- Accessible for £15,000
- 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo, front-wheel drive
- Thrumtastic triple delivers efficiency, financial system and character
- Trip is much less punishing than earlier Fiesta ST’s
- No main drivetrain issues coming to mild as but
- Cabin high quality a lot improved however nonetheless to not Polo requirements
Earlier than we begin, a fast notice. We’ll be referring to the 2018-on ST because the Mk 8. We do not suggest to enter why. Simply settle for that we’ll be calling it the Mk 8. Thanks.
Proper, on we go, and only for annoyance’s sake, let’s begin by speaking concerning the Mk 7 ST. This was by frequent consent some of the cherished scorching hatches ever, primarily based nearly totally on the purity and joyousness of its dealing with. All proper, so the journey wasn’t splendid in the event you have been affected by a nasty case of the Farmers and with out even researching this to keep away from potential embarrassment, we’re fairly assured that it received no prizes in any way for the standard of its inside.
The difficulty with a well-liked and well-loved automobile comes when it is time for it to get replaced. It was nearly as if Ford knew its personal automobile was going to be a troublesome act to comply with, as a result of they saved hot-Fiesta followers ready for effectively over a 12 months between the early 2017 launch of the eighth-generation Fiesta and the arrival of the ST hero model in Could 2018. It appeared that Ford Efficiency was spending effort and time on ensuring that the Mk 8 wasn’t going to be seen as a moist squib as compared with the Mk 7.
When pre-launch pics of the Mk 8 ST appeared, some hardcore followers have been questioning if Ford’s designers had been mainlining on Nytol. It could be improper to counsel that first impressions have been underwhelming, however in the event you drew a line with ‘lairy’ on the left and ‘mature’ on the precise, the place of the brand new ST on that line had actually been shifted over to the precise. That was an attention-grabbing change of route for the ST model, and doubtlessly a harmful one from the perspective of name loyalty, however the considering was that it may very well be tolerated by new-age patrons in search of a small Ford with a bit extra Polo and a bit much less Barry in it – so long as no one messed with the dynamic expertise.
The journey of the brand new automobile was softer than earlier than, although in fact, it might hardly have been more durable. Turbocharging was there too, as you’d count on, however the scarier pre-release information was the change in engine format from 1.6 inline 4 to 1.5 inline three. The choice to cut a cylinder wasn’t attributed to the same old want to save lots of weight. Certainly, as soon as a balancer shaft had been added to the Ecoboost triple, there was solely 10kg or so distinction between it and the previous 4. The three did deliver a small gasoline saving, which was spectacular given the gen-eight’s 100kg weight achieve over the earlier mannequin, however extra importantly, Ford reckoned knocking a cylinder off added to the ‘character’, one thing that was changing into more and more elusive in a buzzing vista of four-pot scorching hatches.
The beginning worth for the ST-1 was just a little over £19,000, which was fairly respectable for a automobile with the ST’s spec sheet and – followers hoped – glorious street manners. The ST-3 range-topper value £21,500, with the ST-2 sitting in between at £20,245. One other £850 would purchase you a Efficiency Pack that included a Quaife restricted slip differential, launch management and a shift mild indicator. Satisfaction and leisure have been promised even with out that pack fitted, although.
At present, three-and-a-bit years on, how a lot will you be paying for a used ST? An ex-demo instance of an ST Version (300 of which have been offered within the UK) with nearly every little thing on it could actually are available at over £29k. That may seem to be rather a lot for a used Fiesta. On the very least it reveals you ways good Ford is at upselling, on condition that the present on-the-road worth for a brand new ST-3 was £24,850 as we went to press.
Fortuitously, on the extra inexpensive finish of the spectrum, you may choose up a correct 200hp ST from 2018 with 30-odd thousand miles on it for not way more than £15,000. That is proper: fifteen grand for what may very well be the best-driving small hatch on the street, and a present mannequin at that. Add two grand or so to the pot and you possibly can be proudly trying on the keys of a 25,000-mile Efficiency Packed ST with Bang & Olufsen sound.
