- Fun to drive
- Very comfortable
- Plenty of kit
It's been the go-to model for thousands of motorists buying their first motor – and many more have stuck with it in the subsequent decades.
Given the rise of compact SUVs as well as smartly designed small hatchbacks, things have become increasingly competitive for models like the Fiesta.
But Ford has stuck with what it does best and, true to form, the latest Fiesta remains a supermini that really gives you something to smile about, even though Ford has announced production will come to an end in 2023.
Engines and Performance
Available exclusively with petrol engines, some boosted by mild hybrid technology, the model line-up comprises five trim grades of Trend, Titanium, Active, ST-Line and ST, some including X variants providing extra kit.
The Titanium model driven here featured the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost mild hybrid unit, which works in tandem with an electric motor to provide stronger acceleration and a bit better fuel economy.
It develops 123bhp, so there’s plenty of punch there, and you can also opt for Ford’s PowerShift auto transmission as well as a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Some 200 miles of mixed urban, rural and motorway driving resulted in an average fuel return of 48.8mpg, which compared well given the conditions with the official combined return of 56.5mpg.
While this sort of economy may not be unusual, what makes the Fiesta such a star is the way it drives.
Other small cars have attributes of their own, but the Fiesta combines the lot – positive steering, a slick manual gearbox, sharp handling and interior comfort.
Design and Practicality
Don’t expect any space age cabin features or arcade-style graphics, it’s all trademark Ford interior design – simple, durable and effective, with plenty of head and elbow room for all.
Up front the seats are comfortable and adjustable, the driving position slightly raised and while things can get tight for three passengers across the back, legroom is not a problem. The boot is also deep enough to load a few suitcases as well as oddments or shopping.
In time-honoured Ford manner the switchgear is straightforward and simple to use and though there is a fair amount of plastic in and around the dash, there are some desirable soft-touch plastics too.
Equipment and Technology
As for tech, there's a speaker sound system in all models, and you also get a pair of USB ports, a heated windscreen, and rear parking sensors.
The 8-inch touchscreen is easy to operate and most models, including Titanium, have a built-in sat nav and pin-sharp reversing camera. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard across the range.
The Fiesta remains the benchmark for small cars in just about every area – it looks good, has a great manual gearbox, sharp dynamics and is economic for fuel.
Thanks to the mid-range Titanium specification, drivers can enjoy peace of mind, relaxation, and fun on the move thanks to the wide selection of tech and safety features on offer. In all, a really impressive little supermini.