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Ford recently started introducing a new trim level into some of its vehicle lineups, and it's called the ST-Line. It was first introduced a couple of years ago in European markets, and it proved so successful it has now been introduced here in America with models like the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST-Line.

Having ST in the name inevitably conjures thoughts of additional performance, but an ST-Line isn't an ST, although the trim is inspired by the full-fat ST trim level Ford cars. The ST-Line concept is to offer buyers a more affordable, smaller engine model than an ST. There are some suspension tweaks, but the real emphasis is more on the styling than extra performance. So, let's take a closer look at the Ford Fiesta ST-Line to make things a little clearer.

Exterior styling

Ford seems to have got the balance just right with the exterior styling of the Fiesta ST-Line. It has just enough sporty styling cues to tell you it's not a run-of-the-mill model, but it doesn't go far enough to infringe on the full-blown ST model's territory. Compared to an S or SE model, the ST-Line features deeper bumpers at the front and back, a modest but sporty body kit, a honeycomb front grille, and some very fetching 10-Spoke Ebony Black-painted 16-inch alloy wheels. It also has Halogen fog lamps with Carbon Black surrounds, dual chrome exhaust tips and a rear diffuser. The Fiesta is already an attractive little car, but the exterior styling of the ST-Line really does take the car to another level, but without the expense of going for an ST if you don’t want or need a bigger, more powerful engine.


Speaking of engines, it would probably be a good idea to cover what is under the hood of the ST-Line, as well as what isn't. The St-Line gets the same engine as the S and SE trims, which is a 1.6-liter inline-four that puts out 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels through a standard five-speed manual transmission, although most ST-Line models you'll come across are likely to have been specified with the optional six-speed automatic.

The difference between the ST-Line and the Fiesta ST is that the ST ups the ante considerably in the performance stakes, with a 1.6-liter turbo-four that has 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal.


On the inside, all Fiesta ST-Line models have Charcoal Black sport cloth with red stitching. The same upholstery is also an available option with the SE, but then the stitching is silver instead of red, and it's a cost-option and not standard as it is in the ST-Line. The ST-Line also features unique front door-sill scuff plates with ST-Line logo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching, aluminum sport pedal covers, ambient lighting, and a leather-wrapped shift knob with a metallic insert, if you've gone for the automatic.

For more details about this great value, sporty ST-Line trim level for the Fiesta, and to try one out for yourself on a test drive, get in touch with us today here at Southern California Ford Dealers, the premier choice Ford dealers for all your automotive needs.