The Ford Fiesta ST-Line is a sporty little number, with lower running costs than the ‘real-deal’ Fiesta ST. Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, found out why the ST-Line might just be the compromise you’ve been looking for if ‘hot-hatch’ looks, married with a ‘warm-hatch’ drive, are your thing.
You’d imagine that Ford might be content by having the Ford Fiesta, the best-selling motor in the United Kingdom, on its balance sheets. The hatchback can do no wrong, but the Blue Oval brand isn’t resting on its laurels and has ushered in the Ford Fiesta ST-Line. This trim level offers the athletic, desired image of the touted ST hot-hatch, but with lower running costs and more comfort.
There aren’t many hatchbacks on the motoring market that drive as sharply as a Ford Fiesta, but what makes it so rewarding to drive? The easiest explanation would be that the Fiesta ST-Line excels in feel and agility. The speed of its steering certainly sparkles and it corrects particularly quickly in corners. The test car I drove came with the capable 1.0-litre 140PS Ecoboost unit. An inspiring and authoritative little lump, that adds certain pliability to the driving experience. The Ford Fiesta ST-Line does a significant job of communicating via the gearbox, steering wheel and pedals to give you real driver confidence.
Zero to 62mph is achieved in 9.0 seconds on the way to 125mph. But, what about the more level-headed side of things? Well, Ford claims the 1.0-litre 140PS Ecoboost engine should be able to return 62mpg, so anticipate something between 45 and 55mpg if driven hard in the real world. Emissions are listed as 102g/km of CO2, which is low for a petrol-propelled motor.
Looks-wise, the Fiesta has managed to stay handsome, even though it’s been on the scene in its current guise for a good few years. That said; a new model was revealed at Geneva this year, so keep an eye out for that. The present Fiesta, as we know it, is stylish and it suits a muscular body kit. Therefore, in ST-Line guise, with its dark alloy wheels and lower suspension, it looks the business.
Inside, the existing Ford Fiesta suffers from an elderly infotainment system and a profusion of switches on the dashboard that make it feel a little ‘last decade’. However, in ST-Line trim, you do get some funky cabin additions. Flashy seats with red stitching hold you steadfastly in place when taking a corner, and they’re comfy, too. There are stainless-steel pedals for that jaunty feeling underfoot, plus the leather-adorned steering wheel and gearstick from the Ford Fiesta ST add a certain je ne sais quoi.
Little hatchbacks, like the Fiesta ST-Line, aren’t chock-a-block with the kit, but you do get the essentials. Electric windows, air-conditioning and power steering are present and correct, as is that ageing infotainment system.
It is challenging to get past the fact that the Fiesta feels a bit of a mature car inside now – and that’s why Ford is producing a new model, which will be out very soon. Nevertheless, today’s Fiesta ST-Line is enormously enjoyable to drive. So, if you’re the kind of driver who likes to grab a car by its collar for a weekend burn, then this ‘warm’, rather than ‘hot’ hatchback will do it for you. It won’t empty your pockets, either. Why not contact Perrys Ford dealerships to find out more?
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Sporty √
- Fun √
- Comfortable √
- Efficient √
- Ageing Cabin X
- Max speed: 125 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.0 secs
- Combined mpg: 62.8
- Engine layout: 999cc three-cylinder turbo petrol
- Max. power (PS): 140
- CO2: 102 g/km
- Price: £17,595