What's the used Ford Fiesta hatchback like?
Praise has often been heaped on this small Ford, and for good reasons. It was, and continues to be, fun to drive, well equipped and blessed with a fine choice of engines. This current generation car has been given that little bit of extra polish to rival the refinement levels of its arch nemesis, the Volkswagen Polo.
Speaking of rivals, the small car class is a hotly contested one, and the Fiesta not only has to best the Polo, it also faces stiff competition from cars such as the sporty Seat Ibiza, evergreen Vauxhall Corsa and the good value Skoda Fabia.
Like its rivals, the Fiesta has a wide range of engines. The petrol range consists of an underpowered 1.1-litre petrol to a fantastic turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost in various states of tune. There’s also a 1.5-litre diesel, again, in a variety of different power outputs.
One of the best things about the Fiesta is the way it drives because few cars are more enjoyable to chuck around on a twisty B-road as this small Ford. It really could give some more expensive sports cars a very good run for their money. The steering is precise and well weighted, grip is in plentiful supply and it hangs on gamely even if you pile into a corner a little too quickly. And, to top it all off, the ride is beautifully judged. It has a real knack for dealing with speed bumps and potholes at low speeds just as well as it deals with motorway expansion joints at the national limit. Suspension noise is well suppressed, giving the Fiesta a sense of solidity and big car refinement.
There’s plenty of equipment given as standard on Zetec variants with air con, alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and a heated windscreen. You also get a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system from Zetec specification and above which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system could be upgraded to a larger 8.0in system for a small fee, so it’s worth looking out for that. Or, you could seek out a Zetec B&O Play version which has the bigger screen along with a 10-speaker 675-watt sound system.