We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
Ford Fiesta (08-) Hatchback
54 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.6 105 Zetec Powershift 5dr

    Fiesta Owner , . Date: 02/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I've owned this car from new and it's done about 16000 miles. The best thing about this car is the steering - it's good for twisty roads and for cruising on the motorway. However the engine is a bit of a let down. It's obviously tuned for economy, not performance, and there is hardly any torque at low revs. If you attempt to overtake a car above 40mph then the gearbox will drop down (not too quickly) from 6th to 4th meaning lots of high revs (4-5000 rpm). The car is fine for around town and the pulls away very eagerly from a stop (great for busy roundabouts). None of the hesitation I experienced when I tried the VW Polo DSG.

    If you're used to a car with a small turbo engine with lots of low down pull, then you'll be disappointed with the engine. I've had problems out accelerating some lorries unless I really push the gas pedal down.

    The ride quality is very good for a small car and its not too firm. The interior quality is good although there's a few niggles. The DAB radio is poor - it takes ages to skip from one station to another. The lumbar support on the driver seat is horrible - it feels like a cheap piece of plastic sticking through the seat material. On the plus side, the car heats up quickly from cold and the heated front windscreen works well.

    Average MPG is 45 although I do a 40 mile round trip to work averaging 60-75 mpg with hardly any stopping.

    The Fiesta is a great car but avoid the 1.6 engine/auto combination.

  • 1.6T 180 Ecoboost ST 3dr

    kevin parr , stoke on trent . Date: 01/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    i have owned this car for six months and 6000 miles now every thing they say about this car is true ... iv owned a two focus sts while not as fast running costs are half and i personal think it handles better iv only had one problem with this car a oil leak from the engine which was fixed under warranty we shall see if it returns iv not read about any other similar problems but we shall see up to now im very happy with my choice and i think i may well buy another in a few years if it proves to be reliable ...... superb ....buy one !

  • 1.6 Ti-VCT Titanium 5dr

    Chris Hickey , . Date: 08/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in October 2013 and have now had it for 6 months... it is simply a gem! You can see why it gets glowing reviews generally... it's completely different gravy to any other car I've driven &/or owned. The 1.6 petrol engine is sweet as you like, and for its size, only £125 road tax a year. The whole car feels factory fresh, it all feels so slick and precise in terms of its operation. Boot is good size too and its VERY quiet in terms of noise containment. I will happily take this car driving for hours and its a hoot, can handle all types of roads and conditions you throw at it! It has all the bells and whistles you could ask for. Cruise control is a real luxury to enjoy having, makes life so much easier in terms of driving, and only 300 quid for a 25yo male I think is pretty good going!

    It is by no means completely without slight bones of contention. The 5 speed gearbox is precise and slick to use but the engine is so good, why did Ford not give it a sixth gear?? The plastic door handles feel rather flimsy to use and I don't know whether other Fiesta owners have experienced this but the paint seems a bit soft and scratches/chips easily?? :-/ I also feel the wing mirrors are a bit small and stubby, Ford could have made them a bit bigger/more user friendly.

    Overall though, this car is a delight to own. It puts a smile on my face every time I drive it, and whilst I am for the new Fiesta ST in the future... I intend keeping it for a fair old while yet!

  • 1.6T 180 Ecoboost ST2 3dr

    David Wright , Derbyshire . Date: 06/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    This is the BEST small hot hatch, end of argument! All the critics agree so I feel very smug when I see mere mortals in their inferior Peugeot's and Renaults lol! The way the car handles is amazing with endless grip and no bodyroll. The heated recaro seats are just epic and the Sony audio system with DAB radio is nice. Power comes from the 180bhp (200bhp on overboost) 1.6 petrol turbo and what an engine! It sounds fantastic and propels you forward very quickly indeed. Rivals such as the Clio are slightly (and only slightly) faster in a straight line but you could fit the mountune kit and still undercut the Clio's price. So the French cars have to wave the white flag on this one!

    The power is so good that I easily out accelerated Mr 'Big Man' in his 520d when joining the A38 last week so he had to go home and eat humble pie. All done without exceeding 70mph too! Of course, utilising this power means economy will suffer (not that you buy this for economy). I have seen economy range from 40mpg when driving steady, to 30mpg when going for it. Insurance isn't cheap but when you consider all aspects, the ST is amazing value for money. This will go down in hot hatch history as a legend! Absolute classic! Mine is in race red with the style pack so it has backlit ST scuffplates, gunmetal grey alloys and red brake calipers. The keyless start is nice and the LED DRL's look great. It gets plenty of looks and rightly so! Buy the Fiesta ST and you will be the King of Kings!

Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014