The Ford Fiesta has the reputation of being a car you can really rely on whilst also still putting a smile on your face when you're driving about town. And, that's not the only reason it’s been one of the UK’s best sellers for so long. Ford offers the Fiesta in a variety of styles, which undoubtedly helps attract such a large audience. You can choose between a (fairly) inexpensive model that looks innocent enough for your elderly parents to drive, a sportier-looking ST-Line model that makes it look like the hot-hatch Ford Fiesta ST, or you can have a touch of luxurious lifestyle with a Vignale version of each.
Like the majority of vehicles on the market today, the most recent Fiesta faces fierce competition from vehicles like the VW Polo, Peugeot 208, and Seat Ibiza which compete on similar terms. The Dacia Sandero significantly undercuts the cost of all other small cars, and the Honda Jazz is another option if you need more room in a small package. So, how does it compare?
Ford Fiesta Drive
The base 1.1-litre petrol engine in the Fiesta, known as the 1.1 Ti-VCT 75, only produces 74 bhp and feels rather weak on speedier roads. Instead, we'd choose the more powerful 1.0 turbocharged Ecoboost engines. Starting with the Ecoboost 100, which is our preferred engine in the lineup, they are available in a range of power outputs. It provides good performance and pulls well from low revs (0-62mph takes 10.8sec).
If you have a little extra cash, the more potent Ecoboost mHEV (mild-hybrid) 125 is something to think about. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in less than half the time of the Ecoboost 100 and has more power at low engine speeds. The Ecoboost Hybrid 125 comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, but it doesn't respond very fast when you request a pop of acceleration. The Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch is by far the fastest variant. That comes with a special 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine, which you'll love if you enjoy cars with lots of flavours.
The Fiesta's ability to combine small-car fun with big-car sophistication is one of its most endearing qualities, and this is also true of the way it rides. Despite being a small hatchback, the Fiesta offers similar driving enjoyment to some sports cars thanks to its precise steering and sharp handling. The car's ability to make you smile, even on the most routine of trips, is undoubtedly one of its most admirable traits.
Ford fiesta Interior
The driver's seat in every Ford Fiesta can be adjusted in height, and at its lowest position, it is higher than those in many other compact cars. Even though some people might prefer a lower-slung driving position, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Although the ride height of active models is 18mm higher, the difference is barely perceptible. Putting height aside, it's hard to fault the driving position. Through turns and over long distances, the seat keeps you firmly in place while still being comfortable.
The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the Fiesta is comparatively easy to use. However, it isn't quite as quick or intuitive as the systems in the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo. Two USB ports and a six-speaker stereo are included in the Trend trim, but seven speakers are added in every other model. Although it is a little plain in the mid-range, the punchy Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade is worth considering if you love music. Both wireless phone charging and it is included as standard equipment with Vignale trims.
The steering wheel, gear stick, and indicator stalks are among the interior components you touch most frequently. By class standards, they feel fairly upscale, and the Fiesta even has soft-touch plastic on some of its dashboards. That is not available in an Ibiza or Fabia.
However, the interior of the Fiesta doesn't feel quite as well-assembled as the interiors of the Ibiza or Polo or as plush as the interior of the Peugeot 208.
Ford Fiesta Space
The Ford Fiesta has plenty of headroom up front despite its steeply sloping windscreen and slightly elevated driving position. However, if you're particularly tall, we advise against adding the optional panoramic glass roof because it significantly reduces headroom.
The Fiesta's rear space could use some improvement. It will fit two people who are six feet tall with leg room that is comparable to that of the Volkswagen Polo, but it won't be quite as spacious as the Seat Ibiza or the Honda Jazz. Additionally, headroom isn't quite as roomy as in some competing small cars, particularly if you choose the additional panoramic roof. Three adults will find it a little tight in the back because the middle rear seat is quite small compared to other cars in its class.
Looking for a car with a large boot? Well, luckily for you in the Fiesta you will be able to fit around five carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf. However, you will find more boot space in the back of the Ibiza, Jazz and Polo.
The Ford Fiesta is an excellent drive, stylish inside, and well-equipped, it also offers a wide range of trim levels, from the inexpensive Trend to the SUV-inspired Active, to suit a variety of tastes and price ranges. Although it's one of the best small cars you can buy, higher trims can be quite expensive, and the Volkswagen Polo just corners it in terms of ride comfort, safeness, and rear-seat space.
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*All pricing is correct at the time of publishing