Ford’s best-selling supermini is still the leader of the pack.
The Ford Fiesta, first introduced in 1976, and now in its seventh generation, is the UK’s best-selling small hatchback. The latest incarnation is widely regarded as the best small hatchback on sale today. With fantastic aesthetics, a quality feel, and an incredibly efficient range of engines, it’s no wonder that we’re all flocking to buy a used Fiesta.
Whilst some of its rivals beat Ford's supermini offer in specific areas, there is no better all-round package than the seventh generation Fiesta. TopGear agrees, giving the Fiesta a best in class award.
Spacious interior, quality could be better, but solid nonetheless
In the Cabin
The one area that some may be disappointed with in the Fiesta is in the cabin. Whilst the plastics used throughout are solid-feeling, they lack the class of a VW Polo. They also feel a little drab aesthetically. Door panels aren’t the best to look at, and the underside of the dash feels plasticy, but even so, there still remains an air of solidity that most people will appreciate.
The boot of the Fiesta is average in size for its class, with 290 litres of space. So whilst it may not rival a Nissan Note or a Kia Rio, there’s still enough space for the weekly shop and your other bits and pieces. Even so - buyers with bigger families should possibly consider a larger model, such as the Ford B-Max mini MPV.
Standard spec for the Fiesta is decent, without being spectacular. The entry-level Studio model comes with electric mirrors and electric front windows. For most people though, you're going to at least want the air conditioning and remote central locking that comes with the Style model. There are decent levels of infotainment throughout the range, USB connection comes with even the most basic of models, and the Zetec trim adds digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity. There isn’t, however, a touchscreen found in the Fiesta. Instead, there’s console buttons that can, at times, be a little fiddly to use.
If there’s one area that the Fiesta doesn’t steal the show, it’s in its cabin. Whilst there’s a general feel of solidity, a good amount of space, and a decent spec, the Fiesta certainly isn’t the market leader in this area.
On The Road
Supreme ride quality, the Fiesta is, without doubt, the class leader.
If there’s one place in particular that the Fiesta cannot be matched, it is in its driving experience. For a supermini, the Fiesta is incredibly rewarding to drive. With handling that is as fun as some sports cars, it’s sure to put a smile on your face, wherever you’re driving. That’s not to say it’s overly stiff. The ride quality of the Fiesta is incredibly sophisticated, ironing out bumpy roads with ease. It is, without a doubt, the best driving experience available in a supermini. Keen drivers are going to love the Fiesta.
In terms of gearbox options, Ford offers three transmission-types to choose from. Most common throughout the range is a 5-speed manual that’s both precise and slick, offering a perfect accompaniment to the excellent handling. There’s also a 6-speed manual available on the sporty ST model. For automatic drivers, there’s Ford’s dual-clutch Powershift option, that combines especially well with the 99bhp Ecoboost engine.
Whichever gearbox your Fiesta comes with, you can be assured that it’s built to accompany what is the best driving experience found in a supermini. The Fiesta, whatever the spec, is the market leader on the road.
A good range of engines, with eco-friendly and performance options.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Fiesta, you’ve got the two most recognisable options: petrol, and diesel. There're engines for both the racy, and the eco-friendly, and everything in between. The Fiesta range is sure to have an option that’s perfect for you.
The Fiesta ST is without doubt one of THE great hot-hatches of all time. With a belting 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, the ST comes with 197 hp, and 214 lb-ft of torque, hurtling you from 0-62 mph in less than seven seconds, and topping out at 139mph. This is a seriously quick supermini. Though some of its rivals may have better figures on paper, the ST is by far the best all-round hot supermini out there.
For the eco-friendly buyer, Ford also offers us a great option in the 1.5 TDCI ECOnetic. Producing only 82 g/km of CO2 emissions, this is one of the greenest diesels out there. It also means zero road tax, that’s sure to attract a lot of buyers. This model also happens to be the cheapest to run. Whilst it may be more expensive to buy than some models, the exceptional 88.3mpg on this diesel option will certainly save you money on fuel long-term, as well as having planet-saving peace of mind.
Whatever engine option you choose to go for in your Fiesta, you can be assured that all the engines throughout the range perfectly complement, and even add to, the market leading driving experience that the Fiesta is renowned for.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, class-leading, with good safety equipment
Another area where the Fiesta really stands out from its competitors is its safety. With the highest five-star NCAP rating, it eclipses rivals such as the Mazda 2 and Vauxhall Corsa with ease. Even its closest rival, the VW Polo with its equivalent five-star rating loses out in its pedestrian impact score. There’s also decent levels of safety equipment. All Fiestas come with seven airbags as standard, and all but the very basic models come with a MyKey system. The Fiesta is one of the safest small cars on the road.
Value for money
Impressively efficient engines throughout the range
The Ford Fiesta represents excellent value for money. Though it may cost a little more than some of its rivals, road tax rates and fuel consumption are impressive. This obviously depends on which model you go for (the sporty ST model is understandably more expensive), but most models have relatively low CO2 emissions. Road tax is therefore either free or very cheap throughout the range.
Insurance wise, the Fiesta scores pretty well again. The cheapest in the range is the 1.25 Studio, with an insurance group of 3E. That is incredibly cheap. Most models fall into insurance groups 5-18, with only the sporty ST model being particularly expensive at 30E. Whichever model you go for, you won’t be paying any more than the Fiesta’s closest rivals.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the Ford Fiesta, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as high as ever, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s most-loved best selling supermini, and for good reason. With unbeatable handling, fantastic engines, and a class-leading safety record, the Fiesta outdoes all of its rivals. The interior might not be quite at the level of some competitors, but it’s still solid, and it doesn’t detract from what is a fantastic car to both drive, and own.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.