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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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156 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v Zetec 3dr

    Susanna Legg , Oxfordshire . Date: 19/11/2004
    • 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

    This is my first car, I bought it 3 months ago when it was a year old and had done under 8000 miles, and got a really good value car. I wanted something with a bit more oomph than a 1.2, and the 1.4 in my Zetec suits me perfectly. It is really nimble in town; turning circle is really small and handy for parking. However, it also feels safe and solid on dual carriageways and isn't that noisy either. I have got A/C on mine as an extra, and it's very efficient at clearing windscreens. I have had it serviced and didn't think the cost was unreasonable. It seems fairly economic on the fuel front (although my father's diesel Octavia beats it hands down at 60mpg!). The insurance group is low enough to make it a realistic prospect for a new young driver. It's a nicer looking car in the 3-dr than the 5-dr, and the extra body kit you get on the Zetec really improves its looks. Inside its a little plasticky, but I didn't expect Ferrari style for Ford money! Everything works well which is more important really. Above all, it's got a solid feel to it and is easy to drive.

  • 1.4 16v Zetec 3dr

    c durand Date: 13/11/2004
    • 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

    This is a fantastic car for the money, and it is also a very grown up car, and still fun to drive (plus it shifts).

  • 1.4 16v Ghia 3dr

    david revie Date: 13/11/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car handles well and is smart in appearance but there its good points end.

    The noise levels in this car, ie wind noise, transmission noise and road noise, are horrendous.

    The car has been in many times to dealers to remedy noise from power steering when idling. They apparently do not know how to cure the fault and now inform me that this level of noise is normal!

    To conclude, I would not recommend this car to anyone. Ford apparently does not know the meaning of sound insulation. The only optional extra I would recommend for this car is ear defenders! And I cannot wait to change it for another car (obviously not a Ford!).

  • 1.4 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    Geoff Hill , Surrey . Date: 01/11/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A few niggles. The clutch always feels as if it's about to go, with the take-up being at the top of its travel. The lights are very good, having had the previous model.

    I drive a few big cars for a living and this feels no different. Having read the text, I don't find the ride hard, the car is very positive and accurate when pressed hard. The only critism I have is with the after-sales service. Indifferent is the word I would use.

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