Ford Fiesta ST - best hot hatchbacks

Whereas the old Ford Fiesta ST was criticised for being too harsh, the latest model is a better compromise

Ford Fiesta ST - front

The old version of the Ford Fiesta ST is likely to be remembered as one of the finest fast Fords ever made, but its shortfall - if you can call it that - was the ride, which was too firm for some people’s tastes.

With that in mind, pitching the new Fiesta ST was always going to be a challenge, and the brand has decided to soften the hot hatch’s suspension this time around in a bid to make it more livable than before.

Ford Fiesta ST 2018 review

As a result some of the old car’s agility has been lost, but plenty of performance remains. The 1.5-litre turbo engine helps the ST to 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 144mph.

The engine is tremendously punchy, and while it noticeably tails of at 5,500rpm, it sounds rather good. Admittedly though the sound is synthesized, which will disappoint hardcore fans almost as much as the selective dampers.

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 

  1. 1. Honda Civic Type R
  2. 2. Ford Fiesta ST
  3. 3. Renault Megane RS
  4. 4. MINI Cooper S
  5. 5. Hyundai i30 N
  6. 6. Volkswagen Golf GTI
  7. 7. SEAT Leon Cupra
  8. 8. Audi RS 3
  9. 9. BMW M140i
  10. 10. Skoda Octavia vRS

Recommended

New 2022 Ford Fiesta ST facelift gets fresh face and more torque
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

New 2022 Ford Fiesta ST facelift gets fresh face and more torque

Ford has treated its peppy little Fiesta ST hot hatchback to a new front end, a few interior revisions and an extra 30Nm of torque
16 Sep 2021
Ford Fiesta ST review
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST review

Ford’s Fiesta ST has grown up, but it’s still a vibrant, exhilarating hot hatch to drive
15 Sep 2021
Best used hot hatchbacks 2021
Best used hot hatchbacks - header
Best cars & vans

Best used hot hatchbacks 2021

Our picks for the best used hot hatchbacks in the UK for 2021
18 Aug 2021
Best performance cars 2021
Best performance cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best performance cars 2021

We run through the top ten performance cars on sale in the UK right now
20 Jul 2021

Most Popular

New 2022 Honda e:NP1 and e:NS1 electric SUVs revealed with 311-mile ranges
Honda e:NP1 - front
Honda

New 2022 Honda e:NP1 and e:NS1 electric SUVs revealed with 311-mile ranges

Duo of new Honda electric SUVs revealed for China, but European spec car could follow
15 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021
New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates
Ford Focus ST Line - front
Ford Focus Hatchback

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

Ford has given the Focus hatchback a refresh for 2021, with a new design and an improved infotainment suite
14 Oct 2021