Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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157 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TDCI Zetec 3dr

    Ben Nesbitt Date: 21/01/2009
    • 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

    My car

    (Zetec blue 08) The fiesta drives much better than the Corsa, Grande Punto, ibiza, polo, Micra, Peugeot, and Clio. Visibility is very good indeed, this was a major problem with the “New” Corsa 3dr.

    It is very very well equipped. The blue interior, which is very pleasant and easy to keep clean. The trim on the doors is a tough plastic and looks outdated; there is a pull handle, which feels cheap. The tyres fitted were low profile Pirelli p zero's that do look good and grip well, however they are not the most robust of tyres and are expensive to replace.

    The 1.4 TDCI engine is actually very good fun, due in part to it's lightweight construction, It was a lot better than the 1.4 petrol on the test drive. The controls are spot on, the gearbox is actually is pleasant to use, the steering is precise, the automatic lights are very handy, however the auto wipers are not as simple as those on the Focus, this is not a problem for myself, however I am not the only driver in the car, however normal operation is simple.

    I would recommend this car. It looks sporty without drawing unwanted attention of police. Friends are always saying how nice it looks, how well it is kitted out, and how quick it is for a 1.4 diesel supermini. It finds favor with different people because of its looks, technology, and even fuel consumption. P.s. ask about the dimondbrite treatment, I would recommend it.

  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    steve plenderleith Date: 11/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I bought this the new Fiesta 1.4 CDTi 08 not because it looks nice but because the mpg figures said it would do 80mpg extra urban. As I am trawling up the motorway to Birmingham each week, that made it economical to trade in a 6yr old megane which was getting 44mpg.

    For the first 4000miles the fiesta managed 53mpg at its very best. It has now crawled up to 56mpg with just me and minimal luggage so still 30% short of advertised.

    Are the car companies all just making up figures for their fuel consumption adverts or is it just Ford. Their customer relations dept. did suggest that Fule Consumption was worked out using rollers and hence didn't take wind resistance into account. Great I will remember that the next time I plan to drive on the moon.

    Other than the mpg, it's a lovely car, feels great, drives well........ but that's not the point. Oh and the windscrren wash has just packed up with the first cold snap!

  • 1.25 Finesse 3dr

    Sue Wood , Kent . Date: 10/11/2008
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I have owned the finesse from new never had any mechanical problems. Car is a bit slow pulling away and has little oomph when you need to go up hill or overtake, but then again I am in no hurry. Overall I am very pleased with the finesse.

  • 2.0 16v ST 3dr

    David Wright , Derbyshire . Date: 07/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Firstly this car is not economical, I have been pushing the car hard lately a fair bit and its doing 28mpg. It will be better driven steady but dont buy it and expect quality mpg. But unlike the review by Greg Dixon which states the car isn't fast or fun, I couldn't disagree more. I highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a fast yet comfortable hatchback. 3rd gear when taken to red line is rapid (where legal of course) and yet its comfy over speed bumps etc. Its also quiet at low revs but sounds great when driven hard. My car is a 57 reg in performance blue (best colour) and is fitted with heated full leather seats and an ingenious bluetooth handsfree system via the Sony audio system, amongst other things. The ST is a dream to drive, its Pirelli P-Zero tyres have tonnes of grip, wet or dry, the ESP in my car helps even more. If I was nitpicking I would criticise the fact that you have to reach so far back to get to the seat belt that it might as well be in the boot, the turning circle is like an oil tanker because of the sports suspension (thank god i have parking sensors), and the car tramlines a bit on poor road surfaces. Overall though if you love driving save your pennies and if you calculate that you can afford the fuel and insurance bills, buy this and not the Zetec-S. The Zetec-S is a superb car and easier to live with every day both in petrol and diesel form, but this is the DADDY!.....Reliable too!

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