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Ford Fiesta Hatchback running costs and reliability

1995 - 1999 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 38 - 46 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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With a commendable fuel economy, inexpensive parts, and spacious 10,000-mile service intervals, the running costs are reasonably low. The Encore models have rather miserly equipment levels, but otherwise, you get a fair amount of kit for what you pay for. Although the Fiesta did not offer the best value in its class when new, insurance is affordably low and used prices have tumbled because of high volumes – making the Mk 4 an all-round safe bet.

As the Fiesta is a first-car favourite, it can result in neglect – through inexperience and DIY ignorance – otherwise, everything under the Fiesta’s bonnet should run and run, though it does seem to be a little greedy on tyres. If you keep the Fiesta regularly maintained, it shouldn’t cause you too many problems, although there is a known issue with the waterproofing of the sills – so check these thoroughly to prevent unwanted water damage – and a few electrical niggles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £200 - £325
Insurance group 9 - 15
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