Ford Fiesta Review

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Ford Fiesta

The all-new Ford Fiesta has arrived on the market, with changes some may consider smaller than the car itself.

What you will first notice about the new Fiesta is the decision by Ford to scrap the older body, which had defined ridges on the front that made it look harsher and sportier.

There’s a variety of trims available for the Fiesta. These range from the standard Trend model (around £16,000 RRP) right the way through to the most ‘luxurious’ of the bunch: The Vignale (around £21,000 RRP).

“It has a more modern, futuristic look inside-out, which is becoming the norm for modern hatchbacks. The addition of more advanced driver assistance systems across the range gives the Fiesta fantastic worth too.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Interior

The stylish design of the latest Fiesta models can’t be denied. It’s subtle. But it has the feeling of being a standout performer in its class. Thanks to new finishes on the dashboard and other interior spaces, the Fiesta has a much more mature feel than before. Which says a lot for its newfound comfort.

It hasn’t lost its youth freshness, though. Even the standard seats have a unique ridged design etched into the cloth, which gives it a contemporary look that takes inspiration from the car’s exterior.

Not only do the seats look good, but they’re extremely flexible too. A range of up and down, forward and backward adjustments can be made to get into your favourite driving position. If that wasn’t enough, Ford has designed them to be extra supportive, to a point where the quilted, part-leather ones on the range-topping Vignale seem unnecessary.

Infotainment and tech

Most of the Fiesta’s youthfulness is dominated by the brand-new infotainment system, which is bright and looks modern. Even the entry-level Zetec model has a tablet-like 8″ display which, if you’re used to this car’s predecessors, can seem out of place.

The good news is that it’s a breeze to use. Simply pinch or swipe your way through your music or navigation. A satnav will have to be your own on the standard system, activated through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring. However, higher spec trims get a built-in one.

Regardless of which trim level you choose, the accompanying shortcut buttons for the different menus make it a minimalist setup. Nothing too clunky or archaic is on show here.

Away from audio, the Fiesta’s five-star NCAP rating is thanks to the hatchback being kitted out with great safety tech features.

Across the range, all models get:

  • Intelligent Protection System (improved traction control, advanced seatbelts and pedal intrusion prevention system).
  • Emergency Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist.
  • Emergency Brake Warning (automatically flashes brake lights when braking heavily).
  • Airbags (front side impact, front and rear side curtain, as well as driver and front passenger).
  • Tyre pressure monitoring.

Practicality

The one questionable change (or lack thereof) is to do with the Fiesta’s space.

Ford has increased the space for rear-seated passengers; however, it is minimal, and three people in the back is a squeeze. You’ll struggle for headroom if you are over 5”9, too.

The same goes for the boot space in the Fiesta, which is a sizeable 292 litres, but is still not as good as the Volkswagen Polo (350 litres).

The good news is that you can lower the rear seats to increase the overall capacity to 1,093 litres. Just be warned that your loose items may roll around a bit on the move as the seats don’t fall completely flat.

On the road

The new electronic power-assisted steering system across the whole range makes the Fiesta’s drive a lot less bumpy than in previous models. It automatically adjusts to suit your speed and the conditions of the road. When going slower, the steering lightens and becomes more responsive. When you’re going fast, it becomes firm for greater control. This makes it both easy to drive short distance in a town and on the motorway.

There aren’t many options for an automatic version of the Fiesta, with one engine type on offer, however this comes at the price of having less fuel economy.

For an overall satisfactory experience, the standard 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol is a good option, and there are two 1.5-litre diesel variations for those of you who are doing lots of miles.

Driving the Fiesta is still an overall fun and comfortable experience, with vision being a main plus point, aided by a big windscreen and rear window, combined with relatively thin cabin pillars that don’t impair your sight.

If you do worry about your field of vision in such a small car, however, Ford has put in place a blind-spot information system, which detects cars that you may not have seen through a flash of an orange light on both side door mirrors.

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