Simply ensure you do not by accident purchase a similar-looking ST-Line Fiesta, as a result of that is a wholly totally different kettle of fish with a 1.0-litre engine that does not fairly hit the 140hp mark.
SPECIFICATION | FORD FIESTA ST (2018-on)
Engine: 1,497cc three-cylinder 12v turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed automated, front-wheel drive
Energy (hp): 200@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 214@1,600-4,000rpm
0-62mph (secs): 6.5
Prime pace (mph): 144
Weight (kg): 1,262
MPG (official mixed): 47.1
CO2 (g/km): 192
Wheels (in): 7.5 x 17
On sale: 2018 – on
Worth new (2018): £19,245 (ST-2 £21,495, ST-3 £21,995)
Worth now: from £15,000
Notice for reference: automobile weight and energy knowledge aree onerous to pin down with absolute certainty. For consistency, we use the identical supply for all our guides. We hope the info we use is true extra typically than it is improper. Our recommendation is to deal with it as relative reasonably than definitive.
ENGINE & GEARBOX
Not everybody loves the off-beat rumble of a three-cylinder engine, however even in the event you have been the president of the ‘I Hate Triples’ society, you’d need to grudgingly admit that Ford did an awesome job of not solely smoothing out the pulsing of its Ecoboost 1.5, but in addition endowing it with a rorty ‘half a 911’ exhaust notice, albeit one which was speaker-enhanced.
The engine would shut down certainly one of its cylinders on a cruise to save lots of gasoline, however once you have been on the gasoline, it could parp, buzz, pop and bustle in a fashion that was completely in step with the ST’s mission assertion and jovial dynamics.
Some early automobiles had an oil leak on the highest left-hand facet of the cam cowl. This typically led to a alternative engine beneath guarantee. Different house owners thought they observed a slight hesitancy within the first two gears. However neither of those points must be current in automobiles presently on the used market.
The ST would not fairly do 100km/h in second gear, so your makes an attempt to match the official 0-62 time of 6.5sec – off the general public street, in fact – would rely to some extent in your handiness with the previous gear knob. Discovering out how expert you have been in that division was a satisfying method to spend the day due to the stubby shift, just-right clutch motion and potential for heel-and-toeing. There have been reviews of snapping shift cables, thoughts.
The ribs on the intercooler and aircon unit have been fairly delicate and may very well be bent out of form by a stress washer and even flying bugs in the event that they have been meaty sufficient. Even in the event you did greater than your justifiable share of caning it, you’ll don’t have any hassle reaching mpg figures within the excessive thirties or early forties, supplying you with a straightforward 350-mile vary between fill-ups.
Fairly a number of house owners went for tuning with open cone induction, remaps, exhausts and the like. Mountune supplied a factory-approved M235 improve that actually enhanced the drive.
Earlier fashions turned the ST right into a byword (or a by-acronym) for good dealing with, and regardless of these early misgivings about ‘Polo-isation’, the Mk 8 was no letdown.
The intelligent ‘progressive’ suspension made use of barely curved Drive Vectoring rear springs rather than the same old Watts linkage to scale back rear-axle twist. That was the idea anyway, and who was going to argue with Ford in terms of small-car chassis improvement? They thought of it ok to be patented, anyway. It saved weight, and the suspension as a complete was a smart however efficient step ahead over the previous ST’s filling-jiggling setup.
Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres led some commentators to surprise if the grip would possibly overwhelm the enjoyable (Pilot Sport 4S tyres are a standard alternative alternative). Many of the fears weren’t justified, nevertheless. Going into a good bend, you possibly can cock an inside rear wheel within the air within the most interesting French scorching hatch custom after which be hauled out of it, tidily in normal trim or by the scruff of the neck in case your automobile had the Efficiency Pack with the Quaife diff. Turning off the traction and stability controls gave you entry to a level of tail-out motoring, however to ensure they have been turned off utterly, you needed to maintain the ESC button down for a superb few seconds in Race mode to get affirmation of ‘offness’ on the front-of-driver display.
