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Ford Fiesta (2017–)

Last updated 21 February 2019

Most versions good to drive, especially ST-Line but significantly more refined. Comfortable and practical. Comes with active safety technology as standard.
Several Fiesta models including Vignale now list at more than £20,000.
Updated 21 February 2019

Report of failure of the manual transmission of a 2018 Ford Fiesta 1.1 Zetec bought at 9 months old. On attempting to drive it howem the new owner found he could not change gear. The car was then recovered...

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The latest Ford Fiesta takes everything that has given its predecessors so much success – practicality, sensible pricing and great handling – and adds in extra comfort, refinement and technology. It’s easily one of the best small hatchbacks on the market.

Perfectly set up for British roads, with revised suspension and slightly deeper profile tyres, the Fiesta irons out rough roads and potholes plus is surprisingly quiet on the motorway. Yet it still has excellent, communicative steering and a light gear change. That means it’s great to drive on a B road and makes light work of corners.

It’s not just good to drive though – it’s full of useful technology. Even even the basic Style model comes with lane keep assistance and a speed limiter. That’s about all it does come with though – but go for the still well-priced Zetec model and you’ll get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with alloy wheels and a Quickclear heated windscreen.

Three and five-door versions are available with the latter providing better rear space for passengers, with reasonable leg and headroom. The boot as a good side and shape, though there is a sizeable load lip to lift heavy items over and the rear seats don’t fold flat – so for bulky objects like flat packs it could be better.

The entry-level 1.1-litre Ti-VCT 3-cylinder petrol engine is surprisingly quiet and powerful enough for town, but we’d recommend one of the 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engines, with 100PS, 125PS or 140PS, since they provide excellent performance and refinement. There’s also a surprisingly sporty 1.5-litre TDCi 120HP with 270Nm torque diesel, for long distance drivers.

With a huge range of trim levels, a good selection of engines, great driving dynamics and the latest safety technology, the Ford Fiesta does everything a small hatchback needs to do – and does it well. It’s also well-priced and well-made, so expect to see it at the top of the sales charts for a few more years to come.

Significantly, after all the trouble with Getrag Powershift dry clutch packs, Ford has reverted to a "6-speed torque converter automatic" for the 2018 Fiesta.

Ford Fiesta 2017 Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCI ST-Line 2017 Road Test

Owners' reviews

too many drawbacks to recommend
Does everthing I want a car to do
Great drive,very reliable
Water ingress in Parking sensor connections - Park Assist Malfunction on delivery
Much improved over the old car,
A good all round performer

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