How to spec a Ford Fiesta

* Our guide to the best Ford Fiesta models * Which engine and options to go for * How much you should pay...

16 January 2013

How to spec a Ford Fiesta

UK car buyers love the Ford Fiesta it's consistently the countrys best-selling car.

The Ford Fiesta deserves its popularity. It's a great small car that rides well and is particularly comfortable. It also won the best supermini award at the What Car? Awards 2013.

We've put together a buying guide to help you through the maze of Ford Fiesta specifications.

Which engine should you choose?
There are six petrol engines and three diesels. Our favourite is the 99bhp 1.0-litre Ecoboost. It's powerful enough for most people's needs and still economical and reasonably priced. Refinement is so good that it isnt worth paying more for the 123bhp version.

If you want diesel power our recommendation is the 1.6 TDCi Econetic. It averages more than 80mpg and you won't pay a bean in road tax.

The 1.6-litre petrol is the only version that can come with an automatic gearbox. It's a pricey option and hampers fuel economy.

Which trim should you choose?

Ford offers six trims. Studio trim is pretty spartan, but Style adds air-con and remote central locking.

Zetec is our favourite and comes with sporty styling, alloys and Ford's excellent Quickclear heated windscreen.

Titanium models give a luxury feel but are expensive. Zetec S models have firmer suspension and weightier steering. Titanium X models get heated front seats, partial leather trim, keyless entry and start, and electric front and rear windows.

Which options should you choose?
Provided you go for the Fiesta Zetec, there are a few options and packs you should consider. Your Fiesta will look good with Metallic paint (495) and this should ensure a quick sale when it's time to sell the car on.

Ford's Bluetooth hands-free telephone and voice control system is MP3-compatible and comes with six speakers, remote audio controls as well as aux and USB connection. It costs 300.

The Ford Fiesta has good visibility but if you want parking sensors there are a few options to consider. Front and rear parking sensors cost 400, but you can get rear parking sensors included in the City Pack (300) and Driver Assistance Pack (400). Both include electric heated/folding mirrors, while the Driver Assistance Pack also comes with Active City Stop that stops the car in city traffic if it detects that a collision is imminent.

Three- or five-door?
Three-door Fiestas cost around 600 less than a similarly specced five-door one. Whether you buy a three-door or five-door is down to what you need the Fiesta for. If you plan to carry passengers in the back regularly, then the extra practicality is worth the price premium.

We recommend
Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost 100 Zetec 5dr - 14,245

Metallic paint 495
Bluetooth 300

Total price:

What should you pay?
Discounts on the Fiesta are reasonably healthy, which helps to off-set its rather high list price and so-so residual values. You should be able to haggle just over 1000 off our favourite model.

Bigger savings are available through online brokers; quotes a price that knocks around 2400 off the same car.

Read the full Ford Fiesta review >>

By Matthew Burrow