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Ford Fiesta review

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Ford Fiesta
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27 Jun 2017 08:47 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 12:06

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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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There are 14 trims available for the Fiesta hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Style
Entry-level Style trim is best avoided; you have to make do with steel wheels and the standard infotainment system is decidedly basic, although you do at least get air-con...View trim
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Zetec
Zetec is one rung up the ladder from entry-level Style and brings alloy wheels, a heated windscreen, front fog lights, a smarter-looking interior and a much more advanced infotainment package. Neve...View trim
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Zetec B+O Play
Based on our favourite Zetec trim, but adds sat-nav and a punchy Bang & Olufsen sound system. Worth a look if you love your music, but only available in two paint colours – mint green or a pinky or...View trim
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ST-Line
Want something a bit sportier? ST-Line trim is probably for you because it brings 17in alloy wheels, stiffer sports suspension, figure-hugging seats and various sporty styling touches, including a...View trim
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Titanium
Titanium trim is worth a look, adding cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, keyless start, automatic lights and wipers and sat-nav to everything you get on Zetec. It is quite pricey, though...View trim
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Titanium B+O Play
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Active 1
Based on Zetec trim, Active 1 gets LED lights, 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, lane-keep assist and Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system. If you want an Active model, this is th...View trim
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Titanium X
A bit too pricey to recommend. Titanium X is well equipped, with keyless entry, part-leather seats and a punchy B&O stereo fitted as standard, but cheaper versions of the Fiesta make more financial...View trim
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ST-Line X
Based on ST-Line trim but adds loads more kit, including sat-nav, climate control, power-folding door mirrors and part-leather seats. We'd stick with regular ST-Line, though – it's quite a bit chea...View trim
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Active B+O Play
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ST-1
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Active X
Active X is the range-topping Active model and gets a part-leather interior with heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors with puddle lights, sat-nav, a rear-view camera and rear parki...View trim
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ST-2
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