NEW FOR 2015:

– PowerShift dual-clutch automatic discontinued for base S trim.
– New colour: Performance Blue.

2014 saw the Ford Fiesta receive some sizable upgrades including a new look, a new fuel-efficient engine, and an all-new high-performance ST model. With all of these changes, it’s no surprise that Ford has left the Fiesta alone for 2015.

Although the Fiesta is Ford’s smallest model, it doesn’t feel like a cut-price effort. Behind the Aston Jr. styling is one of the nicest cabins in the subcompact segment that isn’t a Mini. Spend some time with the options list and you’ll find some rather impressive features – push-button start, colour-adjustable ambient lighting, touchscreen navigation, and even leather upholstery can be had.

Though not as spacious or as practical as the Honda Fit, the Fiesta is an enjoyable car to drive with a well-damped ride, and decent NVH. Most Fiestas come powered by a 120-hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder, paired to either a five-speed manual or a somewhat clunky six-speed dual-clutch automatic. A new turbocharged 1.0 inline-three joined the range last year – despite its small size it generates 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, though it is only available with a stick-shift.

The Fiesta ST uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine that develops a scorching 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque – it outpaces all of its rivals, including the mighty Mini Cooper S. It’s the wild child of the range, and in some ways, it’s even more of a hoot to drive than its bigger brother, the Focus ST.

In S trim, features include 15-inch steel wheels, black grille with chrome surround, body colour door handles, body colour power exterior mirrors with integrated blindspot mirrors, manual windows, power door locks, tilt and telescoping steering column, manual air conditioning, Sync voice control, 12-volt power outlet, six way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger seat, cloth upholstery, six-speaker AM/FM/CD player, USB port, steering wheel mounted audio controls, multifunction digital display for centre stack, aux-in jack, front floor mats, rear air vents, 60-40 split folding rear seat, capless fuel filler.

Hatchback models add a rear spoiler and a rear wiper with washer.

Key options include audio upgrade package (Sedan only), cargo net and cargo organizer, engine block heater, splash guards (Hatchback only), bumper protector, stripe graphics, and a keyless entry pad.

SE adds 15-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlamps, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, keyless entry with MyKey, upgraded cloth upholstery, alarm, ambient interior lighting, 12-volt rear power outlet, chrome interior door handles, console armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trip computer with message centre, overhead console, power windows with one-touch driver’s side, rear dome light.

Equipment Group 201A (SE Sport Appearance Package) adds MyFord Touch with 6.5-inch LCD display, dual USB ports, SD card reader, satellite radio, Sport cloth seats, driver seat manual lumbar support, leather-wrapped shift knob, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights with chrome bezels, rear decklid spoiler (sedan only), and compact aluminum spare wheel.

SE Manual EcoBoost Package adds 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, 15-inch wheels with wheel covers, and decklid spoiler (sedan only).

Other options include navigation, body-colour body kit, remote start, power moonroof, keyless entry keypad, all-weather floor mats, exterior graphics package, automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, upgrade audio package, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Titanium adds 16-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, adjustable lumbar support for driver’s seat, eight-speaker Sony audio system, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, chrome interior trim, automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, exterior temperature, reverse camera, satellite radio, MyFord Touch with 6.5-inch LCD display, dual USB ports, SD card reader, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, Piano Black lower grille with chrome surround, and reverse sensors.

Options include navigation, remote start system, power moonroof, all-weather floor mats, exterior graphics package, engine block heater, upgrade audio system, and body-colour body kit.

ST builds on SE and adds 17-inch wheels, performance 1.6 EcoBoost engine, three-mode performance stability control, engine block heater, full-size spare, ST sport suspension, performance brakes, black headlamp bezels, dual chrome exhaust, fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, exterior body kit with high-mount spoiler, four-way manual Recaro seats with cloth inserts, aluminum sport pedals, eight-speaker Sony audio system, carpeted floor mats, electronic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, leather-wrapped shift knob with chrome insert, satellite radio, engine sound amplifier, ST floor mats, MyFord Touch with 6.5-inch LCD display, dual USB ports, SD card reader, ST door sill scuff plates, and ST leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Options include grey-painted wheels with red brake calipers, hood and roof stripes, power moonroof, all-weather floor mats, car cover, and navigation.

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