Ford Fiesta (2017) Review

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Ford Fiesta (2017) At A Glance

5/5
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 £14,995
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

Can you recommend a punchy hatchback to replace our old Corsa?
"We need to replace our 10-year-old Vauxhall Corsa. It needs to be a 5-door hatchback with a bit of zip. We do mostly local driving. Can you suggest anything, please? Best wishes. "
We'd recommend a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. They're two of the best small hatchbacks on sale today, available with punchy (and economical) turbocharged petrol engines. If you want something a bit different, the Honda Jazz is a versatile and reliable choice with a high seating position. The latest model is sold exclusively as a hybrid, making it cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How can the average driver afford a new electric car?
"I've just read the review of a Polestar 2. A look into the leasing deals on the internet mean that the cost for 36 months is £26K plus running costs. Working out the yearly rate for this vehicle is £8700+ a year. How can Mr Average afford these ridiculous sums of money especially when Boris Johnson has dealt the death blow to petrol and diesel vehicles. I know there are cheaper electric cars but they are still way overpriced."
The Polestar 2 is a premium product and the price reflects this. A Renault Zoe is available on PCP for £269 a month which is comparable to a Ford Fiesta. You'll save on fuel and servicing costs, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What would you recommend to replace a Peugeot 206?
"My Peugeot 206 is nearing the end of its life. Even though it has only done 76,000 miles, there have been too many problems keeping it going. Can you recommend something small, uninspiring, inexpensive and much more reliable? "
A Peugeot 208 could be a good option. The latest model is one of the best little cars on sale and Peugeot's reliability record has improved in recent years. Also consider a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which cars still offer a CD player?
"Which small cars have a CD player?"
CD players are rare on new cars these days – they've largely been replaced by features like Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Ford does offer a CD player as an aftermarket accessory on the Ford Fiesta.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Ford Fiesta (2017) cost?

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