2017 Ford Fiesta full details

  • Full specs and insight into new Fiesta supermini
  • Upmarket Vignale and jacked-up Active crossover to join range
  • New 1.1-litre petrol, plus Ecoboost petrols and TDCi diesels

The UK's best-selling car - the Ford Fiesta has been given a complete overhaul. Order books are open now at prices less than £13,000 for an entry-level Fiesta Style.

Ford has left no stone unturned in updating its super-selling supermini, offering more space inside, economical new engines, slick technology and a much more modern design – inside and out.

Two new versions have been added to the range – a luxury Vignale trim, and a high-riding Active crossover model on top of the usual familiar Ford trim levels.

New from the wheels up, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is sharp to drive, well equipped and great value for money

The Fiesta is on sale now in Style, Zetec and Titanium trims, with ST-Line, Active and Vignale models coming later.

The new car – available in three and five-door form – grows by 71mm in length. This takes it to 4,040mm, meaning it’s a few centimetres shorter than the Renault Clio but bigger than most supermini owners will be used to, resulting in extra space for passengers.

Choose from five petrol and two diesel engines

Engines vary from an entry-level 1.1-litre petrol with 70 or 85hp and economy-focused 85hp diesel, to a new 120hp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and the same punchy turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol motors available in the current car. A more powerful performance-oriented ST model is also joining the range at a later date.

Least expensive are the five-speed manual 1.1-litre petrol models with 70hp and 85hp, which emit from 101g/km – meaning claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg. Completing the petrol line-up will be 100hp, 125hp and 140hp versions of the current car’s 1.0-litre motor. 

2017 Ford Fiesta

All 1.0-litre models will come with six-speed manual gearboxes as standard with emissions from 97g/km – equivalent to around 65.7mpg. An automatic version of the 100hp version is also available, complete with steering wheel-mounted shifting paddles. Two 1.5-litre diesel motors are on offer – one with 85hp, the other 120hp.

The less powerful diesel should emit just 82g/km – meaning likely claimed economy of 88.3mpg – only just matching the current most frugal Fiesta, despite that car having an additional 20hp. Offering a more impressive blend of power and low fuel consumption will be the more powerful diesel, which emits 89g/km – also capable of reaching 88.3mpg claimed economy.

Six trims available including new Vignale and Active versions

New for the Fiesta will be upmarket Vignale trim and an Active model, which gains raised suspension and plastic body cladding for an off-roader-esque look.

Vignale models cost from £19,345 and feature large 17-inch alloy wheels, specific colours and exterior trim, a distinctive front grille and hexagonal-quilted leather seats, panoramic sunroof and a rear view camera with parking sensors. Premium features like these should help the Fiesta compete with pricier cars like the MINI Hatch and Audi A1.

2017 Ford Fiesta

The Active (below), meanwhile, will feature different suspension to the standard Fiestas, roof bars and additional plastic trim to offer what Ford describes as 'rugged SUV-inspired styling'.

Off-roader style Active versions of other Fords will also be rolled out in the near future.

2017 Ford Fiesta Active

ST-Line will be carried over from the current car, letting buyers opt for sporty styling inside and out and sharp handling, without having to go for the range-topping ST performance model.

This trim comes with unique 17-inch alloy wheels, sporty exterior styling, sports seats and firmer suspension plus a flat-bottomed steering wheel. ST-Line X adds some extra equipment shared with Titanium models to add more tech.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST-Line

Kicking off the new range is entry-level Style, followed by Zetec which weighs in with additional equipment and a more sporty feel for a slight premium. They come with the following kit as standard:

Style (from £12,715): electric door mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, electric front windows, air-conditioning, automatic headlights and lane-keep assist. 

Zetec (from £14,215): 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, LED daytime running lights, heated front windscreen, Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with DAB radio, 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Titanium (from £16,145) trim – which accounted for 48% of Fiestas sold in 2016 – is also carried over and will offer a long list of standard kit, while slotting below Vignale models in price.

It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, power folding mirrors, privacy glass, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers with auto high-beam, climate control and traffic sign recognition. 

Titanium X (from £17,495) trim adds a Bang & Olufsen Play sound system, a rear view camera, part-leather seats, keyless entry and ignition and electric rear windows.

The B&O Play sound system can be specified on Zetec and Titanium models, coming as trim levels in their own right, coming with a choice of trim-specific exterior colours with matching interior trim accents.

