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FORD Fiesta

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Ford Fiesta Review


  • Great handling
  • Class-leading safety and technology kit available
  • Wide model range


Arval’s pick of the range: Ford Fiesta 1.0 100hp Titanium 5dr manual


Ford Fiesta - Overview

The UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta is popular across the board and manages to combine great driving dynamics with leading technology. Coming in three-door or five-door form, the latter costing an extra £650, the car is available with a choice of five trim levels, which are now more visually distinctive than before and include the premium Vignale spec. Crossover-styled Active and hot hatch ST models are due in spring 2018.


What is the Ford Fiesta like to drive?

The Fiesta has always been among the finest-handling of superminis, and the latest edition follows suit. It’s a fun car to drive thanks to a very competent chassis, well-controlled body roll and a ride quality that manages to be sporty while still effectively absorbing bigger bumps and ruts. The gear shift has a pleasantly crisp feeling and improvements to the brakes and tyres have shaved almost 10% off the braking distances. The engine range is dominated by petrol engines, with five compared the two diesels. Ford predicts around 90% of Fiestas will come with a petrol engine, despite the blue oval marque adding a new 120hp diesel, the most powerful diesel yet in a Fiesta. Three petrol units are award-winning Ecoboost powertrains that benefit from turbocharging to offer higher power but lower emissions, while the 1.1 petrol is a new engine that replaces the old Fiesta’s 1.25 powertrain.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.1 70hp, 101g/km CO2 (21% BIK), 64.2mpg
  • 1.1 85hp, 101g/km CO2 (21% BIK), 64.2mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 100hp, 97-118g/km CO2 (20-24% BIK), 54.3-65.7mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 125hp, 98g/km CO2 (20% BIK), 65.7mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 140hp, 102g/km CO2 (21% BIK), 62.8mpg

Diesel engines:

  • 1.5 85hp, 82-84g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 85.6-88.3mpg
  • 1.5 120hp, 89g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 88.3mpg


  • 5-speed manual (1.1 petrol engines)
  • 6-speed manual (diesel and 1.0 petrol engines)
  • 6-speed automatic (available on 1.0 petrol 100hp only)


Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Ford Fiesta trim levels explained

Ford’s trim levels are linear for the bottom two of Style and Zetec, before splitting to offer for the same price either more luxury with Titanium or a sportier look and feel with ST-Line, depending on customer preference. Both trims also have an enhanced ‘X’ spec too, and at the top of the range is Ford’s premium Vignale branding.


  • 15” steel wheels
  • Lane keeping alert and aid
  • Speed limiter
  • Auto lights
  • Bluetooth
  • AM/FM radio
  • Air conditioning
  • 4.2-inch screen
  • Trip computer

Zetec (in addition to Style)

  • 15” alloys
  • 6.5” touchscreen with Ford Sync3 system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Two USB sockets

ST-Line (in addition to Zetec)

  • 17” alloys
  • ST-Line body styling kit and grille
  • Sports pedals and steering wheel
  • Sports suspension
  • Keyless entry

ST-Line X (in addition to ST-Line)

  • Climate control
  • Power-fold door mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 4.2” TFT instrument cluster
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Auto high beam assist
  • 8.0” touchscreen
  • Sat nav
  • Sports seats
  • Cruise control
  • Auto wipers

Titanium (in addition to Zetec)

  • 16” alloys
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Sat nav
  • 8.0” touchscreen
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless start
  • Auto wipers

Titanium X (in addition to Titanium)

  • Electric rear windows (5dr)
  • Keyless entry
  • Part-leather heated seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear-view camera
  • Upgraded audio system

Vignale (in addition to Titanium)

  • 17” alloys
  • Opening panoramic roof
  • Electric rear windows (5dr)
  • Leather heated seats and steering wheel
  • Rear view camera with parking sensors

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Ford Fiesta Interior – what’s it like?

Ford has really tidied up the interior, replacing the vast majority of buttons from the old Fiesta with a touchscreen which contains the user-friendly Sync3 infotainment system. Usefully, the climate control switchgear is still there as opposed to integrated in the touchscreen. Despite this, there is still a much cleaner and simpler feel to the cabin. The new car is 71mm longer, creating rear space that will easily house a couple of adults, and a boot space of more than 300 litres with the rear seats in place is competitive versus rivals and not far shy of the bigger Ford Focus.


Ford Fiesta Alternatives

Alternative models include the Kia Rio, Peugeot 208, Citroen C3, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra, Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and the Volkswagen Polo.



Still great to drive and can be specced with equipment from the class above, the Fiesta is a more grown-up supermini than ever before and is available with a wider model range designed to suit all requirements and tastes.

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