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. 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)


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


Real MPG

29–75 mpg

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Should I get a Honda Jazz or Ford Fiesta?
"I've narrowed my search down to a Ford Fiesta 1.0 turboboost or Honda Jazz 1.33. Both are 2016 models with just under 20,000 miles on the clock. I intend to run the car for 10 years and add a further 70,000 miles to the clock in that time. I prefer the Fiesta for driving and refinement. However, I worry about reliability so that makes me lean towards the Jazz. Any advice would be greatly appreciated."
Both great cars but you're right that the Jazz has a better reliability record. Ford's EcoBoost engines can be problematic, but we're certainly seeing fewer reports of issues with later models. With regular servicing, it shouldn't cost a great deal to run – there are many, many happy Fiesta owners out there. See here for common Jazz issues: And Fiesta issues: As a compromise, would you consider a Fiesta with the 1.25-litre engine? It's not as punchy as the 1.0-litre EcoBoost but it'll prove to be very reliable.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What should we replace our 2008 Ford Fiesta with?
"My daughter is selling her 2008 Ford Fiesta. She has £6000 to spend on a used vehicle of Fiesta-size. Suggestions, please?"
Another Fiesta would be a good choice – particularly one with the reliable 1.25-litre petrol engine. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Hyundai i20. It's a great little car and you should be able to find one with the remainder of its five-year warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the most reliable hatchback for £6000?
"I'm looking for a reliable, 5-door hatchback for £6000 and wondered what is the best option? I would really appreciate some solid advice. Cheers."
We'd recommend a Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift or a Ford Fiesta with the reliable 1.25-litre petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
Answered by Dan Powell

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

Buy new from £14,995 (list price from £16,620)