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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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155 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v Ghia 3dr

    mark caldwell , lanarkshire . Date: 16/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My wife is actually the owner of this car, I use a 1.25 Finesse. My wife bought this car new with an optional leather interior and l6" alloys.

    Compared to the 1.25, the 1.4 has only slightly more power but seems more noisy with it. It seems to cope better at motorway speeds but can struggle on hills.

    The car is quite well equiped, I especially like the heated front windscreen, which is great during the winter months. Road holding is very good.

    Boot space is only slightly smaller than the focus. The interior space is good also. Again, the main complaint is with the design and quality of the dashboard. As stated in the previous review, the 1.25 has been totally reliable, however this car has been the opposite.

    On picking up the car it suffered from lazy electric wing mirrors and a handbrake, which had no reserve travel.

    These were fixed under warrenty. Since then, the car has been back to the dealer twice. First was due to the engine management light staying on, a creaking clutch pedal and drivers seat and an intermittent fault with the instrument panel, which would occasionally not show any speed or other readings.

    The second time was due to a recurrance of the engine management light coming on and the creaking clutch pedal. I find it hard to believe that we have a Fiesta with absolutely no problems, which is a great little car and this one which has one fault after another.

  • 1.25 Finesse 3dr

    mark caldwell , lanarkshire . Date: 16/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In the past I have owned two Ford Focuses, the last being a ST170. However, I got sick of the high fuel costs and running costs and decided to go on an economy drive and bought the Fiesta.

    Basically you get what you pay for. If you want cheap motoring, then this is ideal.

    I have owned the car for six months and it has been totally reliable, with no faults at all. Like all currnet Fords, it handles very well. Spec is a bit poor but it is good to have a CD player as standard.

    I also like the twin airbags, power steering and ABS brakes.

    My only real dislike is the dashboard design, which I think is a bit bland and does not seem to have the same quality as other current Fords.

    The 1.25 engine is capable in town and is able to handle motorways, as long as you don't want to greatly exceed the speed limit. With the arrival of the ST 150, I am being tempted to change back to a hot hatch.

  • 1.4 16v Zetec 3dr

    CRAIG ARCHER , TYNE AND WEAR . Date: 15/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the Flame model that is based on, the Zetec, but with useful added equipment such as air-con, remote central locking and alarm and black paint as standard.

    Generally the car has been very good. It drives much better after the 10,000-mile mark when everything frees up and is much more nimble.

    The fuel efficiency could be better and it doesn't feel as quick off the mark as my old-shape model which had the 1.25 engine.

    Dealer services are average.

    I think after two Fiestas I won't be buying another as the car is very bland and I'm not very impressed with dealers.

  • 1.4 TDCi LX 5dr

    Kirsty Halliday Date: 10/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car new two years ago and I love it. I had a few problems last winter: namely that when it was cold, the engine cut out and started flashing cpu error. This was worrying, because the brakes and power steering cut off too!! Ford, though, was great at sorting it out and so far it hasn't happened this winter!!! Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that the fuel economy has gone downhill. I used to get around 5-600 miles per tank and now Im just getting over 400. Otherwise, it has everything I need. It is quite a sturdy car and handles well, while the heated windscreen is good. I find it good on the motorway, and it always seems to have plenty of power. I do have problems reversing, though. Visibility is poor compared to some cars, and there are a few too many blind spots for me.

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