With its lowered suspension, dynamic sports styling and red ST badge attached proudly to the front grille, it is immediately obvious that the new Ford Fiesta ST is no mere runaround, but rather a hot hatch capable of delivering extreme driving thrills. With its full body styling kit, ST sports suspension with 15mm lowered ride height and a rear spoiler, this three-door hatchback looks every bit the performance car.
Five-spoke 17-inch alloys sit below flared wheel arches, while at the back of the car is the ST's chrome dual exhaust pipe. By upgrading from the entry-level model, a host of additional features come as standard, from privacy glass and halogen projector-style headlights with combined LED daytime running lights on the ST-2 version, through to automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and the Ford KeyFree System on the top-of-the-range ST-3 model.
The interior is refined and spacious, with everything you'd expect to find inside a performance car, including intuitively-placed driver controls. The sense of exclusivity is heightened by the use of racing-style Recaro cloth seats, red stitch detailing and leather trims on the steering wheel and gearstick.
Audio and smartphone connectivity is controlled through the Ford SYNC multimedia system, which includes a DAB radio and CD player. The range has three trim options available. The higher-spec models include partial leather seats, cruise control, a Sony DAB radio and CD player with sat nav, and keyless technology in the form of the Ford Power Starter Button.
Beneath the bonnet of the ST lies the formidable 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbo charged engine, capable of delivering 180bhp and maximum torque of 290Nm. It will go from 0-60mph in just under 6.9 seconds. The six-speed transmission is smooth and Ford's Torque Vectoring Control system helps to ensure that power is routed to where it's needed, ensuring precise handling and maximum grip. The vehicle's Electronic Stability Control has three settings, allowing you to select the best option to match your driving style.
Come to Peoples, the leading Ford Fiesta ST dealer in Scotland and Liverpool, if you want to find out more about this particular model or perhaps one of the many other Fords in stock. We can explain our range of affordable finance options and easily arrange a test drive at your nearest dealership.