2018 Ford Fiesta ST prices start from an ultra-competitive £18,995, Ford has announced – and the hot new fast Ford is open for ordering now, with first deliveries expected in the summer.
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The sub-£19k starter price is for the ST-1, which still includes modern-day essentials such as air con, 6.5-inch Ford Sync3 touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Recaro sports seats, 17-inch alloys, cruise control and a full Euro NCAP-approved safety pack.
Pricing the new Fiesta ST from under £19,000 makes the new fast Ford appear very competitively positioned alongside its key rivals – none of which can be bought for less than £20,000.
Ford Fiesta ST: starting prices of its rivals
- Mini Hatch Cooper S 3-door: £20,635
- Peugeot 208 GTI 208: £21,185
- Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo: £20,300
- Vauxhall Corsa VXR: £21,145
- Volkswagen Polo GTI DSG: £21,145
However, the Fiesta ST-2, which costs from £19,995, is likely to prove the most popular new Fiesta ST because of the extra kit included for the £1,000 price premium.
This includes climate control, premium B&O Play sound system, heated Recaro seats, rear privacy glass, an alternative machine-finish 17-inch alloy… and blue front seat belts.
The ST-3 costs £21,495 and sadly loses the blue front seat belts. It does gain larger 18-inch alloys though, plus power-fold door mirrors, auto wipers and auto-dim rear-view mirror, red brake calipers, keyless start, a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a larger 8-inch Sync3 infotainment screen.
Seven colours are available: Race Red, Frozen White, Magnetic (a dark grey), Moondust Silver, Shadow Black, Silver Fox and, unique to the ST, Performance Blue. Race Red is free, the others are optional metallics, priced from £495 (Silver Fox and Performance Blue are £745).
All versions can be ordered with the ST Performance Pack, an £850 option that includes a Quaife limited-slip differential (a fast Fiesta first), Launch Control and ‘performance shift lights’. We at Motoring Research already consider this a must-have…
2018 Ford Fiesta ST: fast facts
ST-1 3-door: £18,995
ST-2 3-door: £19,995
ST-2 5-door: £20,645
ST-3 3-door: £21,495
ST-3 5-door: £22,145
Engine: 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost
Torque: 213lb ft
0-62mph: 6.5 seconds
Top speed: 144mph
Fuel economy: 47.1mpg (combined, NEDC)