Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta review

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Ford Fiesta hatchback driving position

You sit higher up than in many rivals. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it won’t appeal to all tastes. Active models have a ride height that's 18mm higher, but while it is noticeable it’s a subtle difference.

Otherwise, the Fiesta’s driving position is tough to knock; the seat holds you securely in place through corners while remaining comfortable on long distances.

Go for ST-Line X trim or higher and you’ll even get adjustable lumbar support – a rare but important feature in this class. Happily, it’s a cheap option on Style and Zetec models.

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Meanwhile, the controls for the air conditioning (which becomes automatic climate control when you upgrade to ST-Line X trim) are logical and clearly marked, although the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel are a bit fiddly.

Ford Fiesta hatchback visibility

The Fiesta’s funky shape does compromise visibility slightly, with relatively small rear side windows hampering your over-the-shoulder view. Mind you, the high driving position gives a good view of the road ahead and the view out of junctions isn’t too restricted.

A heated windscreen that can de-ice frost in moments is a major boon in winter and is standard on all trims apart from entry-level Style. Rear parking sensors are standard on Vignale trim and a reasonably priced option on others, while a reversing camera is fitted to Titanium X and Vignale cars (optional on everything but Style).

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Ford Fiesta hatchback infotainment

The 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav on Titanium models and above is bright and relatively simple to use, even if it isn’t as intuitive or quick to respond as the one in the Seat Ibiza or VW Polo. Our main complaint is that there are no physical shortcut buttons, to make it easier to hop between functions.

Big-selling Zetec and ST-Line trims make do with a 6.5in touchscreen that doesn’t have built-in sat-nav, although upgrading to the larger screen won’t break the bank. Meanwhile, all trims apart from entry-level Style have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to tether your phone and control selected apps through the car’s touchscreen, including navigation.

As for Style trim, you get an AM/FM radio with a 4.2in screen and Bluetooth. You also get a device dock that holds your smartphone if you want to use it as a sat-nav, for instance. It’s worth upgrading to Zetec, though.

The upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system is seriously punchy, if a little flat in the mid-range. It's still well worth considering if you love music, though, and comes as standard on B&O editions and selected other upper trims. If you still use CDs, a glovebox-mounted CD player is optional on all Fiestas.

Ford Fiesta hatchback build quality

The bits you touch regularly – the steering wheel, gearknob and indicator stalks – feel fairly upmarket by the standards of the class, and the Fiesta even has soft-touch plastic on parts of its dashboard. You won’t find any of that in an Ibiza or a Skoda Fabia.

Mind you, the Fiesta’s interior doesn’t feel quite as solidly screwed together as the Ibiza’s or Polo's. You’ll also notice some unappealingly textured plastics lower down on the Fiesta’s dashboard.

 

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Style
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Zetec
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Zetec B+O Play
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ST-Line
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Titanium
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Active 1
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Titanium B+O Play
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Titanium X
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ST-Line X
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Active B+O Play
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ST-1
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Active X
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ST-2
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ST-3
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