2019 Ford Fiesta ST

#5
in Midsize hatchbacks
2019 MODEL

$21,340

7.9

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The Ford Fiesta ST has been considered as one of the most affordable, fun to drive Hatchbacks in the country. The Fiesta ST has gained popularity among the motoring enthusiasts because of its powerful engine and epic handling.

Ford hasn’t signaled a release of a 2020 Fiesta ST for the US but for 2018, it has released an all New Fiesta ST.

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST starts at just $21,340 and gets a whole set of Features along with the typical Fiesta like handling. Powering the Fiesta ST is a 1.6L 4 Cylinder Eco Boost Motor that generates 197HP and 202lbs-ft of Torque.


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The Ford Fiesta ST was offered as a Performance oriented version of the Compact Fiesta Hatchback developed in Europe for the same.

However, with the growing demand for the ST in America, Ford did bring the Fiesta ST in US.

Since its first inception, the Fiesta ST has been a favorite among people, who wanted Mustang like performance at Fiesta like prices.The 2019 Fiesta ST on sale in the doesn’t get the 3 Cylinder motor sold in Europe but gets a 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4 Cylinder Motor that develops a strong 197Hp @ 6000rpm and 202lbs-ft of Torque at 4200rpm.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Features

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The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST hatchback is only available in Trim and one engine configuration. The ST Line Trim in the Regular Fiesta Hatchback does offer some of the Features of the ST but misses out on the ST’s Engine and other mechanical changes.

Trim

ST

Price

$21,340

Features

Body Colored Power Side Mirrors with Turn Signals and Blind Spot Mirrors

 

Fog Lamps

 

High Mounted Rear Spoiler

 

Front and Rear 12V Auxiliary Power point

 

Interior Ambient Lighting

 

Chrome Door release Handles

 

Auto Temperature Control

 

Intelligent Access with Push Button Start

 

ST Logo Leather Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel

The Fiesta ST boasts of features that match the performance of the compact hatch. A 3 Level Electronic Stability Control and Torque Vectoring allows for better maneuverability of the Car around bends while increasing straight line stability.

We Recommend

The 2019 Fiesta ST comes in only the Standard ST trim and hence that is the trim we can recommend.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Engine

Its powertrain – a 197-horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost engine and a six-speed manual transmission – delivers enthusiastic acceleration. - Cars.USNews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is powered by a fantastic 1.6L Inline 4 Turbocharged Direct injection Motor with Twin Independent-Variable Camshaft Timing. The Motor is the most powerful in the compact 4 door hatchback category and offers breathtaking acceleration and punchy performance.

The Motor generates a massive [email protected] and 202lbs-ft. of Torque at 4200rpm. The Engine goes to an estimated top speed of 232kmph or 145mph without braking much sweat.

Models

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

MSRP

$22,215

$23,145

$23,910

$24,895

$23,785

$23,580

Engine

1.6L Turbo I4

1.5L Turbo I4

2.0L I4

1.4L Turbo I4

1.6L Turbo I4

2.0L Boxer 4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

197 [email protected] 6000rpm

174 [email protected] 6000rpm

168 [email protected] 6600rpm

153 [email protected] 5600rpm

201 [email protected] 6000rpm

152 [email protected] 6000rpm

Torque

202 [email protected]

162 [email protected] 1700rpm

155 [email protected] 4800rpm

177 [email protected] 2000rpm

195 [email protected] 1500rpm

145 [email protected] 4000rpm

The Transmission duties are handled by a Slick Shifting and Superb 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, This is probably the Best Performing Transmission in this comparison as the Gear Shifts are Precise and engaging to shift gears through.

In terms of Power Figures, the Hyundai Veloster has its nose slightly ahead of the rest of the Pack but the Ford Fiesta ST offers the Highest Torque in the segment.

Acceleration

The 1.6L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Motor delivers exhilarating performance with the acceleration being one of the best in the segment.

The 2019 Fiesta ST manages to achieve the 60MPH in under 7 seconds which has been made possible because of the lively engine and low curb weight.

Models

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

N/A

7.5 sec

N/A

6.2 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

14.7sec

N/A

16.0 sec

N/A

14.8 sec

N/A

Curb weight (lbs.)

2742

2870

3060

2978

2833

3082

Engine

1.6L Turbo I4

1.5L Turbo I4

2.0L I4

1.4L Turbo I4

1.6L Turbo I4

2.0L Boxer 4

Emission

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

6.3

5.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

7.1

The Hyundai Veloster’s small power advantage beats the Fiesta in the 0-60mph run but not by much. The Ford matches the Hyundai in the quarter mile which we feel is partly due to the lower weight of the Ford as compared to the Hyundai.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST continues to be a segment benchmark in terms of the Ride and Handling offered.

The Specially Tuned Sporty Suspension offers a stiffer ride over the regular fiesta but does enhance the cornering ability of the Fiesta by a great margin. Make the Fiesta pass over speed bumps or potholes at slightly higher than normal speeds and you will feel the bumps creep through the road on to your Seat. The Ride however is acceptable when doing normal city speeds or when not testing the limits of the ST.

