All Fiestas come with seven airbags, automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist and Ford’s MyKey system – a programmable ignition key that is designed to limit the car’s top speed, mute the sound system and prevent the stability control system from being disabled. This should give you some peace of mind when you hand over the keys to your newly qualified son or daughter.
Upgrade to Titanium trim and you’ll also get traffic sign recognition and a driver alert detector, while blindspot monitoring and cross traffic alert (a system that warns you of approaching vehicles when you’re backing out of your driveway) are on the options list. It’s worth considering the optional Driver Assistance Pack – it’s pretty cheap and adds pedestrian detection to the automatic emergency braking system, along with automatic high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control.
The Fiesta was awarded five stars (out of five) for safety by Euro NCAP. It was found to be better than the rival Seat Ibiza at protecting child occupants, although was inferior at keeping adult occupants safe and protecting pedestrians.
All versions come with an engine immobiliser to deter thieves, while Zetec models and above also have a Thatcham-approved alarm.
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