Review: Ford Fiesta Active (2018)

Rating:

'Crossover' version of Ford Fiesta with raised ride height that gives more compliant suspension than standard Fiesta.

Will get you down a bumpy track but not seriously off road.

Ford Fiesta Active (2018): At A Glance

The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car and a brand in itself. Ford also sells the EcoSport, a lacklustre crossover only bought by faithful Ford fans unwilling to consider more competitive rivals.

The firm has decided it needs something in the middle - a car that crosses the venn diagram of enthusiastic Fiesta buyers and the booming crossover market. Enter the Fiesta Active, a beefed-up supermini with an extra 18mm of ride height and some body cladding.

 Buyers can choose a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 85PS, 100PS, 125PS or 140PS guise. Or there's a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 85PS or 120PS. The 100PS petrol is available as an automatic, but the rest come with a manual gearbox.

Ford Fiesta Active 2018 Road Test

What does a Ford Fiesta Active (2018) cost?

List Price from £19,690
Buy new from £15,422
Contract hire from £216.14 per month

Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta Active (2018)

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

73%

Real MPG

28–47 mpg

MPGs submitted

18

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

What have we been asked about the Ford Fiesta Active (2018)?

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I want to replace my aging Ford Ka with something reliable, but a bit more robust - what do you suggest?

I'm looking to change my car in 6-12 months time. I drive a Ford Ka, which I have had since new and it will be six years old this year. I currently drive along a lot of A and B rural roads, so I'm looking for something a bit more robust. However, I'm not sure whether to go down the SUV road or upgrade to a slightly bigger car. Whatever I get will need to be economical and reliable as a priority. Also, I don't have a family to drive around so I'm wondering whether I actually need a very large family car for one person. I would love to have a convertible or something sporty but not sure that's the most practical option. I've got absolutely no idea what to even look at.
How about a Ford Fiesta? It's bigger than your Ka, so will feel more robust, while also being reliable and cheap to run. It's also fun to drive and you could opt for the rugged Active model if you want something a little more SUV-like. Also, consider small crossover SUVs like the new Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Cross. These have higher seating positions - which might be good for the kind of driving you do - without being significantly bigger or more expensive to run than a hatchback. As a left-field choice, if you don't need much in the way of practicality, take a look at a Mazda MX-5. They're reliable and cheap to run, while also being sporty and fun to drive.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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