Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) Review

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Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) At A Glance

4/5

+Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder.

-Lots of strong hatchback competition around. Increasing number of complaints surrounding the turbo degas pipe.

Insurance Groups are between 3–19
On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure

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

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Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

71%

Real MPG

29–77 mpg

MPGs submitted

2735

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Can you recommend an alternative to the Renault Modus?
"I have a Renault Modus petrol 1.6 and it has failed its MoT big time! I love everything about this car, can you suggest any similar cars I could look at? I only do about 3,000 miles per year. My budget is approx £5,000. "
We'd recommend a Honda Jazz. It's a bit like a Modus (with a big boot for its relatively compact dimensions) but should be more reliable. You should be able to get a tidy example from around 2011 within budget. Alternatively, if something a bit more conventional appeals, consider a Ford Fiesta with the dependable 1.25-litre petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can I claim compensation for a cam belt failure?
"My Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost, registered/made in early 2016 with 67,000 miles, has just had a cam belt failure which has destroyed the engine. The guidance from Ford is to change the cam belt at 150,000 miles or 10 years. We are under half of the guidance. Ford have made a final offer of £1,100 (excluding VAT), stating that we are out of warranty so they are not obliged to offer anything. The cost for a new engine I am told with fitting is more like £7,000, which is more than I paid for the car. My question is: what are chances of winning a small claims court process?"
Cam belts are considered general maintenance items and this means it can be very difficult to prove a failure is linked to a manufacturing problem. Especially when the car is 5+ years old. However, in the case of the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, the cam belt runs in oil and this means it is designed to last the lifetime of the car (up to 150,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first). If you have owned the car from new then you may have grounds to claim against the dealer that sold you the car. But you will need to identify the exact cause of the cam belt failure. The statute of limitations means you have rights for six years after buying a car (five years if you bought the car in Scotland), but it’ll be harder to prove how it was described as time goes on. If you take legal action then you should seek professional advice before proceeding. Citizen's Advice is a good place to start, their legal help is free.
Answered by Dan Powell
How much should I pay for a cam belt change on a Ford Fiesta 1.25?
"Can you please give the average cost of having the cam belt and water pump replaced on my 2013 Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol?"
You'll be looking in the region of £350 at a Ford dealer and somewhere around £250 at an independent garage.
Answered by Dan Powell
How does a stop-start engine systems work?
"We have a Ford Fiesta with a manual transmission. Could you explain how the stop-start operates?"
Stop-start engages when the car stops and you put your foot on the clutch – it turns the engine off when you're stationary and switches it back on when you re-engage the clutch. It is designed to save fuel and tailpipe emissions that would otherwise be burnt when the car is idling (at traffic lights, for example). It only works when it's efficient to do so, though, usually it'll be inactive as the car warms up, to help it reach its optimum running temperature as quickly as possible. Other strains on the engine might stop stop-start operating, such as having the air-conditioning running on a hot day.
Answered by Russell Campbell

What does a Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) cost?

Buy new from £14,527 (list price from £17,725)