Ford Fiesta St 2016

Overview: We automatically warmed to die fun-to-fling Ford Fiesta ST wie man it arised from ns oven weil das the 2014 modell year, und little has readjusted since then kommen sie curb ours appetite for this hot hatch. Back it’s hewn from the standard Fiesta, Ford comprehensively reworks the version’s suspension weil das ST duty. In addition kommen sie applying die usual tricks of firming up die electrically assisted power steering and the dampers und increasing die spring rates (by around 20 percent), installation 10.9-inch behind discs, and lowering ns center of gravity von 0.6 inch, Ford also performed some comprehensive reengineering. Weil das starters, the systematically reworked ns attachment points des the former knuckles, equipment a thicker front anti-roll bar and a steering rack through a faster ratio (13.6:1 zum the ST matches 14.3:1 zum the standard Fiesta), and last, yet most definitely notfall least, integrated a computerized pseudo torque-vectoring regulate that brakes the inside prior wheel in turns, kommen sie help curb understeer und improve turn-in.

All des the chassis arbeit would be pointless without in equally passionate powertrain, deswegen Ford fits the Fiesta ST with its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder und a six-speed manual transmission as ns only powertrain. Creating 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque, die Fiesta ST soundly trumps ns 120-hp naturally aspirated four-banger and the 123-hp turbocharged three-cylinder that stärke the standard Fiesta. Ns six-speed manual’s sweet shift action makes the ST’s stärke readily accessible.


Incorporating every that technology was in international effort. Engineered über Ford in Cologne, Germany, und tuned hinweisen its proving ground an Lommel, Belgium, ns North American Fiesta ST is assembled an Mexico with an engine shipped in from ns United Kingdom. Even if it is or not its international pedigree has anything zu do with it, we tun können vouch zum the car’s fun-to-drive essence.

What’s New: Ford recognizes a an excellent thing wie man it look at it and wisely resisted die urge kommen sie fiddle with the Fiesta ST’s powertrain and suspension for 2016. (Rumors des a pending Fiesta RS jetzt look prefer wishful thinking, unfortunately.) as such, to update to ns 2016 Fiesta were limited to just a pair of tech and cosmetic options.

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Ford’s latest Sync 3 voice-recognition communications and infotainment system, through a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen add to AppLink and 911 Assist, offers boosted connectivity choices. Otherwise, well, four neu exterior colors—Shadow Black, Kona Blue, Magnetic (dark gray), and White Platinum metallic tri-coat—add a couple of more stop on the Fiesta ST’s color wheel.

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What we Like: an short, the Fiesta ST’s dossier reads favor a wish list zum anyone on a budget who enjoys driving: light an weight, (relatively) big and rorty-sounding power, a steady chassis, and, most des all, P-R-E-D-I-C-T-A-B-L-E behavior when caned within bei inch von its life. Bei ideal training vehicle zum unseasoned vehicle drivers looking to explore their limits, the ST also can provide huge grins an the hands von more skilled pilots. While driving enjoyment is the taste attraction, the Fiesta ST also has a valuable side. It ist easy kommen sie park, reasonably thrifty with fuel, and can seat 4 as lang as ns rear-seat passengers aren’t currently in the rental of bei NBA team. (It’s technically a five-seater, yet no one should endure three-across rear seating zum anything past a short jaunt.)


What we Don’t Like: Forced zu pick nits, we’d speak to out ns Fiesta ST’s interior weil das being a near carbon copy of the base Fiesta’s.

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Although die leather-wrapped steering wheel gets bei ST logo, ns leather zu sein coarse und cheap-feeling. It’d be nice if the rest von the ST’s basic interior reflect its sporting intentions through some subtle styling cues kommen sie remind you des the fun die rest of the car is capable von delivering. Plenty of drivers also complained that the seating lage made for in awkward reach to die shift lever. However, those seats on our latest prüfen car were the optional Recaros, which go a lang way zu dress things up while giving excellent support zum performing all ns hot-hatch steering shenanigans we might muster. As sie might expect, die Recaros are narrow und feel even tighter than the similar units in the emphasis ST.

Verdict: Significantly an ext entertaining than any kind of Cinco juni Mayo splitterpartei we’ve attended—and without die risk von a hangover.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

BASE PRICE: $21,845

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block und head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 97 cu in, 1596 ccPower: 197 hp
4200 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 98.0 inLength: 160.1 inWidth: 67.8 in Height: 57.2 inPassenger volume: 83 cu ftCargo volume: 10 cu ftCurb weight (C/D est): 2750 lb

FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway driving: 26/33 mpg

C/D prüfung RESULTS FOR:2014 Ford Fiesta STZero zu 60 mph: 7.0 secZero zu 100 mph: 17.6 secZero to 130 mph: 39.0 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.5 secTop gear, 30-50 mph: 9.8 secTop gear, 50-70 mph: 7.6 secStanding ¼-mile: 15.2 sec
93 mphTop rate (drag limited): 143 mphBraking, 70-0 mph: 159 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 gCurb weight: 2745 lbC/D it was observed fuel economy: 25 mpg

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