What's the used Ford Fiesta hatchback like?
Praise has often been heaped on the iconic Ford Fiesta, and for good reasons. It was, and continues to be, fun to drive, well equipped and blessed with a fine choice of engines that help it to hold its own in the hotly contested small car class.
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. It also faces stiff competition from cars such as the sporty Seat Ibiza, evergreen Vauxhall Corsa and the good value Skoda Fabia.
Titanium X gets the B&O sound system as standard along with heated front seats and steering wheel. ST-Line and ST-line X get sportier exterior and interior styling and sports suspension for sharper handling. The former has the same equipment as Zetec, while the latter is based on Titanium. The top-of-the-range Vignale is supposed to be the luxurious Fiesta, so it has leather seats as standard and an openable panoramic glass roof, but you'll probably find the rear parking sensors and reversing camera far more useful.
One of the best things about the Fiesta is the way it drives – few cars are more enjoyable to chuck around on a twisty B-road than this small Ford. It really can 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, even ST-line models with firmer sports suspension. 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, too, giving the Fiesta a sense of solidity and big car refinement.
Inside, as far as fit and finish go, the bits that you touch regularly all feel fairly upmarket by the standards of the class, and the Fiesta uses soft-touch material on parts of its dashboard. You won’t find any of that in an Ibiza or a Skoda Fabia. However, the Fiesta’s interior doesn’t feel quite as solidly screwed together as the Ibiza’s or Polo's. You’ll also notice some unappealingly textured plastics lower down on the Fiesta’s dashboard.