Ford Fiesta Van review

Category: Small Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s undisputed best-selling car, but in van form its star has waned in recent years.  Once a staple of the telecoms industry, the boiler repair man and the local florist, the Fiesta Van was usurped by larger rivals to the point that, in 2018, it very nearly petered out of existence.

Ironically, Ford’s own Transit Courier is probably the Fiesta Van’s biggest problem, as it is a far more accomplished commercial vehicle, with better loadspace and payload capacities. The Fiesta, in contrast, is really a glorified car-without-seats.

However, no sooner had Ford declared it was going to end production of the Fiesta Van than Vauxhall did the same, with the Corsavan. Suddenly, with the market open to itself, Ford did a U-turn and launched a new model in 2018. Today, the Transit Courier and Renault Zoe Van are its only real rivals.

Available as the Fiesta Van or the Fiesta Sport Van, the line-up is a binary choice, and made even more straightforward because 90% of buyers opt to disregard the regular Fiesta Van and choose the Sport, primarily for its ST-Line body kit looks and grippy sports seats.

Power comes from a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, with the older 1.5-litre Duratorq petrol engine having now been dropped. The 1.0-litre  is another variant of the excellent three-cylinder EcoBoost engine found in the car line-up, and more recently has been joined by a mHEV model. This mild hybrid model adds a low capacity battery to the powertrain to improve economy by shutting down the engine sooner and firing it back to life quicker when you stop. However, don’t expect huge economy gains: think of it as an advanced stop-start system rather than a juicy burst of electricity.

Regular models are available with either a 94bhp output or 123bhp option, while the mHEV version is only available with 123bhp.

The Fiesta Van can transport up to 1m3 in its rear loadspace and has a payload capacity of 515kg.

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