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Ford Fiesta Review

Highlights

  • 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, competitive pricing and leading technology. Coming in three-door or five-door hatchback form, it’s available with a choice of five trim levels plus three dedicated trim levels for the ST hot hatch version.

DRIVING

What is the Ford Fiesta like to drive?

The Fiesta has always been one of the most engaging hatchbacks to drive on the market. The current model doesn’t change that. 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 absorbing bigger bumps in the road. The gear shift has a pleasantly crisp feeling, and it also has strong brakes. The engine range is dominated by petrol engines, with six versus the two diesels, and around 90% of Fiestas will be ordered with a petrol, despite Ford adding a new 120hp diesel last year. New for 2018 is the sporty ST model, which is powered by a 200hp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.1 70hp, 115g/km CO2 (24% BIK), 55.4mpg
  • 1.1 85hp, 114g/km CO2 (23% BIK), 55.4mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 100hp, 107-139g/km CO2 (22-28% BIK), 46.3-60.1mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 125hp, 108-110g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 56.5-60.1mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 140hp, 113-119g/km CO2 (23-24% BIK), 54.3-57.7mpg
  • 1.5 turbo 200hp, 136g/km CO2 (28% BIK), 47.1mpg

 

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

Gearboxes:

  • 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.
 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Ford Fiesta trim levels explained

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

Style

  • 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

ST-1 (in addition to ST-line)

  • Flat bottomed steering wheel
  • Body coloured, heated door mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Recaro sports seats
  • ST suspension
  • Selectable drive modes
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ST-2 (in addition to ST-1)

  • Climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Uprated stereo
  • Blue seatbelts
  • 8.0” touchscreen

ST-3 (in addition to ST-2)

  • 18” alloys
  • Satnav
  • Power fold mirrors
  • 4.2” TFT instrument cluster
  • Auto wipers
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Lumbar support
  • Heated steering wheel  
  • Leather front seats
  • Red brake calipers

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How to spec the Ford Fiesta

Titanium trim brings everything you’d really need for £1,900 more than the Zetec, though the looks of the ST-Line could be worth sacrificing the additional equipment for some. For those with the budget, the ST-Line X brings the best of both worlds. In terms of engine choice, the 100hp 1.0-litre Ecoboost is excellent. It provides plenty of go and the car feels quicker than 100hp should rightly deliver plus it’s also the most efficient petrol and the lowest BIK tax point of the entire range.

 

Ford Fiesta Interior – what’s it like?

Ford has really tidied up the interior, replacing the vast majority of buttons with the touchscreen utilising the user-friendly Sync3 infotainment system. Usefully, climate control buttons are still there, rather than trying to have too much through the screen. There is also a much cleaner feel to the cabin. The new car is 71mm longer, helping a rear space that will house a couple of adults and boot space of more than 300 litres with the rear seats in place. It is competitive versus alternatives and not far shy off the bigger Ford Focus.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Ford Fiesta Alternatives

Alternative options 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.

VERDICT

Verdict

The Fiesta is great to drive and can be specced with various equipment options. It’s a more grown-up supermini than ever before, and available with a wider model range designed to suit all requirements and tastes.

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