The Handling of the 2019 Fiesta ST is “Hands Down”, the Best in Class. The Torque Vectoring and 3 Step Electronic Stability Control allows for superb high speed stability around turns and corners while maintaining poise at high speeds.

The Rigid Chassis inspires high speed cornering while the Electric Power Assisted Steering delivers a light feel during low speeds and less steering assist at high speeds for a more connected driving feeling.

Braking

With an all Disc Setup on all 4 wheels and an All Wheel ABS System, the Braking of the 2019 Fiesta ST is confidence inspiring and cuts down speeds quickly.

The 3 Step Electronic Stability Control reduces the Nose dive under Hard Braking and reduces the wobbly and snake like movement of the Rear end of the hatch during heavy braking.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST

Honda Civic Sport

Toyota Corolla XSE

Chevrolet Cruze Premier

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport

Brake Front (in.)

10.9

11.1

11.5

N/A

12

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10

10.2

10.5

N/A

10.3

10.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2742

2870

3060

2978

2833

3082

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

N/A

131

N/A

110

N/A

The Hyundai Veloster courtesy of its bigger brakes comes to a dead halt from 60 the quickest in the segment but the Ford because of its clever braking technology comes the next closest in this comparison to the Veloster.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Fuel Economy

Expecting High Fuel Economies from a performance Hatchback won’t be the most sensible thing to do. The Ford Fiesta ST is one such hatchback which is a testimony to this fact.

The Ford Fiesta is one of the most powerful Cars in this comparison and when compared to the other cars in this comparison, the Fiesta ST fares well.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

MPG (city)

25

29

28

28

26

22

MPG (highway)

32

38

37

38

33

30

MPG (combined)

28

33

31

32

29

25

Fuel Tank Capacity

12.4

12.4

13.2

13.7

13.2

13.2

The Ford Fiesta manages to outshine some other naturally aspirated and lower powered Cars in this comparison in terms of overall Fuel Efficiency. This can also be attributed to the fact that the Ford has is one of the lightest in the segment.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Interior

8.0/10
“The Fiesta has a few touches here and there that let you know Ford is trying to make you feel special” –Edmunds.com

Ergonomics and Comfort

The Fiesta offers Seating Space for 5 Adults yet actually, things are somewhat different. The Front Head Room, Leg Room and Shoulder Room will be average for normal size travelers. Things anyway get somewhat dodgy when we get to the back.

The Rear Seating territory in principle can accommodate 3 Adults however in all reality, it should be best left for Short Adults or Children. The Headroom isn't incredible and taller riders may discover their Head contacting the Roof all the more regularly.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/52.7/43.6

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.4/53.9/42.0

38.9/54.9/42.0

38.1/56.0/42.6

39.8/56.7/43.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/49.0/31.2

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.5/29.9

37.8/53.2/36.1

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.2/55.6/36.5

The Rear Shoulder Room isn't the best in Class too and the dull insides adds to the claustrophobic feeling inside the Hatch.

The Seating Materials aren't of the best Quality while the Cushioning of the Seats could have been better considering the price. You however have the option to upgrade to Recaro Seats by paying some extra money.

Infotainment

One of the Strong points of the 2019 Ford Fiesta Hatch is its Infotainment System. The SYNC Infotainment system from Ford is one of the most intuitive to use and learn.

Ford Engineers have spent a lot of time in enhancing the overall experience of the system and it shows. The Layout is plain and simple with the main display showing the various connectivity options like Sirius XM, Phone Connectivity via Apple Car Play or Android Auto, Bluetooth and more.

The Ford MyKey allows customers to put a limit on the maximum speed and volume of the Music you are playing.

Interior Features

The Ford Fiesta has a good set of Interior Features which are very intuitive and easy to use. Some of those include

  • Ford MyKey
  • 12V Front and Rear power point
  • Cruise Control
  • Ambient Lighting
  • 5” touchscreen infotainment system
  • Sony Audio System with SiriusXM, USB, Bluetooth and AUX connectivity
  • Front Console Center Armrest
  • Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity
  • Multifunction Message Center with LCD Screen
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats
  • 6 Way Manual Adjust driver seat and 4 way manual adjust passenger seat

Cargo Capacity

Ford has tried to makes the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST a bit more practical hatchback than the last year iteration. The 2019 Ford Fiesta has 10.1 cu ft. of storage space behind the rear seats but can be increased by folding the Rear Seats.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.1

22.6

17.8

22.7

19.9

20.8

Despite the Improvements in the Cargo Space, Ford still has some way to match the competition. The utilitarian hatches like the Honda Civic and the Cruze offer nearly double the storage of the Fiesta. However, the 60/40 split seats increase the overall rear space to a certain extent.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Exterior

Shoppers are probably not drawn into showrooms for the 2019 Ford Fiesta’s styling. The 2019 Fiesta hatchback has some nice curves- TheCarConnection.com

Design

Ford has continued with its Aston Martin inspired design for the Front Portion of the exteriors of the 2019 Fiesta Hatchback (Ford owned Aston in the 90’s with Volvo under a group called the Premier Automotive Group).

