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2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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Day by Day Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST car test drives ford daily car reviews
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Well this is certainly a change of pace now isn’t it? From a large luxury vehicle with tons of power and that looked classy and understated to a showy and flashy little hatchback: the feisty Fiesta… ST!

Of course this isn’t your regular everyday subcompact car; this little guy packs a punch with a 1.6L GTDI EcoBoost engine that outputs 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque and is mated to the only available transmission for this model, a six-speed manual gearbox. So what we have here is a little car that weights less than 1,250 kg and has nearly 200 hp… not bad.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST car test drives ford daily car reviews
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It is not all about power though, handling agility and the fun-to-drive factor are what the Fiesta is all about in both utilitarian version and this hot hatch version. In Canada the ST comes fairly loaded with the only options being a moonroof, navigation and a wheel choice. Skip those few options and you can pick up an ST for under 25 grand (before taxes/pdi/freight, etc.).

With those options the car gets a little pricey – I was a little shocked when I went to the Ford.ca build & price and came out to over $33,000 after taxes (in Ontario). That’s a lot of coin for a tiny little car and certainly makes your shopping list longer with cars such as the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins and offerings from Mini, VW and Hyundai to compete with as well.

First impressions are exactly what I expected, a frisky little car that is fun to drive. But is it worth it? Stay tuned!

Pricing: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Base price: $24,999
Optional equipment:Molten Orange paint – $400; moonroof – $1,200; navigation/satellite/Sony/touchscreen – $800; 17-inch premium painted wheels with painted calipers $500
A/C tax: $100
Destination charge: $1,550
Price as tested: $29,549

Competitors:
Fiat 500 Abarth
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Nissan Juke Nismo R
Mini Cooper S
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Volkswagen Beetle GSR




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).