Review

Ford Fiesta hatchback

Price  £9,995 - £17,995

Ford Fiesta hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Superb fun to drive
  • Cheap to run
Cons
  • Small boot
  • Interior is slightly cramped
  • Automatic only available on one engine

At a glance

"The Ford Fiesta is a supermini in a class of its own – it looks stylish, it’s great fun to drive and it’s economical, too."

Despite its advancing years, the current Ford Fiesta is still the biggest-selling car in Britain. It's also our favourite small car thanks to its smart looks, comfortable interior and fun-to-drive character.

That's not to say it's perfect – rivals such as the Nissan Note and Kia Rio offer more interior space – but none of these models can match the Ford's combination of talents. And the lack of a sixth gear on most versions means that the Fiesta gets a bit noisy on the motorway.

Nevertheless, the Fiesta is a fine small-car choice. It's also practical, well equipped and represents decent value for money.

Key to the Fiesta's appeal is its entertaining driving experience and a range of excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, which mix decent acceleration with excellent fuel economy. Buyers covering high annual mileages should consider one of the frugal 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engines. You should steer clear of the most basic 1.0 and 1.25-litre petrol engines and the 1.5-litre diesel, however.

There are a range of different trim levels to choose from: Studio, Style, Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium and Titanium X – and three of these are available with fuel-saving ECOnetic packs. At the top of the range are the sporty Fiesta Red and Fiesta Black Editions, as well as the rapid Ford Fiesta ST sporty hatchback, itself available in three specifications. All models get essential equipment such as air-conditioning, stability control, electric windows and a USB connection. We’d recommend the Zetec, as it strikes the best balance between price and equipment, including Ford's clever SYNC Bluetooth system, alloy wheels and Ford's excellent heated windscreen.

The Fiesta is a safe car, too, despite its small dimensions. It was awarded a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, thanks to the inclusion of stability control and six airbags across the range. Models fitted with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine can also be specified with Active City Stop at an additional cost. This automatically stops the car if it senses an imminent low-speed collision.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

4.8 / 5

Running costs are low for most models and the Ford Fiesta is affordable to service, too

Engines, drive & performance

4.8 / 5

No other small hatchback can match the Ford Fiesta for driving fun, and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is thrilling

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

The Ford Fiesta boasts a high-quality and comfortable interior and can be fitted with a range of big-car technology

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

The Ford Fiesta is not the most practical of small hatchbacks, with a small boot and cramped rear seats

Reliability & safety

3.4 / 5

The Ford Fiesta’s safety credentials are faultless and quality is good, but owners don’t seem too impressed

What the others say

4.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4.5 / 5
"The Fiesta blends hot hatch agility with a superb ride. It's great to drive at any speed, on any type of road. A well laid out cabin, smooth petrol engine and excellent refinement are the finishing touches."
13.0 / 5
"The three-door looks genuinely brilliant - especially in some of the new bold colours. The five-door doesn't look half bad either. Just one problem - the Fiesta name just hasn't got the barside pizzazz you might want."
4.5 / 5
"It has the firm-but-controlled ride of a truly rigid car calibrated by people who love driving, it leans hardly at all, and both brakes and five-speed gearbox work exactly as you would like them to."
4.0 / 5
"The trim is high quality and beautifully put together. If Audi made a car this size I doubt they'd have done a better job.."

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What owners say

4.1001398601399
4.1 /5 based on 715 reviews
60%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
9 Oct 2014
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