What should I look for in a used Ford Fiesta hatchback?
Top-spec versions of the Fiesta have larger alloy wheels that can be susceptible to kerb damage, so check the wheels carefully. Also, look for any dents, dings and scratches to the bodywork because paint and body repairs can be expensive. Make sure the clutch engages smoothly and that the car goes into gear easily.
The Fiesta is too new to have been included in our latest What Car Reliability survey. But, Ford as a brand did rather well. They came in 9th place out of 32 other car brands, which is a very good result considering the huge number of Ford cars that are sold each year. Rivals such as Skoda, Vauxhall, Seat and Volkswagen were all further down the rankings.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for small cars, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Fiesta hatchback?
The 1.5-litre diesel engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). To ensure that this can regenerate (burn off trapped soot), frequent motorway journeys are necessary because this process is only triggered when the exhaust is hot enough. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure because lots of urban journeys will clog up the filter, potentially leading to an expensive repair bill.
Other potential problems with the DPF come if it has been shut off part way through regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, so it’s worth checking the oil level or have the car inspected if you're unsure.