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At a glance

New price £15,985 - £23,250
Lease from new From £187 p/m View lease deals
Used price £5,995 - £17,975
Used monthly cost £150 - £449
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 65.7 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 2 - 16 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Great fun to drive
  • Cheap to run
  • Packed with the latest tech
  • Safer than ever

CONS

  • Some rivals are more practical
  • Finance deals are competitive, but not class-leading
  • Some cheaper-feeling cabin plastics
  • Glass roof severely limits headroom

Ford Fiesta Hatchback rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad on

Generations of people have grown up with the Fiesta nameplate firmly ingrained into their minds - mostly because of its ubiquity. It was the bestselling car of 2019, and you'd struggle to travel more than a few miles in the UK without seeing one.

Why is it so popular? In short, it looks good, is built well, is reasonably priced, spacious, and more fun to drive than it needs to be.

What’s more impressive is the level of competition it goes up against every year, with accomplished offerings such as the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and SEAT Ibiza all counted as rivals. Further additions to the Fiesta range, such as the superb ST performance model and Active version, have broadened its already wide-ranging appeal.

Ford Fiesta engines and specifications

At time of writing, there are 10 trim levels available, plus, petrol and diesel engines are on offer. Trim levels include Trend, Titanium, Titanium X, Active Edition, Active X Edition, ST-Line Edition, ST-Line X Edition, ST-2, ST-3 and Vignale Edition.

The most popular model in the line-up is the Titanium while the most favoured engine is Ford’s impressively capable 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. This engine is available with a choice of 100, 125 or 140hp outputs, plus there’s a 1.1-litre with 75hp available lower in the range.

If you prefer diesel power, there’s a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 85hp, while Fiesta ST models come with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol producing 200hp. While the Ford Fiesta Active is a jacked-up version with slightly higher ride height plus some external differences such as roof bars and some tougher interior trim for those with active, outdoorsy lifestyles. 

What’s the Ford Fiesta like to drive?

Very good indeed. It’s as enjoyable to drive as the previous version but now comes equipped with some of the latest tech and driver assistance features – if you pay for them. Sure, there are some cheaper-feeling materials in the cabin, and we’d give the glass sunroof a wide berth for its cabin headroom and wind noise penalties, but it remains among the class leaders for its drive and cabin. 

2020 Ford Fiesta Trend interior

Ford Fiesta ST and Active models launched

The Ford Fiesta ST is the fastest version in the range and builds on a reputation largely created by the excellent previous generation car. For 2018, the Fiesta ST debuted a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine producing 200hp and 290Nm of torque, meaning 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 144mph.

It’s not all about the straight-line speed, however, as the Fiesta ST also displays superb handling ability right up there with the best hot hatches on the market. Sharp steering, high grip levels and excellent overall feedback means the hot Fiesta is staggeringly rapid over a twisty country road, while still retaining much of the usability that makes the regular car so popular.

A special edition ST, snappily called the Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition was released in 2019. However, you'll do well to find one as only 600 were built. They're distinguishable from the regular STs because of orange paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a coilover suspension pack that brings the ride height down.

At the other end of the spectrum and widening the Fiesta’s appeal further is the Active – a higher-riding version that aims to snag sales from the burgeoning SUV sector.

Is the Ford Fiesta cheap to finance and run?

From launch Ford’s PCP finance deals were a bit off the pace, but have since improved dramatically. The Buy Online service on the website often includes large discounts that make the Fiesta much better value than pretty much any other supermini. Entry level Skoda Fabias are better value, but the upper half of the Fiesta range is extremely competitive when financed. 

Interest-free credit has been available on the Fiesta, however, and if you can find one of these deals, there's no cost penalty for financing a Fiesta compared with paying cash. As this is an extremely competitive class, though, keep your eyes open for deposit contribution discounts in future, as it's possible that Ford will throw these in alongside 0% APR to boost sales after the initial fanfare has died down.

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

Ford is currently offering new car buyers up to six months of payment holidays in a bid to keep customers buying cars during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Fiesta is included in the deal, as is the popular Focus model. The company is also offering payment holidays for current Ford Fiesta owners too

Read on for the full Ford Fiesta review including its practicality, if its interior measures up, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive - and whether we recommend buying one.

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