Don’t look now, but suddenly it’s sexy for even the smallest cars to stake a claim on the high performance label. The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST represents the latest effort from Ford at buttressing the appeal of its least-expensive models with turbocharged engines and hooligan-esque suspension tuning, following in the footsteps of the well-received Ford Focus ST hatchback the year before.
Like the Focus, the subcompact Fiesta ST draws from the automaker’s European parts bin where pint-sized hot hatches have long been a showroom staple. Unlike its larger sibling, however, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST somehow manages to miss the mark when it comes to putting together a driving experience that can be classified as ‘fun.’ The Fiesta ST is a very good car when evaluated against its rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic RS and the Fiat 500 Abarth, each of which presents an entertaining, but incomplete package. Pricing and the impression made by the truly excellent Focus ST, however, conspire to work against the Fiesta ST in the final analysis.