Ford released estimated fuel economy figures for the 2014 Fiesta ST. The subcompact hot hatch achieves 26/35 mpg city/highway, along with a combined figure of 29 mpg.
The new fuel economy ratings put the Fiesta ST roughly mid-pack among its competition, the Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Chevrolet Sonic RS. Buyers looking for more frugal fun may do better to head over to a Fiat showroom, since the 500 Abarth achieves a combined score of 31 mpg, and it has the best city fuel economy at 28 mpg; however, its 34-mpg city rating falls short of the Fiesta and the Cooper S' 35-mpg ratings.
What the 2014 Fiesta ST has working in its favor, although, is power: it’s the most powerful of the bunch with 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque from its 1.6-liter turbo-four. Only the top-trim Mini John Cooper Works hatchback (which sits above the Cooper S) has comparable power at 208 hp and 197 lb-ft (or 207 lb-ft with overboost), but that car retails for no less than $30,895 with destination – a whopping $8700 more than the Fiesta ST.
The Fiesta is the second least expensive car in this group, with a base price of $22,195, beat out only by the Chevrolet Sonic RS that starts at $20,995. However, the Chevy is down 59 hp and 54 lb-ft over the Ford. Fully kitted-out, the 2014 Fiesta ST will set buyers back $25,955, which still represents a bargain in the segment, again undercutting all but the Sonic RS.
Check out a full chart of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and its competitors below.
|Horsepower||Torque (lb-ft)||MPG (city/highway/comb.)||Base Price (w/ dest.)|
|Ford Fiesta ST||197||202||26/35/29||$22,195|
|Chevrolet Sonic RS||138||148||27/34/30||$20,995|
|Fiat 500 Abarth||160||170||28/34/31||$22,700|
|Mini Cooper S||181||171||26/35/29||$24,095|
|Mini John Cooper Works||208||192 (207 w/ overboost)||26/35/29||$30,895|