Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Despite its steeply sloping windscreen and slightly raised driving position, the Ford 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, because it reduces head room noticeably. Leg room is also good, and there’s enough elbow space for two broad adults to sit comfortably side by side.
There’s a reasonable amount of oddment space, including an area ahead of the gear lever that’s just about big enough for a smartphone. The door pockets can accommodate a small drinks bottle and there's a pair of cupholders conveniently positioned between the seats.
Rear space isn't the Fiesta’s strongest suit. A pair of six-footers will fit, with leg room similar to that offered by the Polo but not quite on a par with the Ibiza. Head room isn’t quite as generous as its rivals, either – especially if you go for the optional panoramic roof – and the centre rear seat is quite narrow by class standards. This means fitting three adults in the back is a bit of a squeeze.
Seat folding and 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.
Front passenger seat height adjustment and lumbar support is standard on Titanium X, ST-Line X and Vignale trims and optional on others.
Need a big boot? Well, we fitted five carry-on suitcases into the back of the Fiesta, which isn't at all bad. That said, you will find more space in the boot of the Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza or Honda Jazz.
Dropping the rear backrests leaves an annoying step in the floor of the Fiesta’s extended load bay, but you can iron this out with the optional height-adjustable boot floor. Set in its highest position, this also reduces the otherwise substantial loading lip at the boot's entrance.