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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating
  • Emergency City Stop a sensible option
  • MyKey allows speed limits to be set

One of the top-ranking small cars, the Ford Fiesta was awarded a top five-star rating for safety in Euro NCAP crash tests.

All cars have dual front, side and driver’s knee airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, all-round three-point seatbelts, and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, while further front side and rear curtain airbags are optional.

An alarm is standard on higher-spec models, remote central locking is fitted to all barring the basic Fiesta and keyless entry is optionally available on most versions that don’t feature it as standard.

Euro NCAP also praised Ford’s MyKey system, which can allow parents to set maximum speed limits and stereo volume limits for their children.

Emergency City Stop is a worthwhile – and inexpensive – option, where at low speeds the car will autonomously brake to a standstill if sensors detect the driver’s doing little about an impending danger.

Fiesta ST models benefit even further with traction control and enhanced stability systems, as well as torque vectoring, which brakes the inner wheels in corners to allow you to carry more speed through bends. It works effectively and unobtrusively.

  • Boot space is competitive despite Fiesta’s age
  • Rear seats don’t fold completely flat
  • ST only available as a three-door

Although this generation of Ford Fiesta was one of the largest cars in its class when it was launched back in 2008, time’s moved on and its rivals have grown, meaning there’s less passenger and boot space here than you’ll find elsewhere.

With the rear seats in place there’s 290 litres of cargo space, expanding to 974 litres with the rear seats folded over, although disappointingly they don’t lie completely flat.

Unlike its predecessor, there’s exactly the same amount of interior space whether you choose a three- or a five-door Fiesta, but obviously there’s a greater convenience having a pair of doors to access the back seats. Just be aware that the sportiest Fiesta STs are only available in three-door form in the UK.

While the boot size is acceptable, the high, curved aperture is less than ideal compared with the squarer openings of more recently-launched rivals. It’s unlikely to be a deal-breaker but parents should ensure they can fit buggies in easily when they test drive one.

On the plus side is a neat innovation first seen on the Mondeo and Focus: Ford's Easyfuel system. It does away with a conventional cap and it’s virtually impossible to fill it with the wrong fuel – it will only allow the right nozzle into the fuel pipe, so you won’t become one of the 250,000 people who mis-fuel their car each year.

High-grade Fiestas also come with keyless entry as standard, a real bonus if your hands are full or you’re in a hurry. With the key fob somewhere about your person, simply grab a handle to unlock the doors and hold your hand against it to re-lock it.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Fiesta (08-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Centura equipment

Centura standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Centura optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Econetic equipment

Econetic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
Econetic optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Traction control

Edge equipment

Edge standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Edge optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

Edge ECOnetic equipment

Edge ECOnetic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Edge ECOnetic optional equipment
None available

Metal equipment

Metal standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Metal optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated seats

S 1600 equipment

S 1600 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
S 1600 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

ST-2 equipment

ST-2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-2 optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-200 equipment

ST-200 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-200 optional equipment
None available

ST-3 equipment

ST-3 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-3 optional equipment
None available

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-Line optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-Line Black equipment

ST-Line Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-Line Black optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-Line Red equipment

ST-Line Red standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
ST-Line Red optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Studio equipment

Studio standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Studio optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Space saver spare wheel

Style equipment

Style standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
Style optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Style + equipment

Style + standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Style + optional equipment
None available

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
Titanium optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Titanium ECOnetic equipment

Titanium ECOnetic standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Titanium ECOnetic optional equipment
None available

Titanium Individual equipment

Titanium Individual standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
Titanium Individual optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Titanium X equipment

Titanium X standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Titanium X optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
Zetec optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Zetec Black equipment

Zetec Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Zetec Black optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Zetec Blue equipment

Zetec Blue standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Zetec Blue optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Zetec ECOnetic equipment

Zetec ECOnetic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Zetec ECOnetic optional equipment
None available

Zetec S equipment

Zetec S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Zetec S optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Zetec S Black equipment

Zetec S Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Zetec S Black optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Zetec S Red equipment

Zetec S Red standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Zetec S Red optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Zetec White equipment

Zetec White standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Zetec White optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Euro NCAP Rating

The Ford Fiesta (08-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and received the following safety ratings:

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.