2014 Ford Fiesta 1L vs. 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

By Brandy Schaffels.

It’s hard to believe that Ford is already refreshing the feisty Fiesta for the 2014 model year, in a midcycle makeover offering styling changes, improved technology, and two additional engine choices. The 2014 Ford Fiesta: comparing the Fuel-Efficient 1L to the Sporty ST we can see how they stack-up against each other.

Ford launched its fun little Fiesta in 2011 in four- and five-door body styles with one engine, a 120-horsepower/1.6-liter incline four-cylinder engine mated to the buyer’s choice of five-speed automatic or six-speed PowerShift transmission and rated for fuel economy as high as 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway/33 mpg combined. It was such an easy car to fall in love with, I preordered my 2011 Fiesta before they even arrived at Ford dealerships.

What’s New For The 2014 Ford Fiesta?

The sporty new body style now matches other cars in Ford’s lineup. Up front, the new Fiesta subcompact has changed its grille shape and lost its lightpipes, exchanging them for a more muscular fascia and round foglamps mirroring its big brother Focus.

Inside, the 2014 Ford Fiesta now receives Ford’s MyKey programmability, which enables parents in particular to encourage safer driving and limit their teenagers’ exposure to risk at the wheel. The system allows owners to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits, and mutes audio until seat belts are fastened.

2014 Ford Fiesta

The 2014 Fiesta also offers a new and improved SYNC system with a MyFord Touch 6.5-inch screen and enhanced voice controls providing drivers more options than ever for navigation, communication, and entertainment functions. The new Fiesta continues to offer its SYNC AppLink capabilities pioneered on the first Fiesta, which allows drivers to access and control Ford-approved Smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls while on the go, helping them keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Turn-by-turn navigation remains part of SYNC Services.

A backup camera and a premium Sony audio system will also be available.

What’s New Under The Hood Of The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST?

A new high-performance Fiesta ST will be offered with a 197-horsepower/1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Looking for torque? The Fiesta ST swaggers with 202 lb-ft of it. (By comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with just 181 horsepower and 177 lb. ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces only 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Vroom vroom!)

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

No automatic transmission is available, as the Fiesta ST is a car intended for driving enthusiasts who want to row their own gears. Even though it boasts 77 more horsepower than the base model engine and super spirited performance of 0 to 60 mph in about 6.7 seconds, the ST still promises fuel economy of 26-mpg city and 35-mpg highway. Don’t expect to see that if you’re hitting the throttle like a racer, though.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST wears a new front chin spoiler, a reworked rear fascia shaped to look like a diffuser with dual exhaust outlets and a roof spoiler, and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels and summer tires accented by optional red-painted brake calipers. Recaro racing seats will be available, as will an exclusive Molten Orange paint choice.

What’s New Under The Hood Of The 2014 Ford Fiesta 1L?

If you’re looking for impressive fuel efficiency, consider Ford’s patented new 123-horsepower/1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine mated to a five-speed manual. (Sorry, no automatic option, the manual transmission contributes to this car’s super-high mileage.) This landmark engine, already selected for both the Popular Mechanics 2012 Breakthrough Award and Engine Technology International’s International Engine of the Year award in Europe, is expected to deliver 41 mpg on the highway. Having already spent plenty of time driving this vehicle, I can assure you this will be an easy number to meet; if you have a gentle throttle foot, and consistently cruise near recommended highway speeds it will be simple to surpass.

2014 Ford Fiesta

While the diminutive size of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost saves cash at the pump, it doesn’t hold anything back on the road. At 123 horsepower for each liter of engine displacement (the engine’s size), the 1.0-liter EcoBoost delivers more power for its size than a Lamborghini Aventador (at 108 horsepower per liter). Drive it like you stole it, and you’ll be surprised by its spirited performance. Other road testers have reported 0 to 60 mph acceleration times of about 9 seconds. We noticed some turbo lag, but it was not problematic.

What Does The New 2014 Ford Fiesta Cost?

The base model 2014 Ford Fiesta is priced at $14,795* and is arriving in dealerships in hatchback and sedan body styles now. The high-performance Fiesta ST hatchback model starts at $22,195* (*prices include $795 destination and delivery charge). Ford is still keeping mum on pricing for the fuel-efficient Fiesta 1L, but it should arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year, with pricing closer to its release. Pundits are projecting the Fiesta 1L will price around $15,000.

2014 Ford Fiesta

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Ford.)