The 2015 Ford Fiesta ST has elevated Ford’s sporty little hatchback to a new level of performance. Its modified body kit, EcoBoost-powered four-cylinder, and sport-tuned suspension place it squarely in the hot hatch category and holds true to the spirit behind the Fiesta nameplate. Driving enthusiasts and hatchback fans around Houston: this is definitely a car that is worth checking out. Even with its performance-driven modifications, this compact hatch is easily underestimated, but only once. After seeing it in action or trying it out yourself, any notion of the Fiesta ST being an everyday average hatchback will disappear.
The Fiesta ST is built on a 1.6L turbocharged EcoBoost engine that registers 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s all-aluminum construction significantly reduces the curb weight of the car, and it is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Everything about the chassis is tuned to optimize cornering performance. The twist-beam rear axle helps minimize understeer and increase rear roll stiffness, and the entire body is lowered by 15 millimeters from the base model to increase stability and responsiveness. Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control system acts similarly to a limited-slip differential by enhancing grip and reducing understeer while accelerating through corners. Braking is applied to the dive wheel on the inside of the turn so that more torque goes to the wheel with more grip.
The Fiesta has an available Recaro Package for its interior that completes the transformation from commuter car to performance hatchback. Partial leather-trimmed Recaro bucket seats hug the driver, keeping them firmly planted while flying through corners. Colored inserts in the seats with body-matching color selections and ST badging enhance the Fiesta ST’s racer look. Its Sony Audio system and MyFord Touch infotainment center round out the attractive interior.
The Fiesta ST is a great choice for tearing up the back roads around Conroe, Crosby, or Humble, and with the EcoBoost engine clocking a respectable 29 combined MPG rating, it can satisfy casual drivers, commuters, and performance nuts alike. The 2015 Fiesta ST starts at just $20,945 MSRP, which is tough to beat for a car of this caliber. Visit Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Humble, TX and find out more about this sporty and agile compact hatchback today!