The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car for a number of reasons. It’s a five-seater hatchback with stylish looks and punchy engines, along with a timeless image. Its EcoBoost power units offer an unrivalled mix of economy and performance, it has a choice of three or five-door body styles, along with an off-road-styled Active version on top of the existing Titanium, ST-Line, ST and premium Titanium X models.
But as well as having a multi-faceted range, the Fiesta is also a simply brilliant car, loaded with tech, great fun to drive and sensible value for money.
The Fiesta has won loads of awards, but that’s hardly surprising for such an enduring and popular model. It deserves its success, as there are very few superminis out there that can match it for style, driver appeal or ease of ownership.
The Fiesta is handsome, with a timeless elegance that means it will always look good and appeal to drivers of all ages.
There are loads of different models to choose from. All look great, but the lower trim levels are fairly basic in their appearance – no bad thing if a functional small car is what you’re after.
Five-door models are deceptively big, with wide-opening rear doors and a neat styling that that kicks-up towards the rear to ensure it still looks compact.
Sportier models look great, with side skirts, a chiselled front bumper and a cheeky boot spoiler promising lively performance.
The Fiesta’s interior is practical and on a par with most of its rivals, with an exceptionally good driving position and plenty of head and legroom. It’s a bit more cramped in the rear than in the front, but it will still transport four adults in relative comfort.
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is – thankfully – standard on all but the entry-level Style trim, but you may choose to seek one out with the larger eight-inch touchscreen rather than the standard 6.5-inch set-up. DAB is standard on all but the Style model too, so the infotainment options are all excellent.
The dash is brilliantly styled, with ergonomically placed controls and clear, easy-to-read instruments that make it a pleasant and intuitive car to drive, whichever model you go for.
Driving and practicality
The Fiesta is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, thanks to its great steering and engaging chassis. It’s fun to drive, yet at the same time stable and confidence-inspiring, along with a ride quality comparable to softer, larger cars.
It’s available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with either six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes and a 1.1-litre petrol with a five-speed manual that produces 69 to 138bhp. If you’d prefer diesel, there’s a 1.5-litre diesel paired with a six-speed manual, with outputs of 84 and 118bhp.
Importantly, they all offer excellent fuel economy and low emissions of no more than 118g/km of CO2. The most efficient diesel will return 80mpg too, but even the liveliest engine can deliver an impressive 54mpg. If you’re looking for more power, the Fiesta ST gets a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, delivering 198bhp plus 290Nm of torque and is capable of 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds. Even this will return between 46 and 74mpg on a combined cycle, yet handles and performs like a proper hot hatch.
In all versions, the driving position is pretty much spot on and – in most trims at least – there’s plenty of seat adjustability to help you get comfortable. Some models even have an optional park assist system, which can self-park the car in and out of both parallel spaces and typical supermarket perpendicular bays. The driver is still required to work the gearbox, accelerator and brake, but the new system does at least emergency-brake if it senses a potential impact.
Ever since the first Fiesta appeared over 40 years ago, it has been a car that suits everyone, and that continues to this day. It’s naturally a big hit among younger drivers thanks to its sleek looks and modern tech, but it’s equally happy on the school run or pottering around town. The Fiesta has always defined the supermini sector, and it’s about as good as a small car gets.Search Ford Fiesta