Don't Let a Little Snow Stop Your Ford Fiesta ST

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Did you visit your Ford dealer to test drive a Focus ST but end up with a 2014 Fiesta ST instead? You can't go wrong either way, however it's hard not to be swayed by the Fiesta ST's amazing power-to-weight ratio. 197 horsepower moving a mere 2,720 pounds gives you go-kart handling with plenty of power.

This is all fun until winter, as the vehicle's low curb weight and 205/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Max Performance Summer tires make winter driving almost impossible.


Winter / Snow Tire Size:

There will be some variance in sizes depending on where you live, but most Fiesta ST drivers are best served by running 185/60R15 in the winter. This size gives you a footprint that's about 1" narrower, while maintaining the same overall tire diameter. Narrower tires will cut through moderate and deeper snow while providing good grip in packed snow and on ice.

Wheel Choice:

Ford does an amazing job channeling all that power without losing the battle to excessive torque steer (the tendency of a vehicle to veer straight ahead under hard acceleration). Ideally, you'll want to stay close to your 17x7" Original Equipment wheel's 47.5 mm offset. In theory, a significantly lower offset wheel will add torque steer. 

Tire & Wheel Package

Using the above information, if I had a Fiesta ST, I'd order a set of 185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires on 15x6" 47mm offset steel wheels.

185/60-15 Studless Ice and Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $103*
185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
15x6 47ET Steel Wheel $50*
15x6" Steel Wheel


View all winter options available for your Ford Fiesta ST and create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Comments on Don't Let a Little Snow Stop Your Ford Fiesta ST

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Steven Udell:
Ford Fiesta ST 2014 white... needs ice/snow studless tires
I like ur sites sugestions on
285/60R15 Mivhrlin X-ice Xi3 and 15x6" steel wheels..
but ur site does not have the steel wheels.

So.. I have stock set up right now(factory)
I don't think the 185/60R15 will fit the stock rims..
So... what to do
would be willing to buy a new set of rims for my old tires for now.. and put ice/snow on factory rims..
or just buy steel wheels with the 185/60R15s..
..or... what
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by cy:
Steven, the 15" steel wheels are en route to us, we should get them late November. So if you put your winter tires on at Thanksgiving time like we do, the steel wheels will be here in on time. Please order in advance because we'll fill the oldest orders 1st.

As you pointed out 185/60-15 won't fit your stock 17" wheels.

Thanks. Cy.
Monday, October 27, 2014 by Virginia Apple:
Will the above tires fit my rims that are on the Fiesta?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by cy:
Virginia,
They won’t fit the 2014 Fiesta ST 17” wheels but if you have different trim level Fiesta with either 185/60-15 or 195/60-15, the above 185/60-15 tires will fit your original wheels.
Thanks. Cy
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Bruce:
Would you recommend Dunlop Graspic DS3's for a snow tire for a 2014 Ford Fiesta? Thanks
Friday, October 31, 2014 by cy:
Bruce,

The Graspic DS3 is a good value but it’s ice grip & dry road handling are a step behind its peers. It sounds like you have 185/60-15. For that size the Blizzak WS-70 is better in both respects at a $2 per tire price difference. See:

www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Blizzak+WS70&partnum=86TR5WS70&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=HK8

If you have 2014 Fiesta Titanium with 195/50-16 we would normally down size to 15's to get a skinnier tire such as 175/65-15 or 185/60-15. Have a narrower tire puts weight/grip on those front tires.

If you really want to use your Original Equipment 16" wheels than the optimal choice is the 185/55-16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80.

Thanks. Cy
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Nathan:
Hi I was wondering if a 195/60/R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter tires would fit on my 2015 Fiesta ST?

Thanks
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by cy:
Nathan, 195/60-15 is slightly taller than what we’ve test fit on your Fiesta ST.

With our conservative outlook we see a slight risk of rubbing so we consider 195/60-15 to be a “custom size.” So if you want to run this size I would also get anecdotal feedback from other Fiesta ST drivers at:

http://www.fiestastforum.com/forum/forums/10-Wheels-amp-Tires

Thanks. Cy.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Eric Penn:
What air pressure do you suggest in the 195/45-16 size tire listed in the Fiesta ST Supplement for winter? OE tires take 39 psi front, 36 psi rear.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by cy:
Eric, since carrying capacity is the same for both, the same 39 Front 36 Rear Ford Original Equipment pressure recommendation (listed on the door placard) will apply. Thanks. Cy.

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