Ford Fiesta ST
(2013 - 2017)

  • An absolute bang for your buck legend, especially on the used market
  • Dynamically a superb package
  • All the practicality and ease of use of a normal Fiesta
  • Well maintained and cared for examples showing good reliability
  • Seats and seating position not for everyone
  • Some interior details feeling their age
  • Ride quality can be harsh
  • Many abused or poorly modified examples out there
Overview

The Fiesta ST represents the performance focussed member of the 6th generation Fiesta family, the Fiesta being Ford’s global small car but unlike the more conservative Fiestas sold here in Australia that have been manufactured in Thailand, the ST is built in Germany.

Also here in Australia, the ST was available from 2013 to 2017 purely as a three-door hatch but other markets have also received 5-door hatch variants.

Variants wise, here in Australia we received just the single variant however Europe was treated to an upgraded ST200 in 2016.

As far as our updates go, the ST’s major midlife refresh occurred for the 2017 model and aside from the features mentioned below, not a whole lot else changed.

Some international markets did receive other updates during the lifecycle but as the Australian cars were specced so highly from the start, Ford Australia didn’t see the need to upgrade the car prior to 2017.

Variants wise, here in Australia we received just the single variant however Europe was treated to an upgraded ST200 in 2016.
We should also mention, for those requiring more horses on Australian Fiesta ST’s, there was the option of a factory backed Mountune power upgrade which upped the power and torque figures by 24kW and 80Nm and yes, this upgrade was fabulous.

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What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • There are some isolated and  sporadic reports of key fobs not working requiring the use of the key itself to lock/unlock the car.

Inside:

  • There are some reports of a plastic ticking noise that comes from the dashboard which is usually an actuator for the Climate Control, however this should be relatively easy and inexpensive to resolve.
  • Some cars built from 2015 – 2017 can suffer from a rattling steering column, however most of the reported cars have been remedied.

Mechanically:

  • The engine is marketed as an Ecoboost but is a completely different engine to the Ecoboost that is featured in the Focus and other Ford models.
    In saying that, it is a good little engine that, when tuned is capable of some pretty impressive numbers.
  • There are plenty of tuned ones out there so beware of crappy tunes and poor modifications because, when they’re pushed too hard, or tuned poorly, all bets are off as to what fails first, head gaskets, piston & ring failure and even cracked blocks.
  • In standard unmodified form, as a daily driver, they are ok, but you’ll need to make sure they all of the factory recalls have been executed and are up to date.
  • In the earlier models, there is a recall relating to a localised over heating issue which in extreme cases can cause an engine bay fire.
  • Timing belt renewal schedule is a whopping every 240,000kms or 10 years. This may be all well and good in a perfect world but we often see the water pump leaking or worse, the bearing on the belt tensioner fail long before that and if there’s any oil leaks from the cam or crank shaft seals that will very much shorten the life of the belt. Our tip, is to have it all done at around 150,000km.
  • The right hand engine mount tends to loose its cushioning ability after 5 years or so. And while the engine won’t fall out of the car, it does affect the NVH.
  • The transmission can have some issues with synchros causing a crunch into gears and there are some complaints about premature clutch failure. Some clutches were replaced under warranty in the early models.
  • But now, those problems do seem to more common in modified cars and cars owned by the younger folks.
  • So this is definitely one of those cars that you get as much information as you can about the mods, the service and repair history and the previous owner.
Model range, pricing & features

ST

  • Price when new: $25,990 - $27,490
  • Price used: $10,500 - $32,000

As the hot hatchback model of the range, the ST came standard with a 1.6 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual, driven through the front wheels. While standard power/torque outputs were at 134kW and 240Nm respectively, the ST had an overboost option on the turbo which allowed for the power and torque to increase to 147kW and 290Nm respectively.

Standard features include:

17-inch alloy wheels
Rear spoiler
Sports body kit
Hydraulic steering system
Twin exhaust
5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2009)
7 airbags: driver and front passenger, driver’s knee, front side impact and full-length curtain airbags,
Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
Seatbelt reminder for all seats
Headrests for all occupants
Ford Emergency Assistance function
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Dynamic stability control (DSC)
Traction control
Engine immobiliser
Alarm
Rear parking sensors
Rear vision mirror
Electrically folding side mirrors
Electric windows – front and rear with driver’s and front passenger’s auto up/down function
Cruise control
Halogen headlights
Front fog lights
LED ambient lighting
Intermittent wipers
Rear wiper
Remote central locking with keyless entry (via button on door handle)
Alarm
Tachometer
Fuel gauge
Trip computer with distance to empty,
average speed, average fuel consumption, outside
air temperature
Manual handbrake
Power steering
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
Multi-functional leather sterring wheel
Leather gear knob and handbrake
Alloy pedals
Single-zone climate control
Recaro sports seats with cloth upholstery
Manually adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat
4.0 inch TFT screen
Ford SYNC infotainment system
8-speaker Sony sound system
AM/FM radio
MP3 compatibility
Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
AUX (3.5mm) input
iPod connectivity
USB connectivity
Cup holders – front
60:40 rear folding seats
Front and rear carpet mats

October 2014 update:
SYNC Applink function

September 2016 update:

17-inch alloy wheels – new grey metallic finish
Reversing camera
5.2-inch infotainment display running SYNC1
Satellite navigation

Should you buy it?

There is no denying the Fiesta ST is a superb little car but if you should buy one is a tough call.

While we do recommend buying a mint condition examples that have clearly been cared for and maintained fastidiously, there are unfortunately quite a few Fiesta ST’s on the used market that have been driven with a complete disregard for mechanical sympathy and have just not been cared for.

Therefore if we’re talking near abused ST’s, sorry but it’s a clear no, do not buy one of these, the Fiesta ST isn’t a fragile car as such but they certainly don’t like to be mistreated.

But what about when it comes to the right examples, should you buy one?

It’s a cautious yes. The Fiesta ST in an awesome little car, but do please your homework and be careful.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 year/100,000kms

Servicing:

12 months or 15,000kms

Tech specs

Body style:

3-door hatchback

Engines:

1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol

Power:

134kW – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol
147kW (with overboost) – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol

Torque:

240Nm – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol
290Nm (with overboost) – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol

Transmission & drivetrains:

6 speed manual, front wheel drive (FWD)

Fuel consumption:

6.2L/100km

Length:

3975mm

Width:

1709mm

Height:

1495mm

Kerb Weight:

1197kg

Disclaimer

Information correct as of September 9, 2022.

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