2019 Ford Fiesta

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Ford Fiesta

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Ford’s popular Fiesta has been on sale for more than 40 years, and consistently tops the UK’s best-seller list (in fact it has retained pole position since 2008). The full range of Fiestas on offer includes an SUV-style Active model, a more sporty ST-Line version and premium Vignale model. In fact, with the different trim levels taken into account, there are more than 20,000 possible iterations of the Fiesta. We’ve tested one of the most popular versions, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost Titanium hatchback.

 

What’s the spec?

You can pretty much have a Fiesta in any colour or interior style you like. Unlike some of its rivals, the Fiesta can still be ordered as a three-door or five-door hatchback. As for specification levels, are you ready? It goes (deep breath): Trend, Titanium, Titanium X, Active 1, Active B&O, Active X, ST-Line, ST-Line X, ST-2, ST-3 and Vignale, and you can spend anything from £15,995 to £21,520 before you weigh up the options.

 

All models, even the base Trend spec, get lane-keeping alert, rear seatbelt reminder, hill-start assist, air-con and electrically operated and heated door mirrors, which is quite an amazing list for £15,995. The top end gives you lashings of leather, wood trim and every conceivable driving aid.

 

Tell me about the exterior and interior

With each new generation of Fiesta, the styling has got a bit meaner, a bit more serious. We love the latest version, with the big Ford family grille and sleeker silhouette. There are more paint colours than you can shake a stick at, and inside the trim choices continue.

Ford has always dealt with dark textiles, plastics and leathers, and the result is a subtle cabin that aims to keep all tastes catered for. That’s unless you go for the ST-Line version, which bigs up its sporty styling with splashes of primary colours on the seats and round the instrument dials.

The infotainment system uses Ford’s Sync 3 technology, which has good functionality but the graphics seem quite plain and old-fashioned. Our satnav took a while to load, too.

There’s generous leg space for such a small car for four adults, and the boot space is a pleasant surprise.

 

How does the Fiesta drive?

This is the Fiesta’s big selling point. You don’t have to be a petrolhead to feel like there’s some serious quality engineering at play here: the cabin is quiet at motorway speeds, there are no nasty shakes or cheap rattles and everything closes, clicks and connects smoothly.

 

The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine we tested is the best small petrol engine on sale right now. It comes with various outputs - in ST-Line specification it will deliver 138bhp; we had the 100bhp version which is a good balance between power and decent fuel economy; the 125 horsepower version might be the better buy for a bit more oomph. Such is the way the engine works, however, it feels more powerful than the figure suggests.

Equally good are Ford’s five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, which have a lovely short, slick movement between the gears.

 

In a nutshell

Based on the new model, there’s no reason why Ford’s Fiesta shouldn’t continue to dominate the car charts in the UK for another 10 years. It has a near-perfect blend of good looks, great performance, generous standard kit and decent pricing. We’re looking forward to an all-electric Fiesta, which, given the mild hybrid technology about to be added to the range, is just a year or two down the line. There are lots of great deals on used Ford Fiesta on finance with ChooseMyCar, as well as the entire Ford range of used cars. 


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Closely related to the Audi A1 is  VW’s baby hatchback, the VW Polo. The latest model has sharp looks and a generous amount of space inside. With a wide choice of small petrol and diesel engines, as well as four different gearboxes, there is a polo to suit everyone. 

The Hyundai i30N Fastback, although more expensive than the Ford Fiesta and Audi A1, has the mix of a hot-hatch attitude with a grown-up body, and with its turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine, will give you an impressive 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds. 

The latest Mini Clubman has had a mid-life facelift and is now a large, more practical car than previous models. Alternatively, the Mini Cooper S still retains its iconic British Mini Hatchback style and is available as a hatch, hot hatch, electric, SUV, estate, and convertible! 

Ford Fiesta For Sale

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium X 5d
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium X 5d

7,181 miles • Manual • Petrol • £13,500

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium

37,289 miles • Automatic • Petrol • £11,250

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec

9,514 miles • Automatic • Petrol • £11,250

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Ford Fiesta 1.1 Trend 5dr
Ford Fiesta 1.1 Trend 5dr

1,334 miles • Manual • Petrol • £12,500

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line X 5dr
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line X 5dr

3,571 miles • Manual • Petrol • £16,000

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Specs

Price £18,320
Drivetrain 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine, six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Performance 100bhp @ 6000rpm, 125lb ft @ 1500rpm
0-62mph 11.2sec
Top speed 112mph
Efficiency 52mpg, 99g/km CO2
Weight 1144kg
Length/width/height 4040/1949/1476mm

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2019 Volkswagen Polo

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  1. Small urban hatchback
  2. Great to drive
  3. Good value
  4. The UK’s top-selling car

Ford’s popular Fiesta has been on sale for more than 40 years, and consistently tops the UK’s best-seller list (in fact it has retained pole position since 2008). The full range of Fiestas on offer includes an SUV-style Active model, a more sporty ST-Line version and premium Vignale model. In fact, with the different trim levels taken into account, there are more than 20,000 possible iterations of the Fiesta. We’ve tested one of the most popular versions, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost Titanium hatchback.

