4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Eighth generation Fiesta is compact, complete, and competent

Ford Fiesta Hatchback (17 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £18,655 - £26,365
Used price £5,895 - £26,500
Used monthly cost From £147 per month
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 65.7 mpg
Road tax cost £165
Insurance group 2 - 30 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Well-made
  • Well-equipped
  • Good to drive

CONS

  • Not that cheap now
  • 75hp 1.1-litre is slow
  • A few cheap plastics

Ford Fiesta Hatchback rivals

Written by Richard Kilpatrick on

Part of Britain’s landscape since 1976, the Ford Fiesta barely needs an introduction. It has evolved, over eight generations, into a thoroughly accomplished small car, and topped the sales charts in 2019 and 2020 with good reason. Facelifted for 2022, it remains a highly appealing option though following the industry trend, there is no longer a three-door model.

This is a competitive space, with the SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Renault Clio and Hyundai i20 all making strong cases for you to choose them over the Ford, yet the Fiesta usually wins on paper and more importantly, in emotion. It’s technically good, yes – but it’s also very likeable.

If you’ve been driving bigger family cars for a few years and want to downsize, put memories of tinny, rattly Fiestas out of your mind. The Fiesta Mk8 is solid, refined and fully equipped with the kind of technology you might not expect to find on a small car. Adaptive cruise control with lane keeping, adaptive headlights, climate control and advanced, connected infotainment are all available and reasonably priced. There’s even a varied range of vibrant and pastel shades, should you be tired of the endless sea of grey and silver cars on the road now.

Ford’s unique skill is finding what people really want, and delivering it, so there are luxury models with Vignale trim and softer suspension, rather than the ST-Line’s sportier setup. You can also get a mildly-rugged version, the Ford Fiesta Active, and naturally there’s a high-performance option in the shape of the Ford Fiesta ST.

Technology has improved over the lifetime of this model, so nearly-new and used examples won’t have the fully digital dashboard or adaptive headlights for example, but they’re generally well equipped compared to contemporary rivals.

Under the bonnet you’ll find turbocharged, three-cylinder mild-hybrid engines with two exceptions. The Fiesta 1.1 Ti-VCT offers a simpler, slower 75hp model if you want to keep things simple, and the Fiesta ST features a 1.5-litre turbo with 200hp for rather impressive performance. If you want a diesel, or a three-door, you’ll need to look at nearly-new or used Ford Fiestas now.

It’s about as practical as you could fairly expect for a modern small car; there is room for four adults, the boot is big enough for a good shop or smaller baby buggies and kit, and the seats fold for those occasional furniture-carrying duties. You can get a more rugged-looking version in the Fiesta Active, and there’s an option of an automatic as well. Pretty much everything you could ask for (other than ‘a bigger car’) is covered by the Fiesta range.

Where it stands apart is in how well it drives. Choose mid-range or entry level specifications and they’re quiet, comfortable and refined, opt for a sporty ST-Line or ST and the handling is engaging and fun, if a little firm. The steering feel is natural and well-weighted, with great feedback, and overall, you never find it behaves unpredictably. The mild hybrid will occasionally surprise you with how much punch it has in-gear, too.

Over the past two generations Ford has turned the Fiesta from an acceptable entry-level small car, into a genuinely desirable supermini, very effectively, The 2022 facelift is the best yet. Is this the right car for you? Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Ford Fiesta and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

Ford Fiesta Hatchback rivals

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