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Ford Fiesta hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

The latest Ford Fiesta is one of the most economical superminis you can buy

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Low running costs have always been a key part of the Fiesta’s appeal, but Ford clearly hasn’t rested on its laurels for the latest model. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are both competitive, while insurance and servicing are competitively priced.

Ford Fiesta MPG & CO2

While the Fiesta’s petrol engines are not quite as economical as the discontinued diesel engine, they are still very capable. We’d recommend going for Ford’s excellent 99bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which returns 50.4-53.3mpg. Its CO2 emissions are lower, too, at 120-126g/km, lowering its BiK rating as a result.

Impressively, the 153bhp mild-hybrid version is capable of 52.3-56.5mpg, and the 123bhp mild-hybrid engine is claimed to return a very impressive 52.3-57.6mpg. CO2 emissions for both engines range from 112g/km to 122g/km.

If you need an automatic gearbox, you’ll be slightly penalised at the pumps and on your monthly company-car tax bill. Only available with the 123bhp EcoBoost engine, the new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic reduces overall economy to 49.6-53.3mpg, with CO2 emissions increasing to 119-128g/km for a higher BiK liability. If you’re after an automatic Fiesta, make sure it’s a seven-speed; the discontinued six-speed auto could only manage 42.2mpg.

Road tax for non-hybrid Fiesta models costs the standard VED amount annually. The mild-hybrid versions are taxed at the discounted VED rate.

Insurance

Insurance groups for the new Fiesta range from group four for Trend petrol models to 16 for top Vignale and ST-Line versions. It’s too early to see which groups the new mild-hybrid models are in but the 99bhp engine previously offered is in group 10. The most expensive version to insure is the Fiesta ST, which sits in group 28, whichever version or options you choose.

Servicing

Ford has the most expansive UK dealer network of any carmaker, so there’s rarely a branch far from home. This means routine servicing should be convenient – if not always the cheapest. Expect the latest Fiesta to require servicing annually, with conditions varying between models – your owner’s handbook will confirm which regime your car and engine belong to. Ford can offer a pre-paid servicing package to cover your first two or three services – ask your dealer to recommend a plan that suits your circumstances.

Warranty

The standard Ford UK warranty is three years or 60,000 miles – the same as provided with the Fiesta’s rivals from Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT. It’s markedly less generous than the five-year/unlimited-mileage policy provided with the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Yaris, though, and nor can it match the seven-year/100,000-mile policy that covers the Kia Rio. Ford does offer you the opportunity to extend your Fiesta’s warranty to four or five years, at extra cost.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.1 75 Trend 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,385

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TDCi Trend 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,985

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBoost ST-2 Navigation 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,655

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