Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) Review

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Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) At A Glance

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.

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)

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

30–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

2560

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Can I get money off a used car with a gap in the service history?
"I want to purchase a 2016 Ford Fiesta. However, there is a gap in the service history at about 25,000 miles. How much can I ask for off the price due to this fact, please?"
My advice would be to find another car to buy. There are thousands of Fiestas for sale, and this means you have no reason to accept one with a dodgy history. A big gap in the servicing would suggest that the car has not been cared for particularly well.
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should I avoid buying a car with an MoT advisory?
"I’ve looked at a 2013 Ford Fiesta. The MoT history shows the last advisory as 'Nearside & Offside Rear Coil spring corroded bottom'. Should I avoid buying this car?"
A common problem with any seven-year-old car. I'd recommend finding another Fiesta to buy. There are thousands on the used market and this means you can be quite picky on spec and condition.
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I just bought a 2012 car. Should I get a major or interim service?
"I have just bought a 2012 Ford Fiesta 1.25 with 45,000 miles on the clock. It has always been serviced by a Ford dealer. The next service will be its eighth. Will that be a major or interim service?"
I'd recommend getting a major service. The brake fluid will probably need changing, along with the fuel and air filter. It'll also need new oil and a filter. If it hasn't been done already, I would recommend having the timing belt, tensioner and water pump changed. It should be done every 50,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first).
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Will a used Fiat 500 be reliable?
"I’m looking for a new car as my last one was written off in an accident that wasn’t my fault. I have a fairly low budget of £4000. My friend has offered to sell me her 2013 Fiat 500 with around 60,000 miles on it for £2000. I know it’s a good deal, however, I’m worried about the age and mileage. Fiats don’t have the best reputation either. Do you have any advice? Thanks."
The Fiat 500 is a stylish little car. But it has an awful record for reliability, with lots of reported faults: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/fiat/500-2007/ Given your budget, I'd recommend a Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol or a Suzuki Swift 1.2 petrol.
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What does a Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) cost?

Buy new from £13,231 (list price from £16,620)
Contract hire from £167.81 per month