The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is nothing less than the perfect definition of a pocket-rocket. It’s a one-of-a-kind car that doesn’t really have any direct competitors. It offers a powerful engine with sporty and dynamic handling, all packaged as a nimble subcompact car.
First off, Ford should be congratulated for having the guts to build the Ford Fiesta ST. This is not a car that Ford absolutely had to offer since, once again, there are no other models like it. In other words, Ford is a pioneer in an untapped segment that we hope will grow in the coming years.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is powered by a 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine that generates 197-horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque. To achieve such power from a relatively small engine, Ford turned to a turbocharger. Those 197 horses are sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, and nothing else.
What about torque steer?
My first observation is that there quite a lot of power. The ST badge on this little pocket-rocket’s grill is not just for show. My second observation is that there is very little torque steer, even if you stomp your foot on the gas pedal. There’s a bit of movement in the steering wheel, but it’s not enough to prevent the driver from enjoying the Fiesta ST without reservation.
The manual transmission is a joy to handle with its short throw and fluid mouvements. The clutch is firm, although a tad long, but again, its not bad enough to deter from the driving experience. On a winding road, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST shines. Steering is firm and connected, and gives the driver the enjoyable feeling of driving an authentic sports car. It also provides whoever is behind the wheel with tons of confidence, allowing one to toss the car into any curve with gusto. The suspension provides unparalleled handling that is not far off what the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST’s big brother, can offer.
However, a performance-oriented suspension brings about its share of inconveniences, and might as well get it out of the way now, the 2014 Fiesta ST is no Bentley. I drove it on several roads from the highway to the small narrow streets of Old Montreal, and each time, my passengers and myself were thrown around quite a bit.
The 17-inch wheels that come standard look good, but they certainly do nothing to help improve comfort over bumps and potholes. Our test model was equipped with winter tires, so we were looking forward to seeing how the hot hatch managed on snow-covered roads. A front-wheel drive model with this kind of power is obviously not going to be absolutely comfortable in winter, but it can still act as a year-around car.
In terms of the fuel economy, we recorded an average of 8.7 l/100 km, which is not bad for a performance-oriented car driven in the dead of winter. As one would expect, premium fuel is required.
Good interior, a bit small
Inside, one will immediately notice the RECARO seats offering lateral support worthy of an Italian exotic car. They’re perfect for keeping the driver in place when cutting those corners, but they’re also pretty narrow. When all we want is to calmly drive to grocery store, they are a bit too much.
Otherwise, the ST offers a similar interior to that of the more mundane Ford Fiestas, but sportier. The pedals are aluminum, the steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather and the knob on the gearshift is reminiscent of what we find inside the Ford Focus ST. The 2014 Fiesta ST comes standard with a keyless entry system, push-start ignition, heated seats, cruise control and air conditioning, among others. You will have to pay extra for the sunroof ($1,200) and the navigation system ($800).
The SYNC infotainment system with MyFord Touch interface is standard. It requires a few weeks before really getting used to it, but it’s still one of the most intuitive systems of its kind. However, the screen that allows you to access the various functions is quite small in the Fiesta ST. This can sometimes complicate your interaction with the system.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a unique model, and we are very happy with Ford’s decision to produce it. If you’re looking for a small, relatively affordable car that is fun to drive, this is the obvious choice. However, there is nothing practical about the car, and those looking for comfort should stay clear. That being said, a comfortable, powerful and spacious car is hard to come by, so if you can live with just the performance part, the Fiesta ST is a very worthy choice.
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