FORD HAS announced prices for its revised ST hot hatchback and sporty estate models, which go on sale in February. For the first time there will be the choice of a petrol or diesel-powered ST, with both versions priced from £22,195 for the five-door hatchback, and £23,295 for the estate.
The prices compare favourably with those of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD, which cost £26,330 and £25,765 respectively.
The diesel version of the ST is aimed at drivers who want better fuel economy, lower running costs and lower company-car tax bills. The ST 2.0 TDCi officially returns 67.3mpg and emits 110g/km of CO2.
By comparison, the ST 2.0T EcoBoost hatch returns 41.5mpg and has emissions of 159g/km. For company-car drivers, the difference between the two is appreciable: benefit in kind tax for a 40% taxpayer would be £132.84 a month for the diesel ST, and £175.68 a month for the petrol, for the ST-1 version in both cases.
That’s enough of the sensible stuff, though. How quick are the latest fast Fords? The petrol-powered ST can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 154mph, whereas the diesel takes 8.1 seconds and hits 135mph.
The good news for used-car buyers is that the introduction of the 2015 ST will drive down prices of older STs.