Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control
  • Driver alert system
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • SYNC Emergency Assistance
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bang and Olufsen premium sound with 10 speakers and Ford SYNC 3 Navigation
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Body colour rear spoiler
  • Body colour tailgate handle
  • Chrome beltline
  • Chrome door handles
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Electric front windows/one touch facility
  • Electric rear windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Panoramica roof
  • Privacy glass
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted glass
  • Upper front grille chrome surround

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Air conditioning + Electric Auto Temperature Control (EATC)
  • Ambient lighting
  • Boot carpet
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Driver/passenger seat height adj/lumbar support
  • Footwell illumination
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated cup holders
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather trimmed handbrake handle
  • Leather upholstery
  • Load area light
  • Luxury woven headliner
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Pollen filter
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear centre head restraint

Safety

  • 3 point rear seatbelts x3
  • ABS+EBA
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP + traction control
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • MyKey system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

118

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

998

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

54.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

67.3

EC Urban (mpg)

40.9

General

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

100

Based On ID

Coin Description

EcoBoost

Coin Series

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

10E

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

12.2

Engine Power - BHP

100

Engine Power - KW

74

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

125

Engine Torque - MKG

17.3

Engine Torque - NM

170

Top Speed

126

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1476

Length

4040

Width

1941

Width (including mirrors)

1735

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

42

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

980

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

721

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.5

On The Road

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Summary

The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle that the British public has warmed to and it makes most sense in this 1.0 EcoBoost guise. There's an unpretentious quality to this seventh generation model and a focus on providing the things that really matter to small car buyers - fun handling, an affordable asking price, low running costs and decent accommodation and space. With this MK7 design, to that little list, you can add strong safety provision and sophisticated media connectivity as well. The latest car has a polish and self belief that we've never seen from the Fiesta before. In short, this blue collar car has made good. Especially with three cylinder EcoBoost power.

Background

Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to developing small cars for a demanding clientele and the seventh generation Fiesta is no exception. This car is effectively a far-reaching re-development of the previous sixth generation design and, as with that model, one of the strongest weapons this one has is its 1.0-litre three cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine. Since we first saw this unit back in 2012, virtually every other rival has developed its own downsized three cylinder 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol turbo engine to try and compete. This Ford powerplant still feels a cut above most of them though.

Driving Experience

Certain realities exist in the supermini market. The additional cost of diesel engines rarely makes them big sellers, so this is where the state of the art in petrol engines is often played out. For some years now, Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder unit has been in the box seat in this regard. It's now available in a top 140PS variant as well as the usual 100 and 125PS guises. Either way, it's pretty vivid. In 100PS form, 62mph from rest takes 10.5s en route to 113mph. In the 125PS model, those figures improve to 9.9s and 121mph, while with the 140PS derivative, you're looking at 9s and 125mph. The Fiesta has long been one of the very best superminis to drive. This new generation model is 15% stiffer than before and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell us that the chassis now offers 10% more cornering grip, supported by Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering. Braking distances at 62mph are reduced by more than 8%. There are freshly developed five and six-speed manual gearboxes. And rear disc brakes feature on models with engines developing more than 100PS.

Design and Build

If you go by the maxim that if something looks right, it is right, then you'll probably like the look of this seventh generation Fiesta. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles and both are tidy pieces of styling with evolutionary styling and a bolder, wider front grille. The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71mm of additional body length and 12mm of additional width to give what Ford hopes is a longer and more premium appearance. Inside, it's completely different from what went before. Gone is the previous button-heavy fascia with its cheap plastics. In fact, the number of buttons on the centre console has been reduced by almost half, with many connectivity and entertainment controls relocated to a freshly developed 'SYNC3' 8-inch touchscreen. A semi-translucent piano black insert stretches all the way from the instrument binnacle to the centre console, giving the cabin a touch of class. Rear seat passengers benefit from 16mm more knee room, supported by new slim-back seats that are softer, and offer greater side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wider for easier access to the boot, and improved storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console.

Market and Model

You'll need to be budgeting the best part of £15,000 for a Fiesta with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine we've been looking at here - list price-wise anyway. As usual, there's a £650 premium to pay if you want the extra flexibility of five doors. With this engine, you have to buy in at the 'Zetec' level of trim and at this point in the line-up, this powerplant only comes in its base 100PS form. If you can stretch to plusher 'Titanium' spec, then your dealer will offer you the option of a 125PS version of this unit. And this unit comes in a further 140PS state of tune if you can go further and get one of the sporty 'ST-Line' models. There's also a Fiesta 'Active' variant that offers SUV styling cues that target the growing Crossover market. Whatever your choice, you'll be offered some up-scale equipment options, examples including an openable panoramic glass roof. There's sophisticated safety too, including a Pedestrian Detection system that can even prevent collisions at night. And 'Active Park Assist' with brake interventions to prevent low-speed collisions when parking hands-free. As for standard equipment, even base models get features like air conditioning, Bluetooth, an 'Emergency Assistance' system and a 6-speaker stereo.

Cost of Ownership

The Fiesta has always been a bit of a star where running costs are concerned. When the engines used to be a bit off the pace, the asking prices were low. Now that the Fiesta has some of the most fuel efficient engines in the sector, the list prices of the cars are a little higher - but to compensate, residual values have improved a little in turn. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine returns some excellent figures with both 100 and 125PS variants returning a stellar 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and registering either 97 or 98g/km. With the 140PS model, the figures are 62.8mpg and 102g/km. Insurance premiums and maintenance costs have been kept low by an intelligent approach to manufacturing. Bake-hardened steel on the front wings, for example, offers better resistance to low speed bumps and scrapes. Headlamps and tail lamps are positioned high, away from potential impacts, while specially shaped 'crash cans' are designed as sacrificial parts, collapsing predictably in an impact to prevent more extensive damage and higher repair bills.