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Ford Fiesta (2013–2017)

Last updated 19 October 2018

Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder.
Lots of strong hatchback competition around. Great to drive but complaints have meant it lost a star from 5 to 4.
Updated 19 October 2018

Report of transmission failure wanring light coming on in 2014 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost Powershift at 50,000 miles and the car suddenly was very jerky to drive. Owner ould not use reverse. He took the car...

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Introduction

The updated version of the Ford Fiesta, Britain’s favourite car, went on sale in early 2013 with sharper styling and a host of new technological features. The front end gets Ford's new trapezoidal grille plus ‘laser-cut’ headlights with daytime running lights. The interior also gains minor tweaks with minor revisions to the centre console and trim.

The most important addition to the Fiesta range is the inclusion of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in 100PS and 125PS outputs, which premiered in the Focus. Winner of ‘International Engine of the Year’ the three-cylinder turbocharged unit returns a claimed 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2, which means free car tax.

The Fiesta is extremely nimble and composed, which makes it ideal for town and motorway driving. Ride quality is improved through a combination of more compliant suspension and deeper profile tyres. Friction has been taken out of the steering making it feel sharper from the straight ahead position.

There’s plenty of new technology including ‘SYNC,’ which provides Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control and emergency assistance. Active City Stop is offered, which helps drivers avoid low speed accidents by applying the brakes if a collision is imminent.

Another important feature is MyKey, which provides parents with a second key for their children. This second key is programmed with parameters set by the parents, for instance limiting top speed, setting off warning sounds if they forget their seatbelts and limiting the maximum volume of the radio, among other things. It’s a useful addition to a car that’s always popular with learners and new drivers.

There are few small hatchbacks on the UK market that come close to matching the Ford for all round ability, efficiency and comfort. The Fiesta is driver-friendly, spacious and great fun on the road. Standard kit is also impressive, with base models getting air conditioning, hill start assist and a body coloured rear spoiler. 

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125 2013 Road Test

Ford Fiesta ST 2013 Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Powershift 2014 Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec S 140 Red Edition Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost Long Term Test

Owners' reviews

3
Good 5 years and then......bang!
5
Lovely solid little car
3
Comfortable, but disappointing replacement for Mk6 2003 Fiesta 1.4 TDCI
5
Best small car I've ever owned
4
Great city car that copes with long runs
4
Excellent Warm Hatch
 

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