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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Ford Fiesta (08-) Hatchback
57 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.6 Ti-VCT Zetec S 3dr

    Simon Kendall , Cornwall . Date: 29/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    I got my car 2 months after passing my driving test, and based on the first 4 months and 9000 miles, I can conclude its brilliant, but has a small boot. In terms of driving, its flat up to 2000rpm, but from there it almost acts like a turbocharged unit, its very lively. The handling is superb on my B road blast to work in the morning, whether its the standard fit Continental Contisport tyres or not, it grips strong and true, only starting to push wide if the road surface starts becoming rough mid-corner. When cornering hard, the inside rear wheel begins losing grip, giving me the feeling its trying to push me wide. The steering is direct, full of feel, well weighted and communicative. The interior design is attractive, but clunky heater controls dissapoint. Standard kit is low, but mine as the heated leather and voice controlled bluetooth. The heated windscreen is great in winter, 15 or 20 seconds to clear ice. The driving position is great, im 6ft 2and 18st and have no problems, and my girlfriend at 4ft 11 can get comfy. Rear space is acceptable for this type of car, and the rear leather is fantastic. The biggest letdown on this car is the bootspace. On my previous Mk5 fiesta, 2 sets of golf clubs fitted, but in this one, only 1 fits and it has to be put in diagonally leaving no other space. The styling is great, and has introduced me to loads of new people who spoke to me because they got attracted to such a swanky car, just beware, the front body kit is low.

  • 1.4 TDCi Titanium 5dr

    Ryan Pimm Date: 29/10/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    Had the car for three years and it's just about to go back to the leasing company and I'm truly sorry to see it go. The Fiesta looks good, has lots of standard equipment and has been economical to run and 100% reliable. Major plus points are the fuel economy - averaging about 45mpg around town and closed to 60mpg on a long trip. Refinement is reasonable but at motorway speeds a sixth gear would be useful. Seats are comfortable, the stereo and air-conditioning are excellent and ride and handling are good. It also only costs £20 to tax for a year. On the downside, although the car has pretty good pulling power on an incline and in mid-range, in low gears it's incredibly slow - not the car to choose if you like beating people away from the lights. In very cold weather it also takes a few tries before it starts and again, during cold weather, the heater takes an age to warm up, although this is also something I've experienced on other diesel cars. Servicing costs at my local Ford dealer have been reasonable and the car is also cheap to insure. It has developed an intermittent fault with the cruise control but as I rarely use it this hasn't been a problem. Overall, highly recommended although if I was having another Fiesta, I'd be more likely to have a petrol engine.

  • 1.4i Zetec 5dr

    george daniels , cleveland . Date: 12/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42.1

    My car

    owned this model since 04/03/2009 a superb car, big car refinement in a supermini top marks to ford. this is my first ford but wont be my last if the next focus as good as this car i'll be getting one. top marks to ford keep up the good work

  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec S 3dr

    Matthew Perry Date: 10/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I'm disappointed with my 1.6TDCI. Ford claim it will do 67.2 mpg combined, mine is currently averaging less than 46. I don't drive it hard, and even when I reset the computer and drive like "Miss Daisy" around town and do a constant 60 on the motorway, I only get 49. The car has now done 4500 miles so it should be loosening up.

    There are loads of other problems too. The boot has to be slammed shut or the sensor thinks it's still open. The passenger door has to be closed very firmly (the driver's door is ok though!). The stereo often has no sound coming out of it and I have to change the "source" to get it to emit anything. The climate control buttons were defective on delivery (fixed under warranty). The bluetooth sometimes cuts me off mid call. The rear window washer is angled such that it only washes half the screen. There is a sharp edge on the handbrake.

    It could've been brilliant, but it is merely average, there are so many niggly things wrong it is annoying and they are purely down to lack of attention.

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