In this section:
- Driving position and dashboard
- Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All Fiestas come with a height-adjustable driver's seat, and in its lowest setting, you sit higher up than you do in many other small cars. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but some may prefer a lower-slung driving position. Active models have a ride height that's 18mm higher, but you don't really notice the difference.
Height aside, the driving position is tough to knock. The seat holds you securely in place through corners while remaining comfortable over long distances. Our only gripe is that you can’t have adjustable lumbar support (unless you go for the Ford Fiesta ST).
The standard heated windscreen, which can defrost itself in moments, is a major boon in winter. Rear parking sensors are also standard on all trims apart from entry-level Trend (where they're optional), and you can add front sensors and a rear-view camera to most models.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Fiesta's 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system is relatively simple to use, although not quite as intuitive or quick to respond as the systems in the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring come as standard across the range, meaning you beam certain phone apps (such as Google Maps and Waze) to the touchscreen. For that reason, we wouldn't bother paying extra for the optional built-in sat-nav.