2014 Ford Fiesta ST – Devil in the Details

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Long-Term 2014 Ford Fiesta Update:
Winter 2015 ( 2 of 5 )
Miles to date: 18,434

Apart from ice racing and autocrossing, we also use our Four Seasons 2014 Ford Fiesta ST for more pedestrian activities on a daily basis — running errands, commuting, and the like. Part of the beauty of this hot hatch is that it still manages to feel energetic and playful in normal driving, but that doesn’t mean it’s without flaws. Our editor’s logbook has plenty of entries calling out small gripes about the Fiesta ST.

Awkward pedal spacing


The gas pedal in the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is placed significantly closer to the firewall than the brake and clutch pedals, making finding a comfy seating position tough and heel-and-toe shifting near impossible. That’s especially frustrating on such a performance-minded car, but we found a product from ModBargains.com that aims to fix this issue. It’s a 3D-printed plastic spacer that fits in behind the throttle pedal to push it forward a bit so it’s even with the clutch and brake pedals.
Installing the $54.99 pedal spacer took us about 30 minutes, and we needed only a socket wrench to complete the task. Staffers immediately noticed that the new pedal layout makes it much easier to find a comfortable seating position, not to mention enabling heel-and-toe shifting.
“This is how the Fiesta ST’s pedal box should have been arranged from the factory,” said associate Web editor Jake Holmes. “If I owned one, I would absolutely pay for this accessory just so I could actually drive this car as intended — enthusiastically.”

 

No grab handles


We first noticed the Fiesta ST’s lack of grab handles when a passenger looked for something to hold onto during some, ahem, spirited driving. The inconvenience arose again when one editor realized there was nowhere to hang his dry cleaning and had to resort to hanging it from the rear headrest.

Limited rear visibility


The Ford Fiesta ST’s rear visibility is far from ideal, with a small rear window that’s further obstructed by the ST’s rear spoiler. This should make the car a prime candidate for a backup camera, but Ford doesn’t even offer one as an option on the ST, which is frustrating considering it comes standard on the Fiesta Titanium. Ford representatives didn’t have an explanation for why the ST can’t be equipped with a camera.

Small touchscreen buttons


Ford’s infotainment system has come under plenty of criticism over the last few years, but it’s not the system’s operation that we have a problem with in the Fiesta ST. Instead, the downsized touchscreen in Ford’s smallest car simply makes it difficult (and distracting) to push the tiny onscreen buttons. We prefer to use the SYNC voice prompts, which do a decent job of recognizing various navigation and music commands.

Overheated seats


The Fiesta ST’s optional, heavily bolstered Recaro seats are heated as standard. While we have been glad to have this option throughout the Michigan winter, some staffers have expressed frustration with Ford’s all-or-nothing approach. They wished for a middle setting between “on” and “off.”
“The seat heaters get really hot, really fast,” noted associate Web editor Eric Weiner. “Good, except there’s only one setting and it’s scorching.”

Getting in and out


With the aggressive Recaro seats, it can be a struggle to get in and out of this car. The bulky side bolsters combine with the relatively small door openings to make a really narrow gap for sliding out from under the steering wheel. Plus, the doors are heavy and don’t like to stay in their detents, meaning that they can sometimes close on your leg as you’re exiting the car.

Overview

  • Body style 4-door hatchback
  • Accommodation 5-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $22,225
  • As tested $25,015

Powertrain

  • Engine 16-valve DOHC turbocharged I-4
  • Displacement 1.6 liters (97 cu in)
  • Power 197 hp @ 6350 rpm
  • Torque 202 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
  • Transmission 6-speed manual
  • Drive front-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 26/35/29 (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.3 turns
  • Turning circle 35.5 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Torsion beam, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs
  • Wheels 17-inch aluminum
  • Tires Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
  • Tire size 205/40R-17 84W

Measurements

  • Headroom F/R 39.1/37.2 in
  • Legroom F/R 42.2/31.2 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 52.7/49.0 in
  • Wheelbase 98.0 in
  • Track F/R 57.0/57.0 in
  • L x W x H 160.1 x 67.8 x 57.2 in
  • Passenger capacity 85.1 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity (rear seats up/down) 10.1/25.4 cu ft
  • Weight 2742 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 60.1/39.9%
  • Fuel capacity 12.4 gal
  • Est. fuel range 360 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • Automatic climate control
    • Sync w/MyFord Touch
    • HD radio
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription
    • Keyless entry and ignition
    • Aluminum sport pedals
    • Rear spoiler
    • 17-inch aluminum wheels
    • Sport suspension
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    • Tilt steering wheel
    • Automatic halogen headlights
    • Fog lights
    • Cloth-trimmed sport seats
    • Interior ambient lighting
    • Floor mats
    • Sony audio system
    • Cruise control
    • 60/40-split folding rear seats
    • Hill-start assist

Options

  • options for this vehicle:

    • Recaro package- $1995
    • Heated Recaro front seats
    • Heated exterior mirrors
    • Navigation- $795

source: Automobile Magazine

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