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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Low-cost petrol and diesel engines
  • Cheap to insure, maintain and service
  • Finance less reasonable, no hybrid or electric version

The cheapest Fiesta to run when it comes to fuel bills is the lower-powered 1.5 diesel, which returns between 55.4 and 60.1mpg on the combined cycle. We doubt you’ll see that sort of economy in the real world, however, because you’ll have to work the motor quite hard to make meaningful progress.

On the other hand, the higher-powered diesel is a lot more expensive to buy outright, which leaves us recommending the 1.0-litre EcoBoost here too for the optimum blend of running costs.

Upon launch Ford was quoting leasing costs of £116 per month for a PCP on a Zetec and £150 on a Titanium, albeit with a relatively large £5,000 deposit and reasonable 2.9% APR over 36 months. This isn’t among the best in the class, unfortunately, but it’s worth investigating discounts at the dealership.

We ran a Fiesta 1.0-litre 125 Titanium as a long-termer. Find out how we got on with it here

Insurance groups range from 5E up to 15E - the high-performance Fiesta ST is 28E - so it’s at the cheaper end of the spectrum here too, and fuel economy and tax bills are very low indeed thanks to a recent range of high-tech engines.

Ford has famously favorable servicing and maintenance costs, including fixed-price packages, along with an extensive dealer network.

While the lowest CO2 and fuel economy figures come with the 1.5-litre diesel engine, ranging between 96 and 103g/km for the 85hp version. None of the versions are particularly bad in this respect, with the automatic version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100hp petrol emitting between 125 and 138g/km – still not the end of the world.

  • Cabin feels of reasonable quality – better than before, but not near the head of the class 
  • Tried and tested engines and running gear, should translate to reliability 
  • Recent Ford dependability has been above average, but with niggles through being built to a price

Despite being smaller and cheaper, the Ford Fiesta feels as well built as any other Fords, such as the Focus and Mondeo – but it's clearly built to a price.

The quality of the interior especially stands out as being good in your line of sight, but expect the new Volkswagen Polo to move on the game in that regard.

Our owners' reviews don't show any prevailing problems with the previous generation of Fiesta's reliability either - with just one disgruntled owner who appeared to have had a number of issues. This could easily be an isolated incident.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £970 - £1,188 *
Diesel 131p £805 - £916 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5 TDCi (85ps) Diesel 96 g/km (Min) £145
1.0T EcoBoost (100ps) Petrol 128 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 2 - 15
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.