Turns out, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a gosh darned little whippersnapper of a car packaged in pea-sized sheet metal. Seriously, if you can’t tell immediately from looking at this hot hatch and its subtle aesthetic cues, once you sink into the driver’s seat, you’ll know that happy days are on their way. For years, Americans have been bitching and moaning that the “good cars” never make their way to this side of the pond. And that’s because car manufacturers have traditionally reserved their sportier flavors for European drivers, leaving us to splash around in our comfort zone of mass market cruisers with vague steering, unresponsive handling and sluggish performance.
Those days are now officially over. At least for Ford. Team RS in Europe and North America’s SVT have been brought under one global umbrella, so we now get virtually the same stuff with which the Europeans have been blessed for ages. Ford has tinkered with its genetic lineage and now offers a Global Performance Vehicle DNA that nudges the scales for spirited driving in all the right places – steering, handling, ride, braking, performance feel and seating comfort – resulting in much more aggressive offspring.