Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • High-spec infotainment very impressive
  • Great front seats in all trims driven so far
  • Some lower-quality plastics

The interior of the Fiesta is good, if not spectacular. There are soft-touch plastics around many of the visible areas, but there are still a few places – especially on the doors and lower down near the footwells – that have what feels like cheaper materials instead. This is where you can tell that less money has been spent in comparison with more expensive cars like the Audi A1.

In most of the versions we’ve driven the Fiesta’s cabin is dominated by the huge infotainment touchscreen you get on higher-spec cars. Finished with a gloss black surround, it’s in keeping with the rest of the cabin’s finishing, and actually helps draw your eye away from some obviously cheaper materials found as you begin poking around the interior.

Ford Fiesta Sync3 infotainment explained

The Sync3 infotainment system works well, though – the screen is ultra-responsive and the menus very intuitive, backed up by a processing power to enable quick pinch-and-swipe actions on the sat-nav mapping. Ford hasn’t lagged behind when it comes to in-car entertainment, and this system feels right up-to-date.

Ford's Sync3 infotainment system comes with the all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. But, not every Fiesta comes with the infotainment system. It's an optional extra on the bottom of the rung Trend models. If using your phone to control your car's infotainment system is important to you, it's probably better value to upgrade to Titanium spec cars.

Comfort

  • Well-insulated cabin
  • Great seats
  • Steer clear of glass roof

This is another area the Fiesta has seen dramatic improvement compared with its predecessor. We were particularly impressed with the lack of wind noise at motorways speeds during our test drive. Once again we have to warn against ordering the panoramic glass roof here – it makes for a far more blustery experience even with the glass shut.

Engine and road noise are well-contained, and the excellent suspension not only does a great job of soaking up bumps, but settles back down so quickly that it’s always ready for the next one. Ford’s engineers spend a huge amount of time on this, and it’s paid off.

While the covers take various forms depending on the trim level, the seats themselves are the same on all Fiestas apart from the ST model, and we found the front seats especially extremely comfortable and supportive.

Ford Fiesta ST-Line comfort and interior

The ST-Line version has sportier-looking seats but they’re identical to the rest of the range underneath the snazzy covers, and the fractionally lower ride height doesn’t appear on first inspection to have a noticeable effect on the ride quality, which in the main is among the very best in the sector on all models we’ve tried. We’re confident the 17-inch wheels on the cars we’ve driven will work well on our poor UK road surfaces, but smaller 16-inchers are on hand if the ride is a little choppy.