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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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57 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 1.6 TDCi 95 Titanium Econetic 5dr

    Tom Bousfield , Essex . Date: 04/08/2014
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      68

    My car

    My partner had the Econetic varient of the Fiesta (2012 model) for 6 months as a company car, and it was fantastic. Do not be fooled - it might be a small car (a city car?) but we found this car great on the motorway! We had to drive to a wedding in Edinburgh and between us we both enjoyed the drive (considering my lady doesn't like motorway driving!). I will say that the car is expensive to buy new, and the diesels do also seem expensive second hand (I actually thought about upgrading my own car to one of these when she let it go), but it is worth it. Such a lovely car - especially if you are looking for something long term. Fits 4 adults in comfort, and boot is a reasonable size. Actually preferred this car to the larger Focus - found it more practical and more comfortable. It's very refined. The only thing I hate about the car is the interior - the dash is a bit too in-your-face for my liking (I much prefer German conservative styling, like in the Polo/Golf, etc).

  • 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S S/S 3dr

    paul morris Date: 25/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Rattle, squeak, rattle thats what my Fiesta (2013 63 plate, zetec s) does from A pillar to C pillar and the tail gate rattles as well, suspension has started squeaking now, be careful of the piano black plastic it looks nice but boy does that scratch easily even though I'm careful with it, engine's not bad for what it is but its not perfect and I'm sure mine's only got 100ps instead of 125ps, handles ok but the tyres are rubbish in the wet ( Continentals ) all the gadgets seem to work ok and fuel economy is good ( avg 57 mpg) not sure why i bought this car, should've bought something from the VAG group, better build i'm sure. still its cheap to insure, zero road tax and mine does appear to be good on fuel. just wished Ford could build a car that didn't rattle or squeak, oh well i guess its back to the dealers to see if they can be bothered to do anything to stop the rattles for the umpteenth time instead of putting their muddy boots everywhere.

  • 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec S/S 3dr

    Mike Hayden , South Yorkshire . Date: 06/05/2014
    • 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
      48

    My car

    A truly remarkable car, which I ordered with a few options to add to the Titanium trim spec., such as leather seats (heated front), and a city pack with reversing sensors. For the size the 1-litre, 3-cylinder engine is one of the sweetest little cars I have ever driven. (My current job is as an 'Executive Driver', delivering cars across the whole of the UK). No other small car comes close for offering a pleasing driving experience.

    It is quiet and refined with a surprising turn of pace, with a 'thrum' under acceleration that makes it sound a little sporty. Some like it, some do not, but for me it is more than acceptable in view of the car experience overall.

    After driving several of the new style Fiesta, the leather seats also make all the difference too. They offer a lot more comfort and support, especially on longer journeys, and for anyone looking at buying such a car, they should give serious consideration to this option.

    My average is around the 48mpg mark for mixed driving, but on a run between Doncaster and Lincoln on the roads via Gainsborough, the trip showed 68mpg for the single journey, which few I think would complain about.

    Thoroughly recommended.

  • 1.6 105 Zetec Powershift 5dr

    Fiesta Owner , . Date: 02/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I've owned this car from new and it's done about 16000 miles. The best thing about this car is the steering - it's good for twisty roads and for cruising on the motorway. However the engine is a bit of a let down. It's obviously tuned for economy, not performance, and there is hardly any torque at low revs. If you attempt to overtake a car above 40mph then the gearbox will drop down (not too quickly) from 6th to 4th meaning lots of high revs (4-5000 rpm). The car is fine for around town and the pulls away very eagerly from a stop (great for busy roundabouts). None of the hesitation I experienced when I tried the VW Polo DSG.

    If you're used to a car with a small turbo engine with lots of low down pull, then you'll be disappointed with the engine. I've had problems out accelerating some lorries unless I really push the gas pedal down.

    The ride quality is very good for a small car and its not too firm. The interior quality is good although there's a few niggles. The DAB radio is poor - it takes ages to skip from one station to another. The lumbar support on the driver seat is horrible - it feels like a cheap piece of plastic sticking through the seat material. On the plus side, the car heats up quickly from cold and the heated front windscreen works well.

    Average MPG is 45 although I do a 40 mile round trip to work averaging 60-75 mpg with hardly any stopping.

    The Fiesta is a great car but avoid the 1.6 engine/auto combination.

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