Which used Ford Fiesta hatchback should I buy?
The diesels make sense if you’re doing big miles, with the 1.4 TDCi offering an official combined economy figure in the early 60mpg range. The near 15sec it takes to get to 62mph from a standstill shouldn’t put you off, because it feels faster than the figures suggest.
If speed is your goal then the 148bhp 2.0-litre ST will appeal. A sub 9.0sec 0-62mph time combines with a smart body kit and revised suspension to make it the enthusiast's pick, although there’s fun to be had behind the wheel of any Fiesta.
The 1.25-litre petrol model is justifiably popular, and our all-round choice, although you might want the 1.4 or 1.6 if you’re planning frequent long trips in your used Fiesta. The larger petrol engines get close to the 1.25-litre’s official 49mpg average economy figure, too.
Trim choices include Finesse, Studio, LX, Style, Zetec, Ghia, Zetec S and ST; we’d aim for LX and above. This comes with air conditioning in all but the 1.25-litre model. Zetec adds sportier looks and alloy wheels, which are also standard on Ghia, Zetec S and ST Fiestas.
A facelift in 2005 brought new lights and more equipment, and some owners upgraded their older cars to look like a facelifted one as it’s an easy swap. The interior gained some slightly better materials from 2005, when Bluetooth connectivity also became available.
Our favourite used Ford Fiesta: 1.25 Zetec