The Design of the Fiesta ST is quite similar to the regular Fiesta but with some subtle differences.

There is a Blackened Mesh Grill with a ST logo sitting on the Corner of the Front Grill and on the front door sill plates.

You also get some sharp lines running throughout the bonnet of the ST which gives it an extra character.

Exterior Dimensions

The Ford Fiesta ST pitches itself as a compact hatchback and its dimensions testify this fact. It is the Shortest in this comparison and the thinnest as well.

The Compact dimensions aids the Fiesta’s cause while parking or moving through tight spaces.

Model

Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Honda Civic Sport hatchback

Toyota Corolla XSE hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Premier hatchback

Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-spec hatchback

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback

Length(in)

160.1

177.9

169.9

175.3

166.9

175.6

Width(in)

67.8

70.8

69.9

70.5

70.9

70.0

Height(in)

57.2

56.3

57.1

57.7

55.1

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

6.4

5.1

N/A

5.6

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

98.0

106.3

103.9

106.3

104.3

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

57.7/57

60.5/61.1

60.3/60.8

N/A

61/61.5

60.6/60.8

The Compact dimension allows the Chassis of the Fiesta to modulate the speeds better and offer better grip and stability while driving at high speeds.

There is lesser wind drag and higher aerodynamic efficiency owing to the compact design of the Ford Fiesta ST.

Exterior Features

The 2019 Ford Fiesta has a decent set of Exterior Features, which differentiates it from the rest of the compact hatchbacks. Some of those features include

  • Cap Less Fuel Filter
  • Rear Windshield Wiper
  • High Mounted Rear lid Spoiler
  • 17” Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • Solar Tinted Glass
  • Keyless Entry
  • Twin Chamber Quad Beam Halogen Headlamps with Black Surround Bezel
  • Performance Summer Tires and Brake Pads
  • ST logo on front grill and door sills

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Safety

The 2019 Ford Fiesta offers most of the Safety Features that other Cars in the segment offer. You have the usual suspects like Anti-Lock Braking systems with Electronic Brake force Distribution as Standard. You also get Remote Keyless Entry and a Securi Lock Passive Anti-Theft System has standard.

The other safety features include

  • Tire Pressure monitoring system
  • Rear View camera
  • SOS Post Crash Alert System
  • Side Curtain, Driver Knee and Front Airbags with 7 other Airbags
  • 3 Step Electronic Stability Control
  • Torque vectoring
  • 4 Wheel Disc Brakes and ABS
  • Side intrusion Door Beams

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Competition

Ford Fiesta Hatchback vs Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

The Hyundai Veloster is a performance offering from Hyundai that directly competes with the Fiesta ST. The Hyundai offers a lot of power and performance from its Turbocharged Motor without compromising on Interior Space for the Passengers. The Ford Fiesta ST however is a proper 4 door hatchback and is the most fun to drive because of its super responsive steering and able chassis.

Ford Fiesta Hatchback vs Honda Civic Hatchback

The Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the segment because of its Sporty Handling and Great Practicality. The Engine of the Civic hatchback delivers decent Fuel Economy as well. The Ford Fiesta ST is however, at a different league all together when it comes to Power, Performance and Handling. The Potent Chassis and the Punchy Engine comes together to form a fantastic Driving Enthusiast’s package which is hard to beat at this package.

Ford Fiesta Hatchback vs Subaru Impreza Hatchback

The Subaru Impreza is the only Hatchback in the segment that comes with a Standard All Wheel Drive. This gives it an edge over all its rivals in terms of overall grip in slippery and tricky condition and a sporty chassis adds to the overall driving dynamism. The Ford Fiesta trumps the Impreza in terms of Sheer power and performance and even though the Ford lacks an AWD setup, the Fiesta more than makes up for the same with a stiff chassis and super grippy tires.

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Final Verdict

The Ford Fiesta ST offers amazing performance and ride dynamics at a very affordable price. The Fiesta ST is a driving purists’ dream as the Steering and the Chassis work in perfect harmony, to create the perfect driving experience. The Chassis feels stiff when you ride the Fiesta hard over bumps but take it down corners and the Chassis makes the Fiesta, a Hoot to drive through them. The Veloster comes close in providing sporty handling and performance but the Ford has its nose ahead as it is a proper 4 door Hatchback while the Veloster is 3 Door.

So, if you truly want a Hot Compact hatchback at a fraction of the price of a performance Hatch, the Ford Fiesta ST is still undoubtedly the “True King”.

Pros

Incredible Handling

Peppy Engine

Infotainment System

Cons

Low Cargo Space

What's New?

Updated infotainment System



Styles

 2019 Ford Fiesta ST in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2019 Ford Fiesta ST in Shadow Black color  2019 Ford Fiesta ST in Orange Spice Metallic Tri-Coat color  2019 Ford Fiesta ST in Magnetic Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

8.0

Driving

8.5

Comfort

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Base

Base

power
197 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$21,340


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $21,340 MSRP (25 mpg/28/32 mpg) 197 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Orange Spice Metallic Tri-Coat
  White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  Magnetic Metallic
  Shadow Black