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Overall reader 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

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58 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.25i 82 Zetec 5dr

    Paul Beever , Cheshire . Date: 10/11/2011
    • 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
      52

    My car

    I recently bought a new Fiesta 1.25 82 Zetec 5dr and am really pleased with it, more so than I expected, having previously owned an old and expensive to run Merc. It looks great and has a really good build quality and feel for a car in this class and price range and has lots of really useful features, such as the heated windscreen and rear window and the cabin heats up really quickly on cold mornings. Having bought this car predominantly for practical and efficiency purposes I have been pleasantly surprised but I always look forward to driving it as it feels really solid and handles well. The petrol engine is great, really smooth and very quiet and the gear change is one of the smoothest I have experienced in any car. I have also been very impressed with the fuel economy too. Mine has the green arrow that tells you when to change up and this really works as I am getting 51/52 mpg consistently for a commute that combines a good mix of A roads, motorway and bypass in equal measures. I have found that by far the greatest factor that has led to this good mpg figure is driving style, anticipating hazards well ahead, thus avoiding unnecessary acceleration followed by unnecessary breaking and anticipating light changes, rolling up to red lights/roundabouts etc instead of lots of breaking to reduce speed. This also makes the journey much less stressful too. For a car in this class it really is great all round, and as I've found just as efficient as the official figures.

  • 1.25i 82 Zetec 3dr

    Mark MarkH , . Date: 19/09/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    What a brilliant little car! Great fun to drive the steering is brilliantly weighted at all speeds, the gear change is perfect, it has a very light clutch, is very grippy, has perfect suspension which absorbs bumps well but isn't too soft, it goes well on the motorway, you can put it in fifth at 30mph which helps with fuel economy and it has a decent turn of speed when required.

    I love the funky interior with all controls being easy to use and have a feel of quality to them. Mine has the extra Bluetooth kit which includes a USB socket which I plug a USB stick into with all of my music collection on - the Fiesta shows track information on its display. You can also use Bluetooth for audio which I've done with my mobile phone and iPod Touch to use Spotify in the car.

    The only disappointment so far is MPG - I'm only managing to average 38MPG which is lower than I expected but I only really do short journeys so to be expected I suppose.

  • 1.25i 82 Style 5dr

    Ewan Wallace , Argyll . Date: 10/09/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Very disappointed after some of the reviews this car has had. It needs worked very hard to make decent progress and when it is worked hard it is far from smooth. The gearbox is also very vague and not nice to use. The only positive part of the driving experience is the steering which is quite good and makes it fun to throw in to corners however it doesn't have bags of grip so you can't properly throw it in to corners. Inside I am impressed that I can get comfortable, I am very tall and often struggle. However the rest of the cabin disappoints. Aside from the funky design of the stereo the materials all feel nasty and cheap, controls and switches feel cheap to use, especially the ventilation controls. It isn't the most spacious either, not bad but not outstanding. Another niggle is the weak lights and large A pillars which make roundabouts awkward. I would struggle to recommend this car to anyone

  • 1.25i 82 Studio 3dr

    Frederick Fiesta , . Date: 11/05/2011
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I just bought this Fiesta to replace a 13-year-old Fiesta Encore (1.3 Endura-E Petrol).

    What I like about the new car: - Very quiet, spacious, comfortable and luxurious inside, compared to my old car anyway. - If you're prepared to rev the engine above 3000rpm, the car feels really quite powerful and fast. - The boot is surprisingly large. - Because the base of the windscreen is so far forward, it's possible to carry objects as long as 2.7m inside the car (eg. bits of timber). - Lots of gadgets that I hope I will never use: ABS, ASP, several airbags. - People tell me it looks nice. - Steering is light at low speeds. - Steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls. - Surprising amount of empty space under the bonnet, which should make servicing easier. - The heater starts providing warm air very soon after the engine has been started.

    What I don't like so much: - After 1000 miles, I'm only averaging 47mpg. I averaged 49mpg in my previous 13-year-old 1.3 petrol Fiesta. Maybe the fuel consumption will improve over time. - It has less low-end torque than my old car. - The steering is a bit vague at motorway speeds, compared to my old car which did not have power steering. - Reversing is made more difficult by the small rear windows.

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