Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta review

Space & practicality
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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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ST-Line
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Titanium
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Active 1
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ST-Line X
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Active B+O Play
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Titanium X
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Active X
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ST-2
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ST-3
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