Critique: Ford FiestaST

Eric Penn and Ryan Claffey join Timothy Keirnan for a critique of the Ford FiestaST. We don’t claim to be objective on Design Critique, as we are too honest to pretend anyone could be. We admit our biases so you know where our opinions are coming from. In this product category, our bias is small sporty cars with less mass and great handling that let you feel what’s going on. The Ford FiestaST is a hot hatchback that won our undying admiration from the first drive. Eric and Ryan bought them, and have enjoyed them for several years now.

Tim calls the FiestaST the American MINI Cooper, and he ought to know. It’s as close as you’ll ever get to driving a Labrador Retriever puppy. Tim talks in detail with Eric and Ryan about their customer experiences with the FiestaST, including

  • Encounter
  • Decision
  • Purchase
  • Initial use
  • Longitudinal use

Eric’s first drive of the 7th Generation Fiesta on Belle Isle was captured for posterity.

Ryan’s Protege Garage is also well worth checking out.

Finally, Eric shared a video of him driving his 2011 Fiesta on an indoor kart track! Yes, he had permission. Do not try this at your local cart track!

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