How to spec a Ford Fiesta

Our guide to Ford's big-selling hatchback covers which options to choose, which to avoid and how much you should pay for it all...

Ford Fiesta options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Ford Fiesta

There's a good reason why you'll see lots of Ford Fiestas on UK roads – it is, by some margin, the most popular new car in the country. And even though it's now getting on a bit, and is one of the older options in the small car class, it's still thoroughly recommendable because it's good to drive, has a punchy range of engines, and is decently practical to boot. If you want to find out more about what the Fiesta is like to drive and live with, head over to our full 16-point review.

Team our favourite 1.0-litre Ecoboost 95 petrol engine with sporty ST-Line trim, and you'll be off to a flying start, with 17in alloy wheels, a sporty body kit and stiffer sports suspension all coming as standard. Here's our guide, though, to adding even more luxuries without breaking the bank.

Ford Fiesta options to choose

Ford Fiesta with metallic paint

1. Metallic paint (£500)

As standard, your Ford Fiesta will come with solid red paintwork. This already means you'll stand out better than some rivals, which offer only black or white paint as standard, but we'd still spend the £500 needed to get one of the three metallic options on offer. Blue, silver and black are available and all will add value to your car so you'll get more of your money back when you come to sell it. You can spend more on premium finishes, but we wouldn't bother.

Ford Fiesta options to choose

Ford Fiesta TFT display

2. Exclusive Pack (£350)

This pack bundles together lots of useful extras for not very much money. For starters, you get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, helping to prevent accidents on busy city streets; as well as adaptive cruise control and speed limit sign recognition to make longer journeys less stressful. You also get a 4.2in driver's information display in the instrument cluster which can show you a variety of information.

Ford Fiesta options to choose

Ford Fiesta interior

3. Comfort Pack (£300)

Ford's Comfort Pack does exactly what it says on the tin, adding kit that'll make longer trips that bit comfier; it includes heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Now, you might think twice about spending £300 on heated elements, but trust us, in the colder months, your hands and your bum will thank you.

Ford Fiesta options to choose

Ford Fiesta spare wheel

4. Spare wheel (£150)

As standard, every Fiesta comes with a tyre repair kit, which can keep you motoring in the event of smaller punctures. For real peace of mind, however, we'd spend £150 on a spare wheel which is hidden away in the boot until you need it. This 14in steel wheel can only be used at speeds of up to 50mph, but it should help you to get to the nearest garage for a proper repair.

Ford Fiesta options to choose

Ford Fiesta LED headlights

5. LED headlights (£700)

LED lights not only help to give your car a more premium look at night, they also help you to see further along the road than conventional bulbs, improving safety for you and other road users. They might be on the expensive side, but we think they're well worth the upgrade.

Ford Fiesta options to avoid

Ford Fiesta sunroof

1. Panorama Roof (£995)

While the Fiesta's optional panoramic roof lets more light into the car and also provides your passengers with a better view of the outside world, it also reduces headroom for those in the rear. And in the small car class, every centimetre of room counts. Therefore, we'd pocket the cash instead and leave this option un-ticked.

Ford Fiesta: best buy

  • Model 1.0 Ecoboost 95 ST-Line Edition 5dr
  • List price £20,240
  • Target Price £18,791
  • Target PCP £187 per month
  • Options we'd add -  LED headlights (£700), Metallic paint (£500), Exclusive Pack (£350), Comfort Pack (£300), Spare wheel (£150)

  • Cost of options - £2000

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