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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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157 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 2.0 16v ST 3dr

    Greg Dixon Date: 05/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34.2

    My car

    This car was supposed to save me a little bit of money and be fun, but it has been neither. It is not fast and not even nippy. I used to have a Copper S that was brilliant and did more MPG than this car.

    Recently the CV joint went and Ford claimed my 3 year warrenty was void because I had bought the car second hand from a non ford dealer. In 8 months of owning this car it has cost me £500 in repairs, and £200 in tyres, Ford accused me of being a boy racer which I am not and backed it up by showing them I have averaged 34.2 MPG over the past 3 months, a figure most people will find hard to achieve.

    Ford have been the worst dealerships I have ever dealt with, and the car is just a waste of money. Save yourself the trouble and buy a 5 year old Cooper S and enjoy yourself!

  • 1.6 16v Zetec-S 3dr

    Julian Caston , Cambridgeshire . Date: 02/08/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    I bought the car brand new over the internet& specified full leather seats,sunroof&CD multichanger & saved over 3grand.In 3 years its been reliable apart from a burst coolant hose(replaced under warranty).As a tradeplate driver I've driven the vast majority of cars & I rate my Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S as one of the best handling cars on the road regardless of class.The 1.6 duratec is punchy to add to the driving pleasure but it could do with a 6th gear as even in top it feels slightly undergeared as the engine is so torquey.The only real complaint I've got is that there's nowhere to rest your clutch foot bt on the up side the gearchange is the best bar none.Would I reccomend this car? You bet I would as I consider it the best allround supermini.I look forward to It's replacement in the hope it's as good as the current model.

  • 1.4 16v Ghia 5dr

    Adam Cousins Date: 28/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      33

    My car

    I have owned this car for almost a year when I part exchanged my Rover 25.

    I bought the Ghia because I wanted some of the toys on there for example, Remote central locking with alarm, Quickclear Heated front Screen, Electric Heated Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player and Air Conditioning to mention a few.

    The car is very roomy, I'm 6'3 and my friend who is 5'7 can fit behind me with bags of space still, you can easily sit 4 people in the car with comfort. On the motorway there is a bit of wind noise and the bigger the aloys you have (Mine are 15" 5 spoke) the more road noise you tend to notice. I haven't suffered really any problems with this car, it does clunk over bumps quite a bit which can be a pain but it is very comfortable on the motorway and the 5 speed manual gearbox is crisp and feels nice when changing gear and the 1.4 engine isn't out of its depths on the motorway either.

    Personally I would recommend the 1.25 engine over the 1.4 as it only has 4bhp less. The only big niggle I have about this car is fuel consumption, I find myself getting around 32mpg around town and thats changing gear at 2-2500 revs as recommended.

    The car is very good and would recommend it to others, it falls into a relatively low insurance group, parts are easily available being a ford and it has quite a fun ride, if you can afford it, try get a 2006 on wards model when it was face lifted and has a nicer interior.

  • 1.4 16v Zetec 5dr

    andy hawkins , dorset . Date: 26/07/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I've now owned an 05 plate for nearly a yr, and must say its a brilliant car for its class..quicker than my 1.6 escort ever was.. I've had no problems whatso ever, its due a service soon, but feels like it doesnt need one, and the oil is still clear after 6000 miles!

    A good honest Ford engine with cheap parts if their ever needed, its a little noisy, but i like to hear a little grunt on acceleration, and its fine on open road getting easily 40 plus mpg even in town.

    I have low profile tyres and i dont think they are going to last long even though I'm a careful driver, it maybe due to the car sticking to corners like glue on its hard suspention, like your on rails handling is second to non, loads of space for everything, like a tardis when the seats are down.

    The cabin is a little cheap looking but seeing my dad's Micra looks worse, and its solid built too, with a brilliant sound from cd and radio, nice easy controls all round.

    Solid, honest, cheap to run, dependable, just pity it didn't have a bit more refinement found in a Focus.

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