The all-new Ford Fiesta ST probably needs a bigger trophy cabinet. Its latest accolade is the Parkers New Car of the Year 2019 award, a prestigious title that wasn’t awarded easily. The Fiesta ST prevailed against strong opposition to win the award, and this is just another reason why the car is already so popular.
Each car tested by Parkers is judged on a combination of value, cost, fitness for purpose, quality and reliability. The Fiesta ST comfortably ticks all those boxes – it took the top honour thanks to its “sensational dynamics, snappy styling and design, ease of ownership and compelling PCP finance options.”
Many car reviewers say the Fiesta ST is the best-handling small hot hatchback. It’s more refined than the last car and incredibly agile. More power is available too, even though the engine has downsized to a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit. It will even drive using just two cylinders to save fuel. The performance is matched with sporty looks and a high-spec interior featuring sporty, supportive seats and ST badging.
“The Ford Fiesta ST takes the overall honours because it’s an outstanding car,” says Keith Adams, editor of Parkers.co.uk. “Not just in terms of driver interaction and enjoyment, which is a given in a modern fast Ford. Neither does it simply win because it’s astonishing value for money, offering more ability for your monthly payments than any other car in its class.
“No, the Fiesta ST is a landmark car – it’s a sporty model for everyone, which proves that in a world of escalating power outputs and performance figures, less really does equal more. It really is head and shoulders above all its rivals.”
The Ford Fiesta ST has previously scored highly in many reviews, with WhatCar? awarding it 5/5 and many other websites awarding 4.5/5. It’s a fast, stylish car without a huge price tag, and is the first port of call if you’re after a car that’ll excite you.