To see how the different trim levels look, Ford's configurator will let you specify your ideal model.

New personalisation options on offer

Buyers are now able to personalise their cars much more – mirroring the trend seen in other small cars such as the Vauxhall Adam, which offer a rapidly increasing number of ways to make your car stand out visually.

 Options include contrasting roof colours and door mirror caps – in black, white, mint or copper shades. Interior trim, on the other hand, are available in red, yellow, mint, blue or copper hues.

2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford is billing the new version of the Fiesta supermini as 'the world’s most technologically advanced small car'. Backing this up, the 2017 Fiesta gains a raft of new safety kit – everything that is available on Ford’s range-topping Edge SUV – plus luxury kit from a heated steering wheel to a high-end sound system.

Big-car luxury equipment available on Fiesta

The Fiesta might still be a small car, but it can be packed with high-end kit if you’re willing to delve a little deeper into your wallet.

2017 Ford Fiesta

Options available include a heated steering wheel to keep your fingers warm on chilly winter mornings, a full-length opening panoramic glass roof and a B&O Play hi-fi. This 675-watt system comes with 10 speakers and a boot-mounted subwoofer for much higher quality audio than you’d typically get in this class of car.

Ford supermini gains much improved media system

Adding to the new car’s more modern feel over its predecessor is the range the infotainment systems available. Topping the line-up is an 8.0-inch infotainment system with a high-definition touchscreen.

This answers one of the main criticisms of the current car – its cluttered dashboard and small screen – with around half the number of buttons than before.

2017 Ford Fiesta

A 6.5-inch version is also available, sharing the larger system’s SYNC 3 voice control software. This lets the driver control audio settings, satellite navigation and connected smartphones with simple, conversational voice commands.

Tell the car 'I need a coffee' and it will find the nearest cafes, or say 'I need petrol and it will find the closest petrol station. It can also direct you to local car park if you ask it to.

2017 Ford Fiesta

Furthermore, these top two systems are compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play for maximum phone compatibility. More affordable models come with a 4.2-inch colour screen with a dash-top dock for mounting and charging phones and navigation devices.

Meanwhile, Bluetooth connectivity and two USB ports are standard across the range, while DAB radio can also be had on all models.

Fiesta available with active crash-avoidance tech

The new Fiesta comes complete with two cameras, three radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors to help the car read the road all around it to pre-empt any crashes. No fewer than 15 safety systems are available.

These include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which can help prevent collisions at night – spotting people who are in the road ahead or might cross the vehicle’s path.

2017 Ford Fiesta

An Active Park Assist feature, on the other hand, can park the car for you and apply the brakes to prevent low-speed prangs if it senses that you are going to bump into the car next to you – whether you’re going forwards or backwards. This kit will be able to park the car hands-free both nose-to-tail and side-by-side with other cars.

Other safety features include Traffic Sign Recognition, which will flag up the speed limit on the dashboard, Adaptive Cruise Control, which will be able to maintain a safe distance behind the car in front – regardless of whether that car slows down or speeds up and an adjustable speed limiter. Additional systems can keep you in your lane and warn you of vehicles approaching from behind.

New Ford Fiesta: in numbers

  • Prices start at £12,715
  • Fiesta grows by 71mm in length over predecessor
  • It's also 12mm wider compared with old model
  • Two cameras, three radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors onboard
  • The car is 7% quieter than before at 62mph
  • The doors require 20% less effort to close
  • The glovebox grows by 20% over old version
  • Optional 675-watt sound system is available
  • Front wheels are 30mm further apart for added grip
  • Cornering grip is up by 10%
  • Braking distances fall by 8%
  • 15- to 18-inch alloy wheels available
  • Wipers clear 13% more of the windscreen

Will the Ford Fiesta be cheap to finance and run?

On the face of it, it seems so. Figures of £116 per month for a PCP on a Zetec and £150 on a Titanium have been quoted, albeit with a relatively large £5,000 deposit and reasonable 2.9% APR over 36 months.

Insurance groups range from 2E up to 15E, so it’s at the cheaper end of the spectrum here too, and fuel economy and tax bills are very low indeed thanks to a recent range of high-tech engines.

But if you want the full breakdown compared with its rivals, click here for our Finance Editor's assessment of the launch deals.

2017 Ford Fiesta

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