|Intro||Looks||Practicality / Spec||Engine / Performance|
|Driving / NVH||On track||Fiesta Zetec S Vs ST||Options / Verdict|
For the Zetec S models, the chrome Aston Martin-esque grille from the standard models make way for a gloss black, honeycomb grille not too dissimilar to the one installed on the ST.
The headlights units now have the same integrated LED DRLS as found on higher spec Titanium and ST-2 models as standard for 2015.5MY. I’m pretty chuffed that I got them!
The lower bumper carries it’s own design however, with more honeycomb on the foglight surrounds and lower grille and a protruding skirt. The gloss black lower lip spoiler finishes off the look.
The side skirts remain the same as before from the MK7, as does the big rear spoiler.
The rear diffuser had a redesign for this facelift and is probably the least noticeable aspect from a distance (unlike the previous MK7’s faux-vents), but there is a solution for that (see below).
Candy Red is a new addition for 2015MY and the 17″ 8-spoke wheels are now standard fitment.
We get gloss black trim on the centre dash, but not on the doors – unlike Zetec and Titanium models. The (slightly) larger centre screen is due to the Sat-nav upgrade, and we also went for the Climate Control option.
The silver sports pedals were changed last year using those from the Focus, otherwise it’s standard Fiesta in here. It does feel a bit more plush compared to the ST – granted, with all options considered – and yet we don’t have to deal with a fussy Sony headunit this time! It actually feels a bit more premium in here too as all the blacklighting is all uniformly turquoise.
The ST was a mish-mash with its turquoise dash, a white stereo and red dials.
I normally don’t bother with leather but we’ve opted for the heated, leather seats with contrasting white stitching. They look better than the typical leather option that’s usually offered and hopefully wont crease or ‘sag’ like they used to with age.
If I didn’t already have a red car, I might be tempted by one of these.
A few owners have turned to tinkering with the looks but, as always, some are successful and some…not so much!
Exhibit A: This emergence of the front grilles now give an outline that resembles a Hyundai Grille
Exhibit B: Fitting the ST diffuser to the rear.
These examples found from the Ford Forums compliment the rear quite well though; not a quick process and some might need these, but they even work for the pre-facelift MK7.
Fitting guidance can be found here.
Spec: Zetec S Ecoboost 140 2015.5MY Engine: 1.0 Turbo Petrol, 138bhp, 155lb ft Transmission: 5 Speed Manual Mpg: Official: 62.8mpg Achieved: 43 - 47mpg Performance: 0-62mph: 9.0 Secs, 125mph Colour: Candy Red Running Period: Autumn – Present 2015 Options - Modena Full Leather Pack (Inc Heated Seats), 14" Spare wheel, Rear Privacy Glass, EATC Climate Control, Cruise Control, Automatic Headlights, Convenience Pack (Keyless Entry, Starter Button, Folding Door Mirrors & Puddle Lights), City Pack (Parking Sensors & Electric Door Mirrors), Active City Stop, Ford Navigation / DAB System