Review: Ford Fiesta (2017)


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.

Ford Fiesta (2017): At A Glance

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

What does a Ford Fiesta (2017) cost?

List Price from £16,115
Buy new from £12,816
Contract hire from £167.81 per month

Ford Fiesta (2017): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4040–4065 mm
Width 1941 mm
Height 1466–1476 mm
Wheelbase 2494 mm

Full specifications

Ford has given the Fiesta a more 'grown-up' identity and that shows in the cabin, which has a classy uncluttered layout, with a floating touchscreen system that is very easy to use. The plastics feel sturdy and there are plenty of plush, soft-touch areas. But that said, it doesn’t provide the same big car feel you get in the latest SEAT Ibiza, which nails small luxury perfectly.

There’s a reasonable amount of rear leg and headroom if you pick the five-door model, though taller front seat occupants will impinge on the amount of space available for those in the back. Small children will be fine though – and there is a three-door model if you’re not going to need to use the back seats too often.

Rear load space is good for a small hatchback at 303 litres, but there is a big load lip to lift heavy objects over when loading or unloading. You can fold the rear seat backs down, liberating 984 litres of space, but the seat backs merely flop forward, so there’s no long, flat deck for those all-important flat pack boxes to rest on.

Equipment levels are a good if you give the basic Style trim level a miss. Everything else gets the touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, so you can mirror your smartphone apps like Spotify and Google Maps in the in-car touchscreen.

Safety is taken care of by lane keep assistance, automatic headlights and a speed limiter, all fitted as standard. There are also plenty of more enjoyable technologies on offer, particularly if you opt for one of the B&O models with its powerful audio system, engineered specifically for the Fiesta.

If you want the ultimate in Fiesta then you can even get a Vignale version, which has a more upmarket cabin with quilted leather upholstery, as well as access to fancy Vignale customer service at dealerships. But with prices that start just short of £20,000, you’d have to really, really like the Fiesta to want one.

Specifications (from July 2017)

Style has 15-inch steel wheels, manual air conditioning, body coloured bumpers, chrome upper grille, electrically operated door mirrors with side indicators, ESP, 'NCAP Pack' (including lane keeping aid and alert, speed limiter, rear seatbelt reminder, auto headlamps), Ford MyKey, tyre repair kit, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth. 

Zetec adds 15-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels, Ford SYNC DAB radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 2xUSB sockets, front fog lamps, chrome belt line finisher, Thatcham alarm, Quickclear heated windscreen, Ford MyKey, leather steering wheel with remote audio controls and cruise control.

Titanium includes 16-inch 10-sppke alloys, LED signature rear lights, power folding door mirrors with puddle lights, rear privacy glass, 4.2-inch TFT digital instrument cluster screen, auto high beam lights, driver alert, 8-inch 'floating' touchscreen with navigation, electronic automatic temperature control, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror and a centre console armrest with illuminated cupholders.

Titanium X adds electric rear windows, keyless entry and start, part-leather heated front seats, heated steering wheel, B&O Play premium audio system plus a rear view camera. 

ST-Line includes 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, ST-Line body kit including rear spoiler, sports tuned suspension, sports front seats, sports pedals, ST-Line flat bottomed steering wheel, keyless start, Ford SYNC DAB radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two USB sockets.

ST-Line X adds LED rear light signature, power folding mirrors with puddle lights, 4.2-inch TFT dgital instrument cluster screen, auto high beam lights, driver alert, 8-inch 'floating' touchscreen with navigation, electronic automatic temperature control, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror along with a centre console armrest with illuminated cupholders.

Vignale includes 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lamps with cornering lights, Vignale-specific body kit, openable panoramic glass roof, leather heated front seats, heated steering wheel, rear view camera with parking sensors and electric rear windows.

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What's the Ford Fiesta (2017) like to drive?

The Ford Fiesta is blessed with an excellent engine range. Even the most basic 1.1-litre Ti-VCT engine is surprisingly quiet and punchy, with 75PS or 85PS versions available. But we’d pick one of the three EcoBoost petrol engines, available with 100PS, 125PS or 140PS.

All three have strong performance that belies their small capacity, plus they are all surprisingly refined, with barely engine noise at town or motorway cruising speeds. They do make a pleasant growl when pushed hard on a country road though – and none will leave you wanting when it comes to performance.

There’s also a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine for those who value economy over all else, with 85 or 120PS. But it’s not exactly good value unless you cover really long distances. Luckily the Fiesta is a surprisingly competent motorway car despite its small size, with little wind or road noise and handy tech on offer like lane keep assistance and cruise control.

Ford knows how to make a fun-to-drive car and the Fiesta is no exception. Take it to a typical, uneven, broken British B road and it won’t break a sweat, maintaining traction over surfaces that bounce cars like the Nissan Micra around. The steering, gear change and pedals are all really well-weighted too, giving a feeling of connection without being too heavy.

That fun-to-drive character is present whatever trim level you choose, but if you’re particularly enthusiastic about driving then an ST-Line model will suit best. These get sportier styling, but also a different suspension set up that reduces roll in bends and firms up the ride overall.

The Fiesta is perfectly at home in town too, with light controls and decent visibility. It’s easy to park – but to make it even easier there is an optional automated parking system that slots the car into parallel or bay spaces semi-automatically, with the drive only operating the gears and pedals.

If you have older children who might want to borrow your Fiesta, there is MyKey. Standard across the range it lets the owner configure one of the keys to restrict some features – like limiting the maximum audio volume or play warning sounds when a particular speed is exceeded. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.0T EcoBoost 100 58–60 mpg 10.5 s 97 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 100 Automatic 50–50 mpg 12.2 s 118 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 100 Powershift 50 mpg 12.2 s 118 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 125 58–60 mpg 9.9 s 98 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 140 55–58 mpg 9.0 s 102 g/km
1.1 Ti-VCT 55–64 mpg 14.0–14.9 s 101–114 g/km
1.5 TDCi 120 66–67 mpg 9.0 s 89 g/km
1.5 TDCi 85 74 mpg 12.5 s 82–103 g/km

Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta (2017)

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Average performance


Real MPG

28–71 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Ford Fiesta (2017)?

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Can you recommend a small, economical car to replace my ageing Micra?

I drive a Nissan Micra and it's getting old (2006, 110,000 miles) so I'm looking at what to buy next. I would like something similar regarding economy of fuel and reliability; nothing has ever gone wrong with my current car. However, I would really like to get something just slightly bigger so passengers are less squashed. I'm doubting I can improve upon the Micra, but value your opinion. The new Micra seems more flimsy in its body work, or am I wrong about this?
While the Micra used to be a really robust, reliable little car, it's true that the latest models don't have quite the same reputation. We'd recommend a Honda Jazz. It's a very reliable car and more practical than most small cars. Also consider a Hyundai i20 or Ford Fiesta.
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