2019 Ford Fiesta ST vs. 2019 Honda Civic Si

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Fiesta ST and the Civic Si have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta ST’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine

The Fiesta ST’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (202 vs. 192) than the Civic Si’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta ST is faster than the Honda Civic Si (manual transmissions tested):

 

Fiesta ST

Civic Si

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

92.6 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Fiesta ST stops much shorter than the Civic Si:

 

Fiesta ST

Civic Si

 

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

124 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Fiesta ST has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Civic Si, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Fiesta ST has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Civic Si’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta ST’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Civic Si’s (35.5 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis

The Fiesta ST is 1 foot, 5.3 inches shorter than the Civic Si Coupe, making the Fiesta ST easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Fiesta ST is 1 foot, 10.7 inches shorter than the Civic Si Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fiesta ST’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta ST and the Civic Si have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta ST is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Civic Si prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Fiesta ST has a standard rear wiper. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the Fiesta ST’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Civic Si’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fiesta ST’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Civic Si’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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