For 2018, Europe gets a brand-new Ford Fiesta subcompact – one with which the Blue Oval is attempting to appeal to a wider array of buyers by rolling out five distinct models for five different types of customers: the Active, Titanium, Vignale, ST, and ST-Line.
It’s this last model that the folks at carwow recently got their hands on to review. Modeled after the beloved Ford Fiesta ST performance model, it couples some of that car’s sporty looks and its firm suspension with the car’s more pedestrian engines. As such, it may not go like stink, but it still ought to be quite fun and tossable – provided that the longer wheelbase and wider track width haven’t spoiled its litheness.
From the sounds of it, European customers ought not to have anything to worry about.
“Thank God! Thank God. The Fiesta still has an element of fun,” says carwow‘s Mat Watson. It “doesn’t feel quite as pointy as the old car; it feels like a bigger thing – more substantial. But still, it’s got that wonderful, pin-sharp Fiesta steering, and you can really hurl it around, and you can feel what it’s doing beneath you.”
Watson also explores the Ford Fiesta’s brand-new interior, comparing its rear-seat comfort to that of the outgoing model, examining the dash layout and mix of materials, and testing out its infotainment and audio systems. It’s not class-leading in every category, he says, but the 2017 Ford Fiesta is still, “without a doubt, one of the very best small cars you can buy.”
Watch the video above for the full review.