Focus ST vs Fiesta ST

Mr. Turtle

Big WarS
Ok after researching them both.. I think the Fiesta ST is a better option.. Its only slightly slower than the Focus ST stock in mph its about 1-2mph slower in the quarter around 94 something whereas the focus is around 95-96.

The key here is that the fiesta st is what 450 plus lbs lighter. And yea the fiesta has a smaller motor and makes what 60hp less than the focus but its not far off performance wise.

Then again I don't know how well the Fiesta St will respond to mods compared to the Focus they are completely different motors.


Fiesta St 2,729lbs 1.6 197hp 202lb 14.9 at 94.6 mph

Focus ST 3,193lbs 2.0 252hp 270lb 14.6 at 95.9 Mph

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1310_2014_ford_fiesta_st_first_test/
 

mmadden55

Pontiac Pilot
I would go with the Fiesta, if you can get another 100 horses out of it it would fly, the Focus with more weight would take more effort.
 

Big Show

RKC Official VP of MN Region
Buy the focus. Bigger car and motor. The fiesta felt really cheap all around when I drove one. There will be way more mods for the focus too.
 

iminhell

Fallout Shelter For Sale
Buy the focus. Bigger car and motor. The fiesta felt really cheap all around when I drove one. There will be way more mods for the focus too.

This ... despite the fact I hate them both.

If you're looking at a Focus ST, look at the Speed 3 also. Price wise it's close, higher. But at current it has more aftermarket support. Lots of the Mazda suspension bits fit the Focus far as I'm seeing.
I personally don't like the front bumper of the Speed3 though.

The Volvo C30 is the same platform as the Focus/Mazda also.
The Fiesta is a Mazda 2.


I haven't had a chance to look at either ST yet. But both other variations of the models ... the Focus felt like much more quality, but depending on what options you get there are bugs. No clue on the Fiesta, haven't been watching them.


Dunno. I'm a Ford guy and that is dying pretty quickly.
I talked my mom out of a Ford and got her looking elsewhere. She was torn between the Sonic and Elantra GT. I think the Sonic would have been a funner car but the GT just had better standard options.
She bought the Elantra GT.
I've driven it a few times (think I have about 200 miles on it), and I can say so far I'm glad she bought it. There's a few things I don't like but on the whole, damn nice car for the money.
 

re-rx7

Cuban Carlos
This ... despite the fact I hate them both.

If you're looking at a Focus ST, look at the Speed 3 also. Price wise it's close, higher. But at current it has more aftermarket support. Lots of the Mazda suspension bits fit the Focus far as I'm seeing.
I personally don't like the front bumper of the Speed3 though.

The Volvo C30 is the same platform as the Focus/Mazda also.
The Fiesta is a Mazda 2.


I haven't had a chance to look at either ST yet. But both other variations of the models ... the Focus felt like much more quality, but depending on what options you get there are bugs. No clue on the Fiesta, haven't been watching them.


Dunno. I'm a Ford guy and that is dying pretty quickly.
I talked my mom out of a Ford and got her looking elsewhere. She was torn between the Sonic and Elantra GT. I think the Sonic would have been a funner car but the GT just had better standard options.
She bought the Elantra GT.
I've driven it a few times (think I have about 200 miles on it), and I can say so far I'm glad she bought it. There's a few things I don't like but on the whole, damn nice car for the money.
A hyundai over a Ford? Please explain as the Focus is the best selling small car and the Firsta ST finsihed high in the Road and Track comparo?
 

iminhell

Fallout Shelter For Sale
Mom wasn't looking for a 'performance car' (which we all know a hatchback is not). She just needs something practical.

Ya the Fords do sell well. But being on the Focus forums I see a few complaints with them. More nit-pick stuff than anything but at what they sell for now I can see why.
I bought mine as a $12,000 car. And that was pretty much loaded. Now to get one loaded you're talking over $20,000 ... for what was designed as a cheap car. Remember, back in '01 when I got mine the Focus was Ford's cheapest vehicle. Now that place has been taken by the Fiesta and even it costs more than the Focus used to.

The total cost of the Hyundai was a deal sealer also. It was a holdover 2013 (just got it little over a month ago) so there was a big sale going on. IIRC she got something like $2,500 off on the thing. And then haggling got more off ... and paid cash to boot. So I think they ended up paying around $14,000 for it (I'll have to ask now that I'm thinking of it).

I mean time will tell, but like I said so far the car seems very nice for the money.

But if the Turtle is looking at ST's, it's not in that performance category. Slower and doesn't handle as well (far as magazines say).
 
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