New 2021 Ford Fiesta spotted for the first time

Ford Fiesta will get facelift inspired by new Puma SUV

  • New LED elements in light clusters
  • No diesel engines
  • Focus also getting facelift in 2021

The Ford Fiesta will get a midlife update later this year. Ford’s supermini is always vying to be Britain’s best-selling car and a refreshed model should help its cause. There’ll be tweaks inside and out, although the engine range is likely to remain unchanged.

Since the Fiesta came out in 2017, there have been new Vauxhall Corsa, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris, Dacia Sandero and Renault Clio models launched, and other rivals include the smart Volkswagen Polo and the good-value Skoda Fabia. The Fiesta needs a few updates to keep it fresh against such talented opposition.

The well-received Ford Puma SUV will be the inspiration for the updated Fiesta’s styling. From these spy shots, we can see there are reshaped headlights, which will feature a new daytime running light signature, and a new grille. Besides the front end, it’s likely that little will be changed, although we expect a slightly different selection of paint colours will be offered.

While it’s hard to tell from these pictures, we don’t think Ford will change the Fiesta’s interior too much. The eight-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system looks to remain on top of the dashboard but will probably get updated graphics, as with the system in the latest Ford Kuga SUV. No major bodywork changes will happen as part of this facelift, so the decent rear passenger space and 311-litre boot (which is about average for the class) will remain.

The engine range will be carried over almost untouched because it wasn’t too long ago that Ford introduced mild-hybrid technology to the EcoBoost petrol engines. Available with either 123 or 153bhp (and a non-hybrid 94bhp version), all guises of the 1.0-litre turbo petrol manage around 55mpg, while you can expect nearly 50mpg from the 123bhp engine with an automatic gearbox.

The cheapest entry-level Trend version of the Fiesta comes with a 74bhp 1.1-litre petrol engine. At the other end of the spectrum is the Ford Fiesta ST’s 1.5-litre engine with 197bhp, which should still return over 40mpg when you’re not exploring its performance. The ST will also get the same styling and interior updates as the standard Fiesta, albeit at a later date.

What does it mean for car buyers?  

There are cheaper, more premium and more practical superminis, but it’s almost impossible not to at least consider the Fiesta if you’re looking for a small car. It’s the best-driving supermini, there’s a Ford dealership in nearly every major town and a wide range of models means there’s something for every taste, whether you want the sporty ST-Line, rugged Active or upmarket Vignale.

Prices have crept up in the four years that the Fiesta has been on sale; the Zetec was just over £14,000 when it was launched, and there was an even cheaper base-spec model below that. Top-spec Vignale came in under £20,000. Now, the entry-level Trend model starts at more than £16,500, and £20k buys only a mid-spec car; you need £23,500 for a Vignale.

It’s likely that prices will rise slightly with the introduction of the facelifted model too. But dealers may want to shift some current models when the new car goes on sale, so look out for good deals on pre-facelift models. And, as we don’t expect changes to be drastic, you won’t be missing out on much by buying a current Fiesta rather than waiting for the updated one.

Read our guide to the best small cars, or check out the Ford Focus facelift which is also coming out in 2021.

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