Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) Review

Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017) At A Glance


+Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder.

-Lots of strong hatchback competition around. Increasing number of complaints surrounding the turbo degas pipe.

Insurance Groups are between 3–19
On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure

The updated version of the Ford Fiesta, Britain’s favourite car, went on sale in early 2013 with sharper styling and a host of new technological features. The front end gets Ford's new trapezoidal grille plus ‘laser-cut’ headlights with daytime running lights. The interior also gains minor tweaks with minor revisions to the centre console and trim.

The most important addition to the Fiesta range is the inclusion of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in 100PS and 125PS outputs, which premiered in the Focus. Winner of ‘International Engine of the Year’ the three-cylinder turbocharged unit returns a claimed 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2, which means free car tax.

The Fiesta is extremely nimble and composed, which makes it ideal for town and motorway driving. Ride quality is improved through a combination of more compliant suspension and deeper profile tyres. Friction has been taken out of the steering making it feel sharper from the straight ahead position.

There’s plenty of new technology including ‘SYNC,’ which provides Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control and emergency assistance. Active City Stop is offered, which helps drivers avoid low speed accidents by applying the brakes if a collision is imminent.

Another important feature is MyKey, which provides parents with a second key for their children. This second key is programmed with parameters set by the parents, for instance limiting top speed, setting off warning sounds if they forget their seatbelts and limiting the maximum volume of the radio, among other things. It’s a useful addition to a car that’s always popular with learners and new drivers.

There are few small hatchbacks on the UK market that come close to matching the Ford for all round ability, efficiency and comfort. The Fiesta is driver-friendly, spacious and great fun on the road. Standard kit is also impressive, with base models getting air conditioning, hill start assist and a body coloured rear spoiler. 

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125 2013 Road Test

Ford Fiesta ST 2013 Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Powershift 2014 Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec S 140 Red Edition Road Test

Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost Long Term Test

Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta (2013 – 2017)


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


Real MPG

29–77 mpg

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What is the Ford Fiesta like for motorway driving?
"What is a 1.2 Ford Fiesta 2013 like on the motorway? "
The Ford Fiesta 1.25 isn't very quick but it's reliable and cheap to run. The 0-62mph sprint takes a leisurely 17 seconds, which means you have to work the engine and gearbox quite hard to reach motorway cruising speeds. The engine is also a bit noisy, as you only have five gears. That said, once you are up to 70mph, the 1.25 petrol engine is comfortable enough and Real MPG suggests it'll return 40+mpg on the road. The key benefit of this engine is found in its reliability - it's near bulletproof. I haven't heard of a single complaint about this engine in all of my time at I actually owned a 2010 Fiesta 1.25 some years ago, before selling it on to a family member. It hasn't missed a beat and is still going strong today, after 150,000 miles.
Answered by Dan Powell
Ford Fiesta EcoBoost - do I need to change the cam belt?
"I have been told by my garage that it’s advisable to change the cam belt on my 2015 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost but it has only done 45,000 miles. Is this advice correct? "
Unless there is a problem with the engine or belt, this is incorrect. The 1.0 EcoBoost uses a wet belt system that runs the belt in oil and allows it to operate up to 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first) between changes.
Answered by Dan Powell
Which reliable, small used car should I buy?
"I am in South Africa and for the equivalent of around £5,000 I have narrowed down my used car choices to a Honda Jazz Mark 2, Mk 7 Fiesta 1.4/1.6 and first gen Hyundai i20 (mileage in the range of 50,000 to 75,000 for all). I'm looking to get at least 5 years hassle-free use out of the car and I do about 10,000 miles a year. Would be a plus if the car is good to drive. For the equivalent mileage, the Jazz is generally a bit pricier here than the other two options, but would consider paying more if it's worth it. "
The Jazz is more expensive in the UK, too, but would generally be considered the most reliable car of the three you mention. It's fun to drive, especially if you go for the manual gearbox, which has a slick, precise feel. We have a list of all the issues we're aware of on each car. Jazz: Fiesta: i20:
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend an alternative to the Renault Modus?
"I have a Renault Modus petrol 1.6 and it has failed its MoT big time! I love everything about this car, can you suggest any similar cars I could look at? I only do about 3,000 miles per year. My budget is approx £5,000. "
We'd recommend a Honda Jazz. It's a bit like a Modus (with a big boot for its relatively compact dimensions) but should be more reliable. You should be able to get a tidy example from around 2011 within budget. Alternatively, if something a bit more conventional appeals, consider a Ford Fiesta with the dependable 1.25-litre petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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