Review: Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017)
Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder.
Lots of strong hatchback competition around. Turbo degas pipe failure was common leading to loss of coolant.
Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017): At A Glance
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.
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Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?
It’s no secret that Ford has made significant gains with its interiors in recent years and the Fiesta is a vast improvement over previous models, with a well-crafted cabin that’s adorned with hardwearing fittings and trim.
Everything feels sturdy and built with purpose, while the cabin architecture has a simple but intelligent layout, which makes it a pleasant place to be.
The Fiesta is surprisingly spacious and has little trouble accommodating four adults, with comfortable seats and decent amounts of head and leg room. For the driver, the seating - even in base models - is particularly good, with excellent lumbar and back support. The Fiesta also boasts excellent visibility, with clear views of the road and all four corners of the car.
In fact, the Fiesta’s cabin ergonomics are superb and easily surpass rivals like the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa, with good comfort levels and plenty of cubby holes and cup holders. There is also lots of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, with it taking us just a few seconds to find the perfect driving position.
Ford has resisted the urge to overcomplicate things when it comes to the dashboard and based the centre console on the layout of a mobile phone, with a large multi-functional display at the top and simple buttons below. It’s a really good idea and makes radio/CD control a simple task.
All models get aux and USB connection for music players, like an iPod, plus there’s the bonus of remote audio controls on the steering wheel. If you specify one of the Titanium trims then the Fiesta gets a Sony radio with DAB and 4.2-inch TFT display. However, it retains the same phone layout and is just as easy to use, despite the increase in buttons and functions.
One of the Fiesta’s technological developments is Ford SYNC, which simplifies the whole ‘infotainment’ experience, with integration for receiving phone calls, selecting music and using the optional sat nav system. The Fiesta can also be specified with direct voice commands, which allows the driver to select music, radio stations or make phone calls with the sound of their voice. It all works with a wonderful simplicity, which should win over even the biggest of technophobes.
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.
Storage is plentiful and the Fiesta’s boot has 290 litres of space, but this drops to 276 litres if you specify an optional spare wheel. It’s not the largest in the segment, but should prove sufficient for most tasks. An adjustable load floor compartment can be specified as a paid for option, which makes it considerably easier to load and unload heavy items.
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What's the Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) like to drive?
Offered with nine engines - three diesels and six petrols – the Fiesta has plenty of choice when it comes to powerplants, but the most important addition to the range is the inclusion of the EcoBoost engine.
The turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost unit is available in two outputs in the Fiesta - 100PS and 125PS - and both return a claimed 65.7mpg and emit 99g/km of CO2, which means they qualify for free tax.
For outright economy and performance, the 100PS unit is our preferred engine as it strikes a good balance between torque and refinement. Make no mistake, the EcoBoost is marvel of engineering and a great all round engine, but the fuel economy of the 125PS unit will tumble to around 30mpg if it is driven with any hint of gusto.
Diesels include the 1.5-litre or 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engines, with the latter available with 75PS or 95PS. Both diesels qualify for free car tax, with sub-100g/km of CO2.
However, regardless of which engine you choose, the Fiesta will always return a composed and enjoyable ride. Ford has built itself a strong reputation for producing cars that offer a rewarding drive and the latest Fiesta is no different, with excellent grip and road holding.
The Fiesta is also extremely quiet, with low road noise and good all round refinement. The suspension is supple, soaking up potholes and lumps in the road, while the five-speed manual gearbox facilitates smooth gear changes.
The Fiesta is extremely nimble at low speeds, which makes it ideal for town and city driving, while its compact dimensions make it supreme for dicing through rush hour traffic. The steering is also excellent, with a nice weighted feel and plenty of feedback. Venture out onto the motorway and things improve as the Fiesta quickly establishes a quiet and composed rhythm at 60mph+.
Despite its compact size, the Fiesta feels a lot larger than it really is and inspires confidence when confronted with challenging conditions. Sometimes small cars can feel a bit jittery when presented with poor weather or high crosswinds, yet the Fiesta excels and rarely feels loose footed or unpredictable.
Both the Style and Zetec trims get 15-inch wheels as standard, which return the best all round comfort, while the higher spec models feature the larger 16-inch wheels. These are not uncomfortable, but the Fiesta does have a tendency to crash over potholes, which doesn’t happen with the smaller wheels. It doesn’t ruin the car’s excellent ride, but it will not be to everyone’s taste.
|1.0||66 mpg||14.9 s||99 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost||66 mpg||11.2 s||99 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 100||66 mpg||9.9–11.2 s||99 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 100 Powershift||58 mpg||10.8 s||114 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 125||66 mpg||9.4–11.2 s||99 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 140||63 mpg||9.0–9.9 s||104 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost Powershift||58 mpg||11.2 s||114 g/km|
|1.25||54 mpg||13.3 s||122 g/km|
|1.25 60||54 mpg||16.9 s||120 g/km|
|1.25 82||54 mpg||12.3–13.3 s||120–122 g/km|
|1.25 83||54 mpg||13.3 s||122 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 75||76–79 mpg||13.5 s||98 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 95||79 mpg||10.9–11.7 s||94 g/km|
|1.6 PowerShift||48 mpg||10.5 s||138 g/km|
|1.6 TDCi||79 mpg||11.2 s||94 g/km|
|1.6 TDCi ECOnetic||88 mpg||11.9 s||82 g/km|
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