Ford Fiesta review

Category: Small car

Section: Accessibility & Motability

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In this section:
  • Motability - Access
  • Motability - Storage
  • Motability - Ease of use and options

Accessibility & Motability

Usability for people with disability or their carers

Motability - Access

The Ford Fiesta’s front doors open to 63 degrees, making for a relatively narrow opening compared with the Vauxhall Corsa's generous 71 degree openings.

At its lowest height, the driver's seat is 560mm from the ground – broadly on a par with most small cars. That height can be increased to 610mm; that’s a healthy range of adjustment, perching you higher than in most small hatches. The Fiesta's door sill is also just 97mm higher than the car’s floor; that's a lot lower than is typical of a small car and means there isn’t a high step to negotiate when getting out.

If you need to travel with a wheelchair in the boot, a folded chair should fit even with the rear seats in use. However, there won't be room for an unfolded chair even with the back seats folded down. The height of the boot sill is fairly typical for small hatchbacks, as is the drop from the sill to the boot floor. That means lifting something heavy in and out, such as a folded wheelchair, will be no more of a strain than with rivals.

The rear seats split 60/40 on all models, providing added flexibility if you need lots of space for luggage while still having room for a rear-seat passenger. However, there's a step to the floor when the back seats are folded and Ford doesn't offer a height-adjustable boot floor to iron that out.

Motability - Ease of use and options

Most of the engines in the Fiesta range are available only with a six-speed manual gearbox. If you need an automatic then you'll have to choose the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid. It's a shame that there's not a broader choice of engines with an auto 'box, but the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is willing and economical. It offers strong performance for such a small petrol engine.

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