Review: Ford Fiesta Active (2018)

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'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.

Recently Added To This Review

25 June 2019

Report of "metallic sounding clunk from around the pedal area when the brake pedal is released, right at the top of travel" of a new Ford Fiesta Active at 1,000 miles. Dealer replaced the brake booster... Read more

19 March 2018 Ford Fiesta Active goes on sale

Fiesta Active models include a rugged bodystyling kit with Active badging and styling cues, rough-road suspension with increased ride height, roof rails, front fog lights and 17in five-spoke alloy wheels... Read more

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

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Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta Active (2018)

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Average performance

73%

Real MPG

35–47 mpg

MPGs submitted

8

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

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What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in bad weather conditions?

What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in wintery conditions? So far we have looked at the Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift and Vauxhall Corsa.
You could look at a Ford Fiesta Active, which has an extra 18mm in ride height which might help on rural roads or in the snow. Alternatively, the Suzuki Swift is available with 4x4 which will aid traction in slippery conditions. Whatever you buy, I'd recommend fitting a set of winter tyres - they make a huge difference in cold weather.
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