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Ford Focus ST vs Ford Fiesta ST: How do these models compare?

If you are looking for a new car, you may want to consider a hot hatch. Also known as a hatchback, these high-performance cars are designed with speed and style in mind.

The Ford Focus ST and Ford Ford Fiesta ST models are far sportier and faster than the standard Fiesta and Focus models. If you are thinking about buying one of these models, it’s important to understand the key similarities and differences between the two to make sure you choose the right car for your needs.

In this guide:

Find out more about how the Ford Focus ST and Ford Fiesta models compare with each other.

Learn more about the available engine sizes when choosing a Focus ST or Fiesta ST.

Read this section to find out more about the similarities and differences between the interior features of both cars.

Find out more about the exterior features and options for the Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

Learn more about the performance of both cars and how they compare with each other.

Find out about the emissions for both the Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

Ford Focus ST vs Ford Fiesta ST: How do they compare?

The Ford Focus ST is the larger of the two models. Just like the Fiesta, the exterior is trendy and slick. Both vehicles have a subtle sporty appearance without appearing too flashy.

The Focus ST is well suited to those drivers who are looking for additional speed, while the Fiesta ST great if you’re looking for a cost-effective sports model. Although the Focus ST boasts more space and legoom, the Fiesta ST has perfect steering accuracy and excellent brakes.

Engine sizes

Both the Fiesta ST and Focus ST offer high performance and larger engines than other models in both ranges.


Ford Focus ST

Ford Fiesta ST

Engine Size

2.0L Ecoboost





Interior features

When it comes to interior features, each car has its own pros and cons. Both cars have two trim levels to choose from.

With the Focus ST, the entry-level model features:

  • Sync 3 infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Sat-nav
  • DAB radio
  • Automatic lights
  • Heated windscreen

If you choose the higher trim, you will also enjoy:

  • Adjustable Recaro seats
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

The Focus ST also has 50mm more legroom than the Fiesta ST. The Focus ST also has a larger boost and a five-door design.

However, if you are looking for a stylish hot hatch with a sportier design, the Fiesta ST is a choice. When it comes to the driving position, the Fiesta ST wins with excellent driving visibility.

Inside, you can expect:

  • Recaro sports seats
  • Sports pedals
  • Heated steering wheel with a flat bottom design
  • 8-inch easy to use screen
  • Sat-nav
  • B&O stereo
  • Eight speakers

Exterior features

Along with all the standard colours available when you buy a Ford Fiesta, the Fiesta ST is also available in Molten Orange.

On the other hand, the Ford Focus ST is available in:

  • Tangerine Scream
  • Panther Black
  • Nitrous Blue


Available as a five-door hatchback or a five-door estate, the Ford Focus ST manages to set itself apart from the Fiesta ST. The wheels are 18”x7” while the Fiesta ST’s wheels are 17”x7”. The Fiesta ST is also slightly shorter than the Focus ST, which means there is a little less head height.

Overall, the Focus ST has the look of a premium sports car whereas the Fiesta ST offers a high-performance car with the look of an ordinary hatchback.


When comparing performance, the Fiesta ST has been highly praised for it’s driving capabilities and steering accuracy. The engine is equipped with a KP39 turbocharger which produces 202 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the Focus ST has a larger and more impressive K03 turbocharger which produces 250 lb-ft or torque.

The Focus ST is 0.4 seconds faster than the Fiesta and it’s top speed is also 17mph higher at 154mph. Despite this, the Fiesta ST feels just as fast and even more exciting to drive. This is partly due to the over boost function which means it can reach up to 200hp.

If you choose the new Fiesta ST, you will enjoy a three-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Once again, the Focus ST takes it one step further with a seven-speed automatic transmission. However, choosing this version instead of the standard six-speed manual hot-hatch should not increase fuel consumption.


When considering fuel emissions, the Fiesta ST stands out. As a petrol vehicle, the Fiesta ST’s CO2 emissions are 114g per kilometre. It also provides 32mpg.

The Focus ST with a petrol engine provides 41.5mpg. It also provides CO2 emissions of 159g/k. The diesel option is far more efficient, with emissions of 110g/k and 67mpg.

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Ford Focus ST Offer

Ford Focus ST vs Ford Fiesta ST: The verdict

Choosing the best vehicle between the two depends on the type of car you’re looking for, your needs and your budget. But, if you want a fast Ford, one of these cars will provide what you’re looking for.

If you are looking for a daily family car with great specs and a brilliant sports mode, then the Ford Focus ST is the best choice for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking for an affordable high-performance hatchback that is fun to ride, it’s better to choose the Ford Fiesta ST. As far as family cars go, both models are fairly small but the Focus ST has just enough space for two adults, two children and all of your belongings. The Fiesta ST has a much smaller boot and far less legroom.

When it comes to speed and performance, the Focus ST performs better. However, when sitting in and driving the car, you won’t notice much difference in the Fiesta ST. The Fiesta ST picks up speed quickly and also has a more stylish interior.

When comparing them to other cars on the market, the Focus ST and Fiesta ST are both good hot hatches. Ultimately, the decision entirely depends on your budget and personal preferences. Either way, you can expect a thrilling ride in a top-quality vehicle.

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