Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There’s no doubting that the turbocharged 1.0-litre engine in the Fiesta is a great little motor for a car, but the needs of a commercial vehicle are different. For that reason the Fiesta Van is poorer without the diesel engine option, as the higher torque and less rev-hungry engine made moving the fully laden Fiesta easier, quieter and more economical.
In contrast, the peppy little petrol requires a great deal more use of the accelerator and you find yourself in the upper reaches of the rev-range more frequently just to keep the the power and torque in their sweet spot. Of the two power options, the more powerful 123bhp unit would be our recommendation, as the 94bhp van feels a little underwhelming. The new mHEV model makes little noticeable difference to the overall performance, but does shave 7g/km of CO2 from the 99g/km emissions of the regular 123bhp van.