The Auto Trader expert verdict:
The Ford Fiesta is a class-leading supermini boasting fine handling, good looks and decent practicality. It is very hard to fault this popular model.
Reasons to buy:
- Stylish interior and exterior design
- Superb car to drive
- Cheap to run
How good does it look?
The Fiesta looks dashing with the unmistakeable Ford face. Even the most basic models are attractive, and all models from entry-level Zetec upwards get alloy wheels and front fog lights. Three and five-door models are available across the range. ST-Line models go down a sporty route with larger 17-inch alloys and a bodykit, as well as LED rear lights, while Titanium and Titanium X models go for a more understated upgrade, with 16-inch alloys and rear privacy glass. The sport ST hot hatch models come in a range of flavours from ST-1 to ST-3, all with big wheels and a bodykit, and the range-topping ST200 comes in a unique Storm Grey paint with red-painted brake calipers.
Expert rating: 5/5
What's the interior like?
“The quality of materials feels a bit shaky by modern standards”
The Fiesta’s cabin is a very pleasant place to be, with an excellent seating position and a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. However, while the interior was cutting edge at the car’s introduction, the quality of materials feels a bit shaky by modern standards. The central infotainment screen looks small and outdated compared to some of the rivals too, but it’s easy to use. A couple of dials and buttons control the ventilation system, and the steering wheel has controls for the audio system on the majority of models.
Expert rating: 3/5
How practical is it?
With a capacity of 295 litres, the Fiesta’s boot is competitive by supermini standards, if not class-leading. There’s ample room in the back for two adults, making the Fiesta practical enough to be a small family’s one car, but access is much easier in the five-door model. All-round vision is good, too, although the thick windscreen pillars limit forward visibility a little. That said, the car’s precise steering ensures parking is fairly simple, but parking sensors or the rear view mirror-mounted parking camera are worth considering as options.
Expert rating: 4/5
What's it like to drive?
“It’s a joy to thread through bends, but this excitement doesn’t come at the expense of ride comfort”
Whichever model you’re looking at, the Ford Fiesta is a superb driver’s car. Precise steering and well configured suspension mean it’s a joy to thread through bends, but this excitement doesn’t come at the expense of ride comfort; the suspension soaks up the worst bumps and the ride never becomes fidgety. Overall, the Fiesta is a very mature car, and despite the compact dimensions that make it an ideal car for the urban grind, it is still perfectly stable and composed at speed on the motorway. The ST, meanwhile, is the daddy of the small hot hatches. The ride’s a wee bit firm, but you expect that in a hot hatch, and its incredible sharpness and responsiveness will light up any B-road.
Expert rating: 5/5
How powerful is it?
“The best engine in the petrol range is the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol unit”
A 1.25-litre petrol engine is the first step on the ladder, providing 81bhp, but it’s found wanting on motorway drives. A cleaner, but less powerful 1.0-litre engine – with 79bhp – is also available, as is a 1.6-litre unit with 104bhp. The best engine in the petrol range is the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol unit. Available with either 99, 123 or 138bhp, it pulls strongly in a very un-petrol-like way from below 2000rpm, so it takes little effort to get the car moving at a good pace. Diesel options comprise a 1.5 with 74bhp or 94bhp, the latter of which is available in Econetic form, with average economy of 85.6mpg. It does the job of shuttling car and driver around town, but its main attraction is efficiency rather than punchy performance. The 1.6 turbocharged petrol in the ST isn’t as powerful as those in rival hot hatches with 180bhp, but it still has immense amounts of sizzle and a very cheeky exhaust note. The ST200 model has a bit more grunt, with 197bhp.
Expert rating: 4/5
How much will it cost me?
“The majority of Fiestas – petrol and diesel – have CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km”