2018 Ford Fiesta Review Specs And Features Colma Ca 2018 Ford Fiesta Specs
2018 Ford Fiesta Review Specs And Features Colma Ca 2018 Ford Fiesta Specs

2018 Ford Fiesta Specs Colors, Release Date, Redesign, Price

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Remember that sports car you always wanted
when you were a kid. You dreamed of how fast it would be, how well
it would handle, maybe even how much power it would have. Sadly, and like most people, you had to grow
up, so you bought a sensible family hatchback instead. But what if you could still have sports car
performance, but in a car that also had five seats, a useable boot and which didn’t cost
the earth to buy or run. Welcome then to the world of the hot hatchback. In the past these cars have had something
of a bad press.

They were seen as a staple choice of rebellious
young drivers, and more often than not ended up in the hedges of countryside roads. In more recent times though they’ve been a
great way for drivers to get sports car thrills, without the sports car budget. This is the Fiesta ST, it’s one of our favorite
examples of the breed and, as it’s name suggests, it’s based on the Ford Fiesta, a car, which
lets not forget, is currently the best selling new model in the UK. Under the bonnet is a 1.6 litre, turbocharged
petrol engine which gets you 179 brake horsepower, but you also get a rear spoiler, a different
front grill, lowered suspension and these ST alloy wheels to complete the look. The Fiesta ST’s 1.6 litre petrol engine is
willing to be revved harder than the other turbocharged motors youll find out there. it’s power delivery is progressive and its
willing to respond from low down in the rev range. Now as standard you get this 6-speed manual
gear box, it’s a real gem, providing slick and smooth changes. In short, it makes it easy to get the most
out of this engine. Now sound is a big selling point for hot hatchbacks,
because even if these cars don’t look too different from the standard on which there
based, they have to sound sporty. The Fiesta ST certainly does, but, a word
of warning, it’s booming exhaust nodes might be a bit too much for some buyers if you’re
using this car every day. The ride is pretty firm and the Fiesta ST
can feel unsettled either on the motorway or urban roads. That said, as a basis for great handling,
the standard ford Fiesta is already pretty good, when that combined with the ST’s extra
grip, well weighted steering and feedback, this is the best handling small hot hatchback
by a country mile. What really impresses though is that the ST
does all this, while remaining a perfectly usable family car, with one caveat, you have
to put up with its firm ride. If you want even more performance consider
the ST 200 special edition. You get a bit more power, up to 197 brake
horsepower in fact, and the 0-62mph sprint time drops from 6.9 seconds to 6. You also
get extra badges and a few bespoke interior treatments. Be warned though, it’s an expensive upgrade,
and in our opinion it’s, ultimately, not worth the money. Inside the Fiesta ST the most obvious difference
between this car and it’s Ford Fiesta sibling is the addition of these comfortable Recaro
sports seats. they’re bolstered across the shoulders to
give you extra support and they do a good job of keeping you in place through the bends
if you are having a spirited. With the Fiesta ST being a sporty car you’re
going to want sit set up just how you like it, and thats easy when it comes to the steering
wheel because it adjusts for reach as well as height.

The same cant be said of the seats because
there is only manual adjustment. That said, two of the controls are easy to
find, there’s a bar here to move you forwards and backwards, and a crank next to the door
to lift you up and down, although if you want to adjust the angle of the seat, the dial
is rather awkwardly located. forward visibility is very good. looking out of the rear screen id a bit more
restricted, but rear parking sensors are an affordable option on all trim levels. Now if you go for the entry level ST model,
this dashboard is covered in hard grey plastic, but if you go for the ST2 or ST3 versions,
and it’s the ST3 we’ve got here, then you get this Sony infotainment system as well. It looks rather smart, but there are still
far too many buttons on the dashboard, and the system can actually be quite fiddly to
use. Every Fiesta ST gets air conditioning, Bluetooth
and a single USB port down here in the front.Go for ST 2 over that and you also get heated
front seats and part leather upholstery and the option to add various things like cruise
control too. This ST3 trim gets you even more luxury, including
sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control, keyless entry-and -go
and power folding door mirrors. The ST200 on top of that, gets a bespoke exterior
look, including special badges. For our money though, the ST2 represents the
best balance between affordability and kit. This Sony infotainment screen is really quite
small by moder standards, and because it’s not a touch screen everything is controlled
by these buttons. The result is a system that is fiddly to use
and its not really up to scratch in terms of extra features or graphics either. You’ll certainly finder easier, more intuitive
in both the Volkswagen Polo GTI and renault sport clio. So lets go through some of the features in
this sony infotainment system. First up, lets set a destination in the nav. You press the nav button, get a little warning
message, and then it’s on to a destination input. Now as I said, this isn’t a touch screen so
everything has to be entered manually using these buttons, and although everything is
clearly layed out on the screen, we’d much prefer either a touch screen, or even better,
a rotary dial. That said, you can just about navigate your
way around, and if I input the destination into here, which does take a little bit longer
because you’re using buttons. There we go, we can get a postcode and we
can start.

I’ve already connected my phone via Bluetooth
and navigating to it is fairly easy, we select back on the system and navigate to sync phone. Now sync is the name of Ford’s infotainment
system, and if I select that I can dial a number or have a look at my call history or
phone book. Thers also a voice activated system on here,
but as with most systems of this type, its sketchy to us at best. If practicality is high on your list of priorities
then it’s good news if you’re only going to be carrying two people, because there is plenty
of space up here in the front, even for taller drivers. If you plan on carrying any more than that
though things get a bit different, because this rear bench is only really suitable for
children. The ST’s sloping roof line limits headroom
, and these Recaro sports seats dont do anything for leg room either. theres now a five door version of theFiesta
ST is currently available too, but most of the current cars come with three doors, and
that means theres plenty of ducking and twisting needed to get seated on this rear bench. The gap you have to get through is very small,
and you have to reset these front seats to your liking once you’re in. The Fiesta’s boot is fine for everyday use,
and there’s enough space in here for up to either a weekly shop or for a couple of overnight
bags, and you can drop the rear seats if you need to load bulkier items. Be warned though because the space they create
isn’t flat, though you can opt for a variable height boot floor. Next to its closest rivals, cars like the
Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault sport clio, the Fiesta ST represents good value. It’s list price is fairly low, and if you’re
willing to look around, or haggle at the dealership, there are plenty of good finance deals too. The biggest problem with cars of this type
though is insurance, especially for younger drivers, and if that turns out to be an issue,
you might want to look at warmer hatchbacks, cars like the Suzuki Swift sport, which is
still entertaining to drive, but a lot more affordable to run. Despite it’s grin enducing performance, the
ST is also fairly economical and you should expect to see around 40 miles per gallon under
real world conditions. Its lst price and CO2 emitions make it competitive
for anyone considering one on a company car scheme as well. Wed stick with our recommended ST2 trim level,
which gets you most of the kit youre going to want but you will have to pay extra to
add a spare tyre on any version of the ST. As standard you get a tyre inflation kit and
a thatchem improved alarm. Make no mistake, this is one of the best hot
hatchbacks around right now. Its great fun to drive, and those thrills dont
come with an expensive price tag or high running costs. Now for plenty more on the Ford Fiesta ST
including our full online review, head to WhatCar.com .

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