2022 Ford Fiesta revealed: price, specs and release date
Updated Ford Fiesta small car gets design tweaks, new mild-hybrid engines and a revised interior...
On sale: Early 2022 | Price from: £16,620
The problem with being number one is that any fall from grace is a big deal. Take the Ford Fiesta, for example. It has been Britain’s most popular car for the last 11 years, with 1.3 million sold – enough to fill almost half the public parking spaces in Britain. But in 2021 the King’s crown appears to be slipping.
Yes, so far it has been playing second fiddle in the sales charts to its arch-rival, the Vauxhall Corsa. And that makes this mid-life refresh of the current Fiesta very timely indeed.
Changes include more aggressive front and rear bumpers than before and a wider and deeper front grille, plus the new car comes with LED headlights as standard, with matrix lights which can adapt their pattern to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers featuring on the options list.
The core offerings of the Fiesta’s engine line-up are now mild hybrids, providing small amounts of electrical assistance to reduce your fuel bills and get you up to speed faster. The entry level choice is a 1.0-litre petrol unit available in both 123bhp and 153bhp forms. Official fuel economy is up to 48mpg on the WLPT test cycle, alongside CO2 emissions as low as 111g/km.
Gearbox options are a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
A non-hybrid 1.0-litre engine with 99bhp is also available, but there is no diesel option for high-mileage drivers this time around. Buyers can choose from Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes (plus Trail and Slippery settings in the Fiesta Active) to tailor their experience.
Inside, you’ll find a new 12.3in digital instrument cluster which can put a wealth of information – including navigation instructions – right in front of your eyes.
Driver assistance and safety kit includes a new “wrong way alert” which sounds an alarm if you start driving the wrong way along the motorway, plus adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking.
The Fiesta’s starting price has risen slightly to £16,620, making it a more expensive choice than the rival Skoda Fabia, but cheaper than the Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo. The same is likely to be true if you buy on a PCP finance deal, as many buyers will.
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