In 2018, Ford dropped the five-door Fiesta ST and kept only the three-door version, which was a better competitor for other pocket-rockets on the market such as Mini Cooper S or, in Europe, Renault Clio Sport.
Ford tried to make a sportier version for the Fiesta ever since the first generation, but it wasn’t until the fifth generation when it succeeded in introducing a true, performant version for it, named ST.
The 2018 model was part of the seventh generation which Ford introduced on the market in late 2016. In 2017, the blue-oval brand launched the ST version with three and five doors but starting with 2018, it kept only the fewer doors version. It sported an aggressive styling with a hexagonal pattern on the mesh-grille at the front, adorned by the red ST badge on the left lower corner. In the bumper, Ford’s designers placed an additional grille to cool the intercooler and a set of side-scoops that hosted the fog lights. A set of 17” light-alloy-wheels was fitted as standard, while a set of 18” was on the options list.
Inside, the carmaker garnished the cockpit with sport-inspired trims and a standard SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Recaro sport bucket-seats featured high-bolstered areas to prevent their occupants from sliding during high-speed cornering. A thick steering wheel with 12-o’clock stitching amplified the sport sensation of the car.
From a technical point of view, the 2018 Fiesta ST was the first that featured a Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD). That helped the car in corners and made it faster around tracks. In addition, its 200 hp engine paired to a standard, close-ratio, six-speed manual made it an excellent track-day car in its class.
ENGINE SPECS - 1.5L EcoBoost 6MT (200 HP)
|Power:||147.1 KW @ 6000 RPM|
200 HP @ 6000 RPM
197 BHP @ 6000 RPM
|Torque:||214 lb-ft @ 1600-4000 RPM|
290 Nm @ 1600-4000 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||11.1 gallons (42.0 L)|
|Top Speed:||144 mph (232 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||6.5 s|
|Drive Type:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||205/45 R17|
|Length:||160.2 in (4069 mm)|
|Width:||68.3 in (1735 mm)|
|Height:||57.8 in (1468 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||98.1 in (2492 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||11 cuFT (311 L)|
|Turning circle (curb to curb):||36.1 ft (11.0 m)|
|Unladen Weight:||2617 lbs (1187 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||3605 lbs (1635 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||136 g/km|