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New Ford Fiesta cashes in on hot hatch success

By raccars Published


Ford Fiesta

Can the 2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 100 ST-Line offer performance at a cut-price cost?

The new Ford Fiesta ST-Line may be a marginally less potent alternative to the popular ST hot hatch but it still aims to offer zippy performance whilst costing around £1,200 less.

It offers the ST’s sporty looks and replaces the Zetec S trim as part of the manufacturer's shuffling of the Fiesta line-up. This is a model aimed at drivers who want cost-effectiveness when they buy a car and when they run one but still expect their vehicle to perform well on urban roads and during longer distance travel.

The ST-Line cars are also designed to appeal to buyers who prefer a ‘hot’ look to their car. All of the vehicles in the ST-Line line-up offer a comprehensive styling kit, which includes a larger rear roof spoiler, a front bumper lip spoiler, a rear diffuser, fog lights with dark surrounds and a honeycomb grille in black.

The exterior changes are completed by eight-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and sports suspension, which takes 10mm off the ride height, creating a lowered look.

Inside the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line

The ST-Line vehicles boast sports seats with red stitching, a steering wheel clad in leather, ST-Line kick plates and aluminium pedals. The dashboard is a switch extravaganza, whilst the TFT infotainment screen is a diminutive 4.2-inches. It also has Ford’s hand’s-free SYNC Bluetooth connectivity.

Black trim is the dominating factor within the interior. The seats, carpets and roof lining are all black, with just the red stitches adorning the fabric seats offering a little colour.

Engine options for the new Ford Fiesta S-Line

To start with, the engine options for the 2016 S-Line include a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit, together with a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, which produces 94bhp.

The entry-level ST-Line with the turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engine can offer a cost-effective 99bhp. Prices for the 2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost ST-Line with additional features start at £15,645.

The Fiesta line-up, minus the two recently deleted least expensive trim levels, now begins at £13,395 and the most affordable 1.0 Ecoboost five-door starts at just under £15,000 with the plain Zetec trim.

Another £600 or so can add the sports suspension, the ST-Line’s new bodykit and other extras; all for less than the cost of a Corsa Sri VX Line or a Renault Clio GT-Line, making it a viable option for buyers who want the best possible deal on a hot hatch.

Prime performance for less than a new Ford Fiesta ST

The entry-level car can get from 0 to 62mph in 11.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 112mph. In terms of economy, it offers 65.7mpg (combined), whilst it produces CO2 emissions of 99g/km, making it both an eco-friendly and cost-conscious choice which should appeal to the Millennial generation.

It comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard and, once past 1400rpm, the car’s torque of 125lb ft is designed to make it nippy when it comes to negotiating slower moving traffic in an urban environment. It is also meant to enable comfortable coverage of longer distances on A roads.

The new Ford Fiesta ST-Line offers a cheaper alternative to the Fiesta ST, both in terms of its sale price and its running costs. Add to this its cost-effectiveness compared with its main rivals and it is easy to see what Ford was aiming for when the ST-Line was first envisaged.

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