Never lose your way again with the inbuilt Sat Nav, plus our Fiesta comes with Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Suspension, Keyless Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist with Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Colour Rear Camera, Automatic Headlights, Lane Keep Assist, One-Touch Electric Front Windows, Ford SYNC3 Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, a Heated Windscreen and a DAB Radio with USB in. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*
Petrol 54.3 combined MPG (WLTP)
Desert Island Blue
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Electric front windows/one touch facility, Electric rear windows, Quickclear heated windscreen, Rain sensing wipers and auto dimming rear view mirror, Rear privacy glass, Rear wiper
ABS+EBA, Electronic stability control with hill start assist
Electric power steering, Rear parking distance sensors, Selectable drive modes (Normal, Sport, Track)
Ford easy fuel
Ford SYNC 3 Navigation system incl 8" touchscreen, 7 speakers, FordPass connect, Apple carplay, android auto, voice control and emergency assistance, Trip computer
Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
2 