 

What’s the spec?

You can pretty much have a Fiesta in any colour or interior style you like. Unlike some of its rivals, the Fiesta can still be ordered as a three-door or five-door hatchback. As for specification levels, are you ready? It goes (deep breath): Trend, Titanium, Titanium X, Active 1, Active B&O, Active X, ST-Line, ST-Line X, ST-2, ST-3 and Vignale, and you can spend anything from £15,995 to £21,520 before you weigh up the options.

 

All models, even the base Trend spec, get lane-keeping alert, rear seatbelt reminder, hill-start assist, air-con and electrically operated and heated door mirrors, which is quite an amazing list for £15,995. The top end gives you lashings of leather, wood trim and every conceivable driving aid.

 

Tell me about the exterior and interior

With each new generation of Fiesta, the styling has got a bit meaner, a bit more serious. We love the latest version, with the big Ford family grille and sleeker silhouette. There are more paint colours than you can shake a stick at, and inside the trim choices continue.

Ford has always dealt with dark textiles, plastics and leathers, and the result is a subtle cabin that aims to keep all tastes catered for. That’s unless you go for the ST-Line version, which bigs up its sporty styling with splashes of primary colours on the seats and round the instrument dials.

The infotainment system uses Ford’s Sync 3 technology, which has good functionality but the graphics seem quite plain and old-fashioned. Our satnav took a while to load, too.

There’s generous leg space for such a small car for four adults, and the boot space is a pleasant surprise.

 

How does the Fiesta drive?

This is the Fiesta’s big selling point. You don’t have to be a petrolhead to feel like there’s some serious quality engineering at play here: the cabin is quiet at motorway speeds, there are no nasty shakes or cheap rattles and everything closes, clicks and connects smoothly.

 

The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine we tested is the best small petrol engine on sale right now. It comes with various outputs - in ST-Line specification it will deliver 138bhp; we had the 100bhp version which is a good balance between power and decent fuel economy; the 125 horsepower version might be the better buy for a bit more oomph. Such is the way the engine works, however, it feels more powerful than the figure suggests.

Equally good are Ford’s five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, which have a lovely short, slick movement between the gears.

 

In a nutshell

Based on the new model, there’s no reason why Ford’s Fiesta shouldn’t continue to dominate the car charts in the UK for another 10 years. It has a near-perfect blend of good looks, great performance, generous standard kit and decent pricing. We’re looking forward to an all-electric Fiesta, which, given the mild hybrid technology about to be added to the range, is just a year or two down the line. There are lots of great deals on used Ford Fiesta on finance with ChooseMyCar, as well as the entire Ford range of used cars. 


Similar Car Reviews

The Audi A1, which has only been around since 2010 has the 5 door Audi A1 Sportback. Now the second generation A1, it’s extra interior and greatly improved technology makes this a great supermini. 

Closely related to the Audi A1 is  VW’s baby hatchback, the VW Polo. The latest model has sharp looks and a generous amount of space inside. With a wide choice of small petrol and diesel engines, as well as four different gearboxes, there is a polo to suit everyone. 

The Hyundai i30N Fastback, although more expensive than the Ford Fiesta and Audi A1, has the mix of a hot-hatch attitude with a grown-up body, and with its turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine, will give you an impressive 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds. 

The latest Mini Clubman has had a mid-life facelift and is now a large, more practical car than previous models. Alternatively, the Mini Cooper S still retains its iconic British Mini Hatchback style and is available as a hatch, hot hatch, electric, SUV, estate, and convertible! 

Specs

Price £18,320
Drivetrain 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine, six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Performance 100bhp @ 6000rpm, 125lb ft @ 1500rpm
0-62mph 11.2sec
Top speed 112mph
Efficiency 52mpg, 99g/km CO2
Weight 1144kg
Length/width/height 4040/1949/1476mm

Rivals

2019 Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen’s pert Polo has been knocking around for more than 40 years, selling 14 million examples in the process. With a wide choice of small petrol and diesel engines, and four different gearboxes...

Read More

Ford Fiesta For Sale

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium X 5d
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium X 5d

7,181 miles • Manual • Petrol • £13,500

More Details
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium

37,289 miles • Automatic • Petrol • £11,250

More Details
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec

9,514 miles • Automatic • Petrol • £11,250

More Details
Ford Fiesta 1.1 Trend 5dr
Ford Fiesta 1.1 Trend 5dr

1,334 miles • Manual • Petrol • £12,500

More Details
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line X 5dr
Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line X 5dr

3,571 miles • Manual • Petrol • £16,000

More Details
View all Ford Fiesta Cars for Sale

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