Ford Fiesta Review 2022

Ford Fiesta 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 £18,930, brokers can source from £19,633
Insurance Groups are between 5–17
On average it achieves 78% 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.

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.

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Ford Fiesta review.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a first car?
"I am wondering what first cars are good for a student, which are enjoyable to drive, look reasonably stylish and wouldn't cause my insurance to be above £1,200 per year."
A Ford Fiesta could be a good option. They're great to drive, cheap to run and there are loads about (so you can be picky when searching for a used example). Alternatively, consider a small city car like the Kia Picanto or Volkswagen Up. This guide might be useful:
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which small used automatics do you recommend?
"Which small used cars have CVT? Should I consider others with DSG?"
In terms of small cars with CVTs, we'd recommend the Toyota Yaris or Honda Jazz. If you're looking for a twin-clutch auto, both the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo get our seal of approval.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Ford Fiesta faulty heater - can I claim?
"My car is a 17 reg Ford Fiesta petrol EcoBoost with a 1-litre engine. In the last month the heater fan has ceased to work on two occasions in any position except four, the highest. Each time the repair was done by fitting a new resistor. The latest repair has failed again. My local main Ford dealer now thinks that to effect a proper repair a new heater motor will have to be fitted. They say that five and a half hours labour will be required as access has to be carried out through the dashboard. The new motor will cost approximately £400 and the total bill will come to just over £1,000. Obviously I am disappointed as in 60 years of motoring I have never experienced a similar problem. Although out of warranty I have asked the dealer to enquire if Ford would be prepared to make a contribution to the cost. I bought the car from new from the same Ford dealer and it has been regularly serviced since. Do you think that it’s acceptable for a heater fan to require to be replaced so early?"
Was the previous work done under warranty? If so, why didn't the workshop investigate the cause of the resister failure? I would expect a competent mechanic to do this when the resistor failed for the second time, as it was pretty obvious there was a deeper problem with the heating system. If the dealer doesn't help with the cost, make a formal complaint to the service manager as the faulty heater motor should have been picked up sooner.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is it time to dispose of my car?
"I have a 2011 Mazda 2 TS2 which has covered only 29,000 miles. I have owned it since 2014 and am the second owner. I recently had it serviced by a Mazda specialist who I know and trust. He recommended Dinitrol treatment at a cost of £350 if I was going to keep the car otherwise I would have corrosion problems underneath e.g. to the rear chassis. The MoT is due in January and I think it will pass but I am reluctant to spend £350 in this way on a 10-year old car. We can afford to change it for something newer and have mainly bought low-mileage cars or demonstrators in the past. Online valuations vary between approx. £1,600 and £3,000. The car runs well, has a new Varta battery and good tyres. There are one or two dents - should I have these rectified before selling or trading? What would you recommend as a replacement? Prior to owning the Mazda we ran a Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP and a couple of Volkswagen Polos. I have looked online so far at Skoda Fabias, SEAT Ibizas and the smaller Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Volkswagen Up. I have also looked at Suzuki and Toyota (Yaris). I won't buy anything French. Used prices have "gone through the roof" it appears. I would not want to spend more than £12,000 (less whatever I receive in part exchange or by selling privately). We own two other cars - a 2011 Mazda MX-5 2.0 SE Roadster Coupe and a Skoda Yeti 1.2TSI SEL. We are both in our 70s and don't do much mileage in any of the cars. If only we could buy a small car with the handling of the MX-5! "
A shortage in new cars means used car prices are inflated at the moment. As you've found, this means you might be surprised by your Mazda's value. It also means a replacement might be more expensive than it would be otherwise. If you really want to cash in on the current situation, perhaps you could sell the Mazda 2 now and use one of your other cars until prices of newer models drop? It's difficult to say when this will be, however. It certainly sounds like a good time to sell your Mazda if a specialist is warning you of rust issues. Don't bother repairing dents – no one expects perfect bodywork on a car of this age. As a replacement, take a look at a Ford Fiesta. It handles very well (if not quite as well as your MX-5) while there are lots available on the used market. We'd also recommend the latest Volkswagen Polo. If you like Mazdas, the current Mazda 2 is well worth a look, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Ford Fiesta cost?

Buy new from £19,633(list price from £23,360)