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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.
  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec-S 3dr

    John Chambers Date: 23/07/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    There are cars that do things better than the Zetec-S. Some will be more economical, some have better roadholding, some be more economical. But when it comes to getting the best of all worlds, the Zetec S has to come out top. It's a joy to drive - a real drivers car, and puts a smile on your face, so responsive. Other cars just feel stodgy after driving this. You can be a hooligan, and still get 55mpg. Build quality is Ok, servicing and parts are cheap. The cabin is better since the upgrade, but still isn't great, but do you buy a car to sit in and admire, or drive? It's no worse than an Ibiza. The engine is a gem - it growls away in an unobtrusive way, letting you know it's getting on with the job. Turbo lag is near non-existent, with a very progressive power delivery. And the seats are spot on. Complaints? the 110HP 1.6 engine would be nice, as would a 6th gear. Otherwise, this car is just fantastic.

  • 1.4 16v Flame 3dr

    Jon Roberts Date: 20/07/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    I've just traded in my 3 and a half year old Flame for a 1.4 TDCi Zetec Climate. I've done just over 51,000 miles in it from new, and it's still returning 41 mpg on my 40 mile return motorway/A road commute, combined with a 40 mile working day, doing visits around the city centre and the Gower. I normally keep my work car for around 2 years but this one has proved it's worth.

    Great to drive, this is my 4th Fiesta (and 8th Ford) following on from a Polo and a long line of Vauxhalls (Astras and Novas). Build quality was good and even after 51k there are no knocks or rattles.

    Servicing has brought no shocks and a new water pump at 15 months has been the only mechanical failure during the time I've had it. Air con needed re-pressurising about 2 months ago, and although my particular car was not subject to a recall, I suffered the 'Clutch Pedal link' problem about 6 weeks ago. This was solved in 5 mins with a cable tie, a visit to the dealer got me a 30pence clip, designed especially for the recall work and off I went again.

    I've always thought that the equipment level on the Flame was reasonable, but thought that 'one shot' electric windows and auto aircon, an external temp reading and a trip computer were needed.

    Tried several comparable cars from other manufacturers, VW, Vauxhall, Nissan, Fiat, Seat and Mercedes when I decided to change but the discounts available at the moment on the Fiesta are so big I found it hard to choose other than another Fiesta.

  • 1.6 16V Zetec-S 3dr

    saab buckle , staffordshire . Date: 19/07/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I have had two fiesta zetec s just swapped it for a brand new one managed to get the car with Technology pack, bluetooth, heated front screen, full leather and Tinted windows for 10,150 (what a bargain) and i'll tell you what it has never missed a beat, driving through wales it sticks to the road like glue and can easily keep up more powerfull cars.

    I would recommend this car to anyone i test drove the ST fiesta but found it was to much weight in the front and understeers due to the big lumb in the bonnet.

    Don't believe the figures stated in here for 0-60 and top end, i topped out at 135mph on the m6 toll.

  • 1.6 16v Ghia 5dr

    Chris Ainsworth , Cheshire . Date: 06/07/2008
    • 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Scalding hot hatch! Our 57-plate Fiesta has done less than 600 miles since new. Why? Because scalding hot air comes out of the front footwell vents directly onto the foot and ankle of driver and passenger so we don't want to drive it. Ford has measured the temperature at 31C. Your ankle and foot, especially on the automatic when you use the left footrest, are constantly in direct line of this heat, absorbing it.

    The airflow is not part of the temperature control system and cannot be turned down or turned off. On a hot day when you want maximum cold air in the car, you are getting 31C in the footwell like it or not. This also reduces the effectiveness of the air con, which increases running costs and carbon output. Ford says this is a known feature of the Fiesta. How can such a leading manufacturer design and complacently accept such a basic flaw in the 21st century? Has anyone else had this problem?

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