Ford Fiesta review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Fiesta 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 rear cornering
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior dashboard
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior rear seats
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 right tracking
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 left static boot open
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 headlight detail
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 boot open
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 rear cornering
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior dashboard
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior rear seats
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 right tracking
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 left static boot open
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 headlight detail
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Fiesta 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you're hoping the Ford Fiesta is a budget option, you’ll be mildly disappointed. Compared with the Skoda Fabia and some other small cars, it’s actually quite pricey. Discounts are reasonable, though (visit our New Car Deals pages to see how much you could save). The Fiesta is also predicted to hold on to its value better against depreciation than many of its cheaper rivals.

If you’re buying on PCP finance, as many small car buyers choose to, the Fiesta will usually cost you more each month than the Fabia and Volkswagen Polo on the same terms. 

Ford Fiesta 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Fiesta did badly in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey – ending up at the bottom of the small cars table. Ford didn’t fare much better, claiming joint 27th place (with Nissan) out of the 30 brands included. That was below Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen. 

The Fiesta’s standard warranty lasts for three years or 60,000 miles. That's broadly in line with the class average, but some way short of the five-year, unlimited mileage cover offered on the Hyundai i20 or the seven-year/100,000-mile cover on the Kia Rio.

Overview

The Ford Fiesta is superb to drive, smart inside and well equipped, plus it offers a broad range of trim levels – from the affordable Trend to the SUV-inspired Active – to cater for many tastes and budgets. It’s one of the very best small cars you can buy, but it can prove quite pricey in higher trims and the rival Volkswagen Polo just has the edge for ride comfort, safety and rear-seat space.

  • Brilliant to drive
  • Punchy Ecoboost engines, especially the Hybrid versions
  • Good fuel economy and CO2 emissions
  • Some rivals are better value
  • Decent but not class-leading practicality
  • Important safety kit not standard
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