Ford Fiesta Van review

Category: Small Van

Section: Performance & drive

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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.

The need to keep the little three-cylinder engine running fast does add to a sense of fun behind the wheel, though; bad news for the fuel consumption, but great for your entertainment and boosted by the fact that the Fiesta is one of the finest riding and handling vans available, thanks in large part to its road car roots.

The steering is nimble and perfectly balanced, while the ride is the perfectly balanced between being firm enough to control the body under load but soft enough to remain on the right side of comfortable. However, be aware that the Sport Van gets upgraded suspension, which can feel a touch bouncy if it is unladen. 

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