The Fiesta’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine is remarkably smooth and quiet for a three-cylinder. Accelerate hard and you feel and hear less of a buzz than you do in rivals with equivalent engines, such as the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.
There's some road noise, particularly on versions with larger alloy wheels, but not enough to really irritate. However, there is a fair amount of wind noise at motorway speeds, especially in models fitted with a panoramic glass roof.
Meanwhile, the Fiesta’s accelerator, brake and clutch pedals are all positively weighted, making it a really easy car to drive smoothly. The six-speed manual gearbox (fitted to all versions apart from the entry-level 1.1 Ti-VCT) is also very precise, if not quite as slick as the ‘box in the rival Ibiza.
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