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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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Space & practicality

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Ford Fiesta hatchback front space

Despite its steeply sloping windscreen and a slightly lofty driving position, the Fiesta has plenty of head room for those sitting in the front. That said, we’d resist the temptation to add the optional panoramic glass roof if you’re really tall, which reduces head room noticeably. Leg room is also good and there’s enough elbow space for two broad adults to sit comfortably.

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There’s a reasonable amount of oddment space, including an area ahead of the gearlever that’s just about big enough for a smartphone. Meanwhile, the door pockets can accommodate a small drinks bottle, plus there are a pair of cupholders conveniently positioned between the seats.

Ford Fiesta hatchback rear space

This is not the Fiesta’s strongest suit. A couple of six-footers will fit, and the leg room on offer is similar to that offered by a Polo, but not on a par with the Ibiza. However, head room is not as generous as its rivals (especially with the panoramic roof fitted) and the rear seat is quite narrow by class standards, so you'll struggle to fit three adults abreast as easily as you might in the roomiest competition.

A third rear passenger won’t relish a long journey due to limited space for their head and feet. The Fiesta is also quite narrow across the rear-seat area compared with the biggest cars in this class.

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Ford Fiesta hatchback seating flexibility

Ford hasn’t given the Fiesta any special seating tricks to make its interior more versatile. All models get a simple fixed rear seatbase and a backrest that splits 60/40 and folds down, but that’s the bare minimum we’d expect in this class.

Some rivals offer more: the Honda Jazz, for example, has cinema-style rear seats (the bases can be flipped up), while the rear seatbacks in the Mini 5dr can be reclined.

Front passenger seat height adjustment and lumbar support is standard on Titanium X, ST-Line X and Vignale trims, and optional others.

Ford Fiesta hatchback boot space

Need a big boot? Well, we fitted five carry-on suitcases in the back of the Fiesta, which isn't at all bad. That said, you will find more space available in the boot of the Seat Ibiza or Honda Jazz.

Dropping the rear backrests leaves an annoying step in the floor of the Fiesta’s extended load bay, although the optional height-adjustable boot floor irons this out in its highest setting and also reduces the otherwise big lip at the boot entrance. It’s a similar story in rivals such as the Ibiza.

 

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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
Based on Titanium trim, but adds a punchy Bang & Olufsen sound system. Only worth a look if you really love your music and only available in two paint colours – mint green or a pinky orange...View trim
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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
Gets the same equipment as Active 1 but – as you’d guess – benefits from an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system...View trim
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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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ST-3
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