The earlier ST’s tendency to bounce had been properly quelled, and the brand new steering rack was very responsive at beneath two turns lock to lock, 14 per cent faster than the previous one, so all of the components have been in place for a magical driving expertise that was largely delivered. The one downsides to the brand new automobile’s Riverdance quick-footedness have been a still-nibbly journey on something aside from a clean street and a barely peculiar really feel on the wheel, nearly as if anyone had wedged a few elastic bands into the joint between the steering column and the wheel boss.
For much more targeted dealing with, you possibly can put your identify down for certainly one of 300 Efficiency Version STs that have been placed on sale within the UK in 2020. Along with the Efficiency Pack with the Quaife diff, these reasonably fab-looking Deep Orange automobiles had a Efficiency coilover suspension pack with stainless-steel damper housings and powder-coated springs in Efficiency Blue. This package lowered the journey top by 15mm on the entrance and 10mm on the rear and may very well be adjusted manually by means of 12 bump and 16 rebound settings. ST alloys have been recognized to corrode. Studying about this on-line, you get the impression that Ford has been good about changing these beneath guarantee.
The ST was out there as both a 3 or a five-door, however as you’d count on in a automobile like this, the fives are very a lot within the minority. You bought a lift-reducing roof spoiler and splitter whichever bodystyle you selected.
ST house owners might need been aggrieved by the truth that their automobile appeared similar to the cheaper and far slower ST Line, with solely a barely totally different grille and a few gray surrounds for the foglamps to sign the ‘correct’ ST from the entrance. Some house owners observed lacking paint within the space across the be part of between the again bumper and the rear wing, notably on automobiles in lighter colors like Frozen White or Silver Fox. Delamination of the headlights’ internal movie, sticking door edge protectors and non-weathertight window rubbers have been additionally famous. Some windscreens cracked, giving rise to discussion board hypothesis that the glass was too skinny.
It was potential to possibility a really good two-piece panoramic roof with blinds, a fly display and international closing on the fob. One barely annoying function of this was that you simply could not go from absolutely open to ‘rear up’ in a single operation. You needed to absolutely shut the roof first after which flip up the again.
Heko wind deflectors have been a well-liked aftermarket purchase for the ST, together with CEUK LED foglights and higher tailgate struts to interchange the weak manufacturing facility gadgets. The LED headlights possibility made loads of sense at £600. It was a disgrace that the luxury LED entrance indicators have been let down on the rear by boring previous curly-filament jobs.
Visibility out of the automobile day or evening was glorious, contributing to that heat feeling the driving force had of being in complete management. The door mirrors appeared small however they labored fantastically.
Though it could not fairly match the standard really feel of one thing just like the Polo GTI, the cabin of the Mk 8 ST was a superb reduce above that of its predecessor. The same old Ford bundle of ensported wheel, pedals, gearknob and dials married up properly to the faux (however good high quality faux) carbon fibre trim.
Some early adopters settled for the ST-2 as there was a little bit of a look forward to ST-3s within the first 12 months (round six months) and the reductions weren’t pretty much as good on the ST-1s. The ST-2 was a superb shout anyway as the primary gadgets you have been lacking from the usual ST-3 spec have been white stitching on the half-leather seats, 18in wheels, folding mirrors with puddle lights, automated wipers and full beam and keyless entry. The auto excessive beam was a little bit of a legal responsibility because it might come on on the most inappropriate instances, and individuals who frightened about useless battery utilization weren’t huge followers of keyless entry. For some nevertheless the white-stitched seats have been a should, because the blue stitching on the usual ST-2 seats might look a bit manky on automobiles that weren’t painted in Efficiency Blue.
There have been situations of sagging/unfastened seat cloth, typically within the very first week of possession. Once more you get the sense that Ford held their company palms up in coping with this downside, however we’re undecided how a lot guarantee pleasure house owners had when holes developed within the cloth within the space round the place the highest and backside sections got here collectively close to the outer facet hinge. A minimum of the Mk 8’s entrance seats have been usefully decrease than the too-high perches of the Mk 7.
