What Car? says...
The Ford Fiesta has a well-deserved reputation for being the small car that will put the biggest smile on your face when you drive it. And that's not the only reason it's been such a big seller for so long.
It certainly helps that Ford makes versions of the Fiesta to suit most tastes. You can have a (relatively) cheap one that looks like butter wouldn’t melt, a sportier-looking ST-Line model that mimics the near-200bhp Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch, or opt for a touch of luxury with a Vignale version of each.
So, does the Ford Fiesta have the talents to compete with the best small cars when it comes to performance, practicality and running costs? And which engines and trims make the most sense?
We’ll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages of this review. If you're looking a vehicle for work, we also have a full Ford Fiesta Van review.
The Fiesta came last of all the small cars rated in our 2021 Reliability Survey. What’s more, Ford came 27th overall out of 30 manufacturers. Read more here
The Fiesta is a very good car. Highlights are that it is superb to drive, smart inside and comes with plenty of standard kit. There’s also numerous trim levels to choose from. Read our full verdict here
We reckon the Fiesta’s best engine option is the 1.0-litre Ecoboost 100. It has 99bhp, pulls from low revs and has plenty of pace while remaining economical. We recommend pairing it with the Titanium trim. Read more here
We class the Fiesta as a small car and the larger Focus as a family car. While both can seat five and carry luggage, the Focus is both longer and wider than the Fiesta, meaning it is more spacious for passengers and has more boot space. Read more here
The Fiesta has a full five-star safety rating from testing experts Euro NCAP, but automatic emergency braking (AEB), which we consider an essential safety feature, doesn’t come as standard. It does get seven airbags, though. Read more here
The Fiesta’s boot has a relatively small entrance but is deep, meaning it can take five carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf. If you drop the rear seats to extend the boot, there’s an annoying step in the floor. Read more here
|RRP price range||£18,655 - £26,645|
|Number of trims (see all)||9|
|Number of engines (see all)||4|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||42.2 - 56.5|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,031 / £1,768|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,062 / £3,537|