Ford Fiesta (2017) Review

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Ford Fiesta (2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Ford Fiesta is the first car many people ever drive and, for many, it’s all the car they will ever need. Its versatility, low running costs and practicality are all at their best in this generation of Ford’s superlative hatchback.

+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.

New prices start from £13,965, brokers can source from £13,378
Insurance Groups are between 11–16
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, three- and five-door body styles, a hot hatch model and even a crossover-style Active version. All of this is backed up with strong build quality and driving manners that leave all of the Ford’s rivals wondering which way it went on a country road thanks to its supreme ride and handling balance.

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Many cars get larger as they are replaced with a new generation, but Ford has resisted this with its current eighth incarnation of the Fiesta. Instead, the present bearer of this illustrious name manages to feel more grown up and provide more interior space all while occupying much the same space on the road as the old car it replaced in 2017.

For this Ford, the more considered, mature approach is one that works ideally as you can still aspire to a Fiesta as your first car after passing the driving test or pick one as a replacement for a more expensive, larger car without feeling like you are giving up any of life’s rewards.

As with every Fiesta that has gone before, this one comes in a giddying array of trims, engines and specs to let buyers hone the car to their preferences. There are the hot hatch ST and off-roady Active versions for even more variation on the theme.

Sticking to the main Fiesta range, it comes in three- and five-door hatchback forms to lock horns with the Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo, as well as the Hyundai i20, Renault Clio, SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia and Toyota Yaris. That strength and depth of competition means the Fiesta can only ever be on top form if it wants to stay as one of the best-selling cars in its class.

To achieve that aim, the Fiesta offers a more refined drive than its predecessor to tackle the Polo head-on for comfort. It also serves up more grip and cornering prowess to keep the Renault Clio at bay, while more luxurious versions even have the ability to give the MINI and Audi A1 a run for their considerable money.

Doing all of this requires the Fiesta to be offered in a broad range of trims. You can choose from the entry-point Trend, which replaced the Zetec in mid-2019, Titanium, Titanium X, ST-Line and Vignale. With the ST-Line, you get a firmer suspension arrangement that shows just how brilliant the Fiesta can be when allowed to shine on a twisting country road.

The other models in the line-up have a softer set-up that confers greater comfort on the Ford supermini, though you certainly wouldn’t complain about their nimble handling or steering with bags of feel.

More importantly for the majority of customers for these cars is they are quieter at all speeds and come packed with plenty of kit, including the ‘floating’ infotainment screen and lane departure warning as standard.

As well as the spread of trims to choose from, you have three 1.0-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol engines to select from with 100-, 125- and 140PS, plus a 1.1-litre with 85PS as the lowest rung on the ladder. For diesel fans, Ford offers two 1.5-litre Duratorq motors in 85- and 120PS outputs.

All of these engines come with six-speed manual gearboxes, except the 1.1 that uses a five-speeder. If you want an auto, the 100PS 1.0 is the only Fiesta for you.

Such a wide offering is typical of the Ford Fiesta and why it remains the small hatch for just about everyone.

Ask Honest John

I want to lease a small car. Is there a time of year when better deals are offered?
"I currently drive a Land Rover Freelander but I'm considering changing to a smaller leased car for a few years until the newer hybrids improve on distance. I live in a rural area so would need at least a 250-mile guaranteed range. I'm considering something like a Citreon C3 or Vauxhall Corsa, but will consider any economical smaller car/hatchback with room for my dogs. When is the best time of year to lease? Is there anything to be aware of, like fees and charges? I would expect an annual mileage of around 8000. Thanks."
There isn't really a set time of year that's good for getting an affordable lease deal. Keep an eye on leasing sites – there are quite often 'flash deals' when there's a surplus of cars that need to be shifted. You might notice that the deals available are slightly better towards the end of the month when dealers have targets to meet. That's especially true towards the end of quarters. It's worth looking during quiet periods – over Christmas, for example. Being flexible about which cars (and trim level) you want will also help you get a better deal. As a step towards an electric vehicle, consider a hybrid like the new Toyota Yaris or Honda Jazz. Both are great cars, combining a petrol engine with an electric motor. They'll never need charging but are more efficient than petrol alternatives. If you'd prefer a standard petrol model, we'd recommend a Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which small cars have the most comfortable, adjustable seats?
"Can you please recommend a Volkswagen Polo sized car with comfortable front seats and a full range of adjustment (lumber and height) on the passenger seat?"
A Volkswagen Polo is actually a very good choice. It's one of our favourite small cars with comfortable seats and adjustable lumbar support. We'd recommend a Ford Fiesta, too – Titanium X models and above get lumbar adjustment on the front seats.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My 2018 Ford Fiesta has developed a slight engine rumble. What could it be?
"My 2018 Ford Fiesta has developed a slight rumble from the engine when coming to a stop and the stop-start kicks in. I can feel the vibration when braking. Can you please advise?"
The vibration could be linked to a faulty spark plug, loose hose or broken engine mount. The most serious concern would be an issue with the timing belt (which can also cause vibration if the belt is loose or misaligned). Whatever the cause, you should get it checked by a professional mechanic.
Answered by Dan Powell
My 4-year-old Ford Fiesta has broken coil springs on both sides. Can I ask for a manufacturer contribution?
"My 4-year-old, 25,000-mile Ford Fiesta has developed a clunk at the rear. This has turned out to be broken coil springs on both sides. Is it reasonable to ask for a manufacturer contribution to the cost of replacement?"
If the car has a full dealer-stamped service history then it's worth asking your local dealer to make a 'goodwill contribution' to Ford UK. Given the age of the car, I'd hazard a guess that the failure is linked to potholes or speed bumps. I would not expect corrosion to affect a car that's just four-year-old.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Ford Fiesta (2017) cost?

Buy new from £13,378 (list price from £16,620)