Ford Fiesta ST 2018 review

  • First Drive Ford Fiesta ST 2018 UK review
    Latest Fiesta to wear red ST badge is more refined than predecessor and more satisfying to drive over a range of speeds than any of its rivals
  • First Drive Ford Fiesta ST 2018 review
    Third-gen hot Fiesta has plenty of pace and character, outstanding handling poise and a more sophisticated ride than its predecessor – another class leader in w
Matt Saunders Autocar
7 May 2018
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What is it?

Remember when hot hatchbacks felt like a break from the rigorous commercial norm of the car business? Oddballs and extroverts such as the Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg R, Citroën AX GT and Renault Clio V6? They certainly don’t make ‘em like that any more.

The modern descendents of these cars may still be fun to drive but, at least as far as the industry is concerned, they’re now also serious cars – and serious money-making machines. Often seen as key ‘brand-builders’ by the companies producing them, hot superminis are now twice as popular in Europe as they were just five years ago. And both the specification of the new third-generation Ford Fiesta ST and the evident time and effort lavished on it by in-house tuning department Ford Performance echo that commercial reality loud and clear.

Coming along just a year after the launch of the seventh-generation Fiesta hatchback on which it’s based, the new ST model has a list of hardware upgrades and performance features more lengthy and impressive, in many ways, than that of the car with which Team RS built its modern reputation: the 2002 Focus RS.