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Ford Fiesta ST

Expert Rating

Used car score:

69
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

87
%
B

Running Costs:

55
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

69
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

87
%
B

Running Costs:

55
%
D

Summary


The Ford Fiesta ST was a performance version of the regular Fiesta hatchback. This model was launched in summer 2018, and received a mid-life facelift in 2022. It ended production along with the regular Fiesta range in summer 2023.

Like previous generations, this Fiesta ST received outstanding reviews from the UK motoring media. In addition, it also received numerous awards from various automotive titles.

The Fiesta ST received unanimous commendation for its driving dynamics, and while its pricing increased with 2022 facelift, the hot hatch was regarded as unmatched by anything in its price range. It was also praised for increased levels of refinement over previous models.

The only mild criticisms were that it was a bit softer than the previous one, although that helped to make it a more practical and comfortable car for daily use.

As of April 2024, the Ford Fiesta ST holds a Used Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 69%. Along with its outstanding media reviews, its running costs and CO2 emissions are commendably low, while reliability seems to be pretty strong as well.

Fiesta ST highlights

  • Plenty of fun on the road
  • Punchy performance
  • Nimble driving dynamics
  • Plenty of kit included as standard
  • Surprisingly economical

Fiesta ST lowlights

  • Firm suspension can be uncomfortable
  • Value-for-money status hindered by rising prices
  • Only one five-door trim available
  • Rival brands are more reliable

Key specifications


Body style: Three- and five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price when new: From £27,320

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Spring 2022
Ended production: Summer 2023


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 60%

Notes on safety rating

The Ford Fiesta was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Fiesta ST to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Ford Fiesta ST was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Ford Fiesta family (including the ST) has an above-average reliability score of 78% as of January 2024. This applies to all Fiesta models in MotorEasy’s database, which includes both this model and older (pre-2017) generations.

The most common Fiesta warranty claims relate to suspension issues, but these are relatively inexpensive to fix on average, costing less than £200. Engine and gearbox repairs are generally the most expensive claim by a considerable margin, with an average repair bill of closer to £1,000.

The average repair cost for Ford Fiesta warranty claims is about £400, which is probably more than the cost of a used car warranty, so it’s certainly worth considering. If you’re looking at a used Fiesta ST, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of the potential problem areas above.

Other data points to potential issues with this generation of Fiesta. In a 2020 What Car? reliability survey, the Fiesta only ranked equal 17th out of 22 small cars. The 2021 survey was worse, where the Fiesta ranked dead last for small cars and the fifth-worst new car on sale. 2022 was no better, with the Fiesta ranking dead last in the small car category again.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models40 mpgD40 – 40 mpgD – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models153 g/kmB145 – 158 g/kmB – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B25 – 26B – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£203B
Year 2£511B
Year 3£828B
Year 4£1,031B
Year 5£1,434B
Overall£4,007B

For a performance car, the Ford Fiesta ST is relatively affordable to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is poor, ranking in the bottom 40% of all new cars on sale. However, the rest of the Fiest ST’s running costs are pretty good for a hot hatch. Servicing and maintenance, along with insurance, are ranked B, which puts them in the top 40% of all new cars on sale.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Fiesta ST has received

2022

  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch for Value

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch for Value

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best hot hatch under £24K
  • News UK Motor Awards – The Sun ‘Legend Award’

2018

  • Top Gear Awards – Car of the Year + Best Hot Hatch
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Car of the Year + Best Car for Thrill Seekers
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot Hatch

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