Monday 20 November 2017

Boys, it's party time in Ford's fast new Fiesta

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"AH, you boys like your toys," sighed the receptionist at the Ford garage when I returned the Fiesta ST last Tuesday.

Well I certainly liked that one – and it gave me more fun than many a day although I was sure to do this on my own. It was a bit too boy-racer for my partner and even the dog didn't like being banged up behind the two big red and black Recaro rally-style seats without a chance to have an open window in the back through which he could poke his snout.

But poke is the thing this car has in spades: 0-100kmh in less than seven seconds, 220kmh top speed and massive 240nm of torque from its 1.6 petrol Ecoboost engine.

This is a fast, brilliantly manoeuvrable car that is a confident delight to drive. Fun, fun, fun all the way.

Although the dog wasn't so impressed, there are actually three seats in the back of the three-door hatch although it would be pretty dark and uncomfortable in there – especially with the tinted non-opening coupe-style rear windows.

Powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes have been optimised for the best driving dynamics which colleagues compare favourably to Porsches selling for many times the price. It corners beautifully and comes roaring out like the proverbial bat out of hell. Just to let you know, there is a sound of fun – a new sound symposer channels the engine note to the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is part of your experience.

There might be something pretty ludicrous about a man in his 60s driving a hot hatch but it's great for a while and you use skills that you thought were long forgotten. I let my more beautiful colleague do the posing and got on with trying to lift the gloom for a bit. It worked. There isn't much to touch the Fiesta ST – and I loved getting my hands on it.

Irish Independent

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