The exterior of a white Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta review

The Ford Fiesta drives fantastically well, managing to be both comfortable and nippy at the same time. It’s really well built, low cost to run and comes with plenty of tech.

Pros

  • Affordable running costs
  • Excellent build quality and reliability
  • Good balance of comfort and driver enjoyment

Cons

  • Rear passenger space isn’t as good as some rivals
  • Its popularity means you won’t stand out from the crowd
  • Boot access isn’t as good as some others

Summary

“There’s a Fiesta to suit everyone and they all have excellent design combined with great engines, good practicality and decent tech.”

It’s easy to see why the Fiesta is so popular. Available in three-door and five-door versions, the design remains fresh while the well-built interiors feature quality materials and a good level of technology and practicality. The latest generation launched in 2017 so many used cars are the previous model. 

The Fiesta is enjoyable to drive. Its engines deliver good performance and economy making it comfortable in town and beyond. It’s a great all-rounder, good looking and never compromises on style.

The latest generation takes things more upmarket with some exciting technology and even more premium materials. The range has also been expanded to include the Active crossover version and there’s even a luxurious Vignale model.

Front light shot of the Ford Fiesta

What’s the interior like?

“Good quality finishes, a great driving position and essential tech make the Fiesta’s interior a fine place to be.”

Ford has done a clever job of making the interior look and feel good. Smart pieces of aluminium-looking trim help to add a bit of contrast and the whole interior has a futuristic air.  

The driving position is excellent. It’s well positioned with highly supportive seats and all the everyday controls are easy to use. The basic audio system is good in the Fiesta, but higher-spec models receive Ford’s touchscreen SYNC infotainment system.

Three-door versions make access to the rear seats more awkward and rear headroom is slightly compromised due to a sloping roofline. Legroom is good for most, except for taller passengers. Boot space is reasonable for a small car and compares well with the previous generation Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio at 290 litres.

The seats are comfortable and there are plenty of essential storage spaces for all your bits and pieces, making the Fiesta an excellent choice for commuting or travelling further afield.

The interior of a Ford Fiesta with steering wheel and dashboard in shot

What’s it like to drive?

“Ford has done a great job in making the Fiesta not only comfortable but also enjoyable to drive in town or on rural roads.”

The Ford has a wide choice of engines, from economical diesels to great small turbocharged petrol engines. All are zesty and lively for the nippy little car. The ST high performance model is highly acclaimed as one of the best small sports cars available.

The steering is pin-sharp accurate and the gearboxes are smooth. Diesel engines deliver the best level of economy, but the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines are not far behind and come with different power outputs to suit your needs.

Visibility is excellent. There’s a large windscreen and plenty of glass around the driver. The Fiesta’s compact dimensions ensure it manages city streets and supermarket car parks with ease.

Back seat shot of the Ford Fiesta

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“The Fiesta is not only a great car but it’s one of the cheapest to run in the UK.”

With so many Fiestas sold in the UK, new car buyers see their vehicles depreciate substantially in the first few years which is great news for anyone buying used.

All models are renowned for their cheap running costs, including low insurance and road tax.

Diesel models provide up to 88 mpg but you can still get up to 65 mpg in the 1.0-litre petrol versions.

The exterior of a white Ford Fiesta

How reliable and safe is it?

“One of the most reliable cars on the market by far.”

There aren't many cars that are more reliable than the Fiesta. Apart from the annual service, it’s unlikely you’ll ever go near a workshop. The most reported problems are with the suspension and heating.

As well as a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the Fiesta also has a vast number of safety features. Some models have Emergency City Stop and MyKey which allows you to install certain settings, such as maximum speed and a seatbelt reminder, for younger drivers.

Engine shot of the Ford Fiesta

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - 1.5 TDCi Econetic

Best for family - 125 hp 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 5dr

Best for fun - ST

Aim for the highest specification you can afford such as the Zetec or Titanium. The five-door is the more practical option but not everyone likes the look compared with the more natural three-door.

Unless you’re going to be doing a high mileage, the 1.0 EcoBoost petrol models will give you a decent drive, great economy and low emissions. The vast majority of Fiestas are sold with this engine. 

There are also loads of special edition models, so you might find one with extra pieces of equipment that help you stand out a little more in the crowd.

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