the Fiesta. However, it is the Honda Civic that steals the show with a massive boot space of 25.7 cubic ft. All three cars except the Fiesta are practical cars whereas the Fiesta ST isn't.

Exterior

4.8/10

"It looks great. That rear spoiler and diffuser sharpen up a back end that can look a bit dumpy on the standard models, and the overall appearance is appropriately blistered and aggressive-looking without erring too close to a baseball-cap and tracksuit." - Motor1

Dimension and Weight

Ford Fiesta ST is one of the hottest most affordable hatchbacks available in the market today. The car looks modern and aggressive. It is not one of those boring hatchbacks that you see daily. The large grill on the front with ST badging alone tells that the car packs an angry powertrain.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Volkswagen Golf (S)

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Mazda 3 (Touring)

curb weight(lbs.)

2720

2963

2822

3046

Length(in)

160.1

167.5

177.9

180.3

Width(in)

67.8

70.8

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

57.2

57.2

56.5

57.3

Ground clearance(in)

6.1

5.4

5.1

6.1

Wheelbase(in)

98.0

103.8

106.3

106.3

Track width(in) F/R

57.7/57

61.0/59.8

60.9/61.5

61.2/61.4

Ford Fiesta ST is 160.1 inches long and 67.8 inches wide. The car is 57.2 inches high, has a ground clearance of 6.1 inches and a wheelbase of 98 inches. The car is smaller than the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic and Mazda 3.

Exterior Features

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Twin chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Halogen headlamps with black-surround bezel
  • Body-colored power mirrors
  • Rear windshield wiper
  • Solar tinted glass

Safety

2.8/10

The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST has every safety feature that was there on the 2017 Fiesta ST. The basic bits include Electronic stability control, ABS and traction control, dual stage driver and passenger airbags.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera

The IIHS and NHTSA have rated the car for its solid build. It has a good crashworthiness rating given by the IIHS and an overall rating of 5 stars given by the NHTSA. The car also features rear parking sensors and backup camera as standard.

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness

Overall

NA

Small overlap front driver side

Marginal

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention

N/A

LATCH

Poor

Safety Ratings by NHTSA

Overall Rating

5 Star

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

5 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

N/A

Side Barrier Rating

N/A

Side Barrier Rating Driver

N/A

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

N/A

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

N/A

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

N/A

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

N/A

Rollover Rating

4 Star

Competition

Ford Fiesta ST vs. VW Golf

The Volkswagen GOLF has a bigger engine and better acceleration than the Fiesta ST even though the Fiesta ST has a more powerful engine. The engine of the Ford Fiesta ST has been tuned to deliver a power output of 197 HP, which is 27 HP more than the power output of the Volkswagen Golf.Yet, the golf is quicker. The golf also has a bigger boot and more cabin space. In terms of handling, both these cars perform exceptionally well.

Ford Fiesta ST vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has more cabin space and a larger boot than the Fiesta ST. The Civic is more of a practical car. It even has better fuel economy. The Fiesta ST, on the other hand, has a smaller cabin but a larger displacement and more powerful engine.The handling of the Fiesta ST is also exceptional which makes it fun to drive. The Fiesta ST is a driver's car whereas the Civic is more of a practical car.

Ford Fiesta ST vs. Honda Civic

The Mazda 3 has a longer and heavier body. It also has a larger cabin and better brakes. The Mazda 3, like the Civic, has a good engine and is more of a practical car. This doesn't mean that the engine is not powerful. It has sufficient amount of power with more space.

Final Verdict

The Ford Fiesta ST is powerful and fun to drive. The car also handles exceptionally well. The Golf, on the other hand, has a better acceleration and a more spacious cabin. The Civic and the Mazda 3 focuses more on comfort and practicality.

If you are looking for something that is powerful and fun to drive, the Fiesta ST is the car for you. However, if you can compromise on the performance part a bit, the Honda Civic is the better option. The Civic offers more space, comfort, features, fuel efficiency and is also cheaper.

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