2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: Fiesta ST Debuts

August 6, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Earlier this week Ford officially rolled out the 2014 Fiesta ST which we drove for the first time in Europe back in March of this year. Now, however, we were allowed to drive in on U.S. roads.

The debut came in conjunction with the summer X games which feature these 600-hp, all-wheel-drive Fiesta rallycross cars that have virtually nothing (except their chassis) in common with the Fiesta ST.

Our brief drive of the 197-hp/202pound-foot Fiesta ST revealed its chassis balance and overall character to be very much like the Focus ST. That is, this little five-door is just as tail happy as its big brother, which makes it a full-on kick in the pants. Overall control might be marginally less than the Focus given the Fiesta's twist-beam rear axle, but like it does with the Mustang, Ford manages to make the axle matter little in most situations.

Developed on Ford's Lommel proving ground in Belgium, the Fiesta shares its European-tuned roots with the Focus in this regard. Possibly the biggest difference between the two cars is that the Fiesta's smaller size gives drivers more latitude to place it wherever they choose in a lane on our massive roads. Its steering on control are precise enough that this actually matters. And it's fun.

And though the rallycross Fiestas have nothing to do with the ST, they are fun to watch on ESPN.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Fiesta ST with 4-doors = fail for me.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Because if it's got 4 doors, then it's just a FWD hatchback. If it's got 2 doors, it's a SPORTS COUPE. Not just a 2-door FWD hatchback.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    You can have two door hatchbacks, or does the US insurance system or the EPA throw an error light if you say this.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    You can have a two-door hatchback, but the premiums do tend to be a little higher. Although this may be due to the target market of a two-door vs. a four-door and the difference in risk on the part of the insurer.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Would most people buy this car over the Focus, or would they pony up the few thousand more to get into the Focus?

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    The Beetle and Golf are both 2 door hatchbacks. I suspect that Ford thought the 4-door would be the most popular and just didn't see the point of spending money for the different tooling required to have a 2 door version.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    @duck87 I'm certainly looking at it over the Focus. Less power, but considerably less weight. Looks to be more fun to throw around. @bankerdanny Probably. The North American plant isn't tooled at all for the two-door body style. Would take a considerable

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    4 doors for 4 seats. Why is it so difficult for some people to understand that? Sheesh, hatchbacks are supposed to be PRACTICAL first, otherwise just go buy a sport coupe.

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