The SYNC 3 infotainment and sat-nav system labored effectively with Apple CarPlay however there have been situations of it freezing. A fast off-on usually fastened that. Oddly, the ST-2 had B&O audio system however no sat-nav, whereas the higher-spec ST-3 had sat-nav however solely normal audio system, the logic presumably being that ST-3 patrons would ‘fortunately’ pay the £350 further for the B&Os to fill what would in any other case really feel like a spec gap. Consumers making an attempt to beat Ford on spec bingo discovered that the bill for an ST-2 that had been specced as much as absolutely the max can be greater than that for a 3 with every little thing thrown at it. It is all a moot level for used patrons in fact, who might or might not probability upon a spec combine that is precisely proper for them. If the selection between two automobiles boils down to at least one having the heated steering wheel and one not, consider carefully earlier than deciding that heat palms aren’t price the additional. They’re.
Keyless begin was normal on each 2 and three, and clearly gadgets like the larger wheels have been out there as choices to non-3 patrons together with all the same old Ford packs like Consolation, Rear View, Driver Help and so forth. The Recaro seats – fabric as normal on the ST-2, leather-based and Alcantara-type stuff on the ST-3, full leather-based a £1,000 possibility – appeared the enterprise and gripped you onerous. Some passengers discovered that the grip (or possibly the angle of the seat) might ship their legs to sleep on longer journeys.
There have been many reviews of squeaks from the driving force’s-side door pillar and sprint space, particularly in colder climate, and from the steering column of some automobiles when turning the wheel. We predict that Ford got here up with a tweak for that final one, which appears to have been a Fiesta-wide fault on automobiles in-built a really slender time window between mid-Could and mid-June 2019. Their repair for the sprint rattle consisted of a few judiciously positioned O-rings.
Some discovered the ST’s steering wheel to be too large, so attempt before you purchase as that may bug you on a regular basis in the event you come to the identical conclusion. One other factor that riled some house owners was the quantity of confirmatory button urgent you needed to do to clear statements of the bleedin’ apparent (like ‘automobile is on’) off the small display between the speedo and tachometer. There have been additionally a great deal of notifications to work by means of to get the automobile into Sport mode, though you possibly can short-circuit the conventional menu prompts and convey up the little ‘S’ on the display by urgent the Sport mode button 3 times in fast succession. It may very well be a bit too simple to click on a steering wheel button on the improper time, too, annoyingly skipping tracks you favored or flipping the radio station to at least one you did not.
Calling a scorching hatch ‘mature’ sounds a bit like damning it with faint reward, however it’s a good phrase to make use of to explain the advances the 2018-on Fiesta ST managed to make in tech and high quality with out negatively impacting on the sparkly driving expertise of its predecessor. The Mk 8 was a superb wee factor that hit the candy spot between enjoyable and performance. Many of the points affecting it have been minor and have, anecdotally a minimum of, been tidied up fairly well by Ford beneath guarantee.
Within the used market, it is undoubtedly price searching out automobiles with the Efficiency Pack, because the Quaife diff provides a really worthwhile further layer of adjustability. You’d have thought it could have been a no brainer for a lot of new ST patrons at £850 however in actuality, PP-optioned automobiles aren’t that thick on the bottom. A minimum of ones which are on the market, anyway. Clearly, house owners are hanging on to them in the intervening time.
One of many most cost-effective Efficiency Packed STs on PH Classifieds on the time of writing was this 22,000-mile ST-2 at £17,220. On the high finish of the market, you will discover sellers asking £29k-plus for automobiles just like the ST Version in Azura Blue that we talked about within the Overview, or £26-£27k for a Efficiency Version in Deep Orange like this 1,000-miler at £26,181.
On the reverse finish of the spectrum, £16k will put you into this 2018 29,000-mile ST-2 in black with heated seats and 18in wheels. The value displays the truth that its final service was 11,000 miles in the past.
Used ST-1s are virtually non-existent. In the event you’re proud of an ST-2, as most have been, there’s a large choice of automobiles at beneath £18k, together with - in the event you want that further little bit of practicality – this 9,000-mile 5-door at £17,999. ST-3s are rarer on the backside finish of the market however this 2018 27,000-mile P/Pack automobile is on the market for £17,999 and comes with a bushel of go-faster bits, together with a Revo intercooler, stage 1 map and Scorpion exhaust.