American folks 35 and older may remember the first-gen Ford Fiesta, which was a VW Rabbit-like hatch out of Ford Europe that made many accountant-types happy for its frugal gas mileage while making many high-schoolers and college students happy for its reputation as a durable beater. In 2010, the Fiesta made its return to America, and the hotted-up Fiesta ST followed in 2013.
With 192 horsepower from its 1.6L EcoBoost turbo-four and a top speed that would embarrass a 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, there’s no doubt that the new Ford Fiesta ST scoots. That’s why it’s a good thing that it’s a good performer in the rollover test and has side-curtain airbags − just so the car can save you from yourself.
Regular Car Reviews, the folks who don’t sugar-coat anything, recently tested the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch and noticed that the rear seats in the Fiesta (ST or otherwise) don’t fold flat all the way, reducing the car’s hauling capacity. But performance fans will likely look right past that, since they’ll likely be more drawn by the 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque in the featherweight, 2,742-pounds package… all because they are likely more interested in hauling other things (like arse) rather than furniture. Although hauling both of those simultaneously sounds good, too.
Here’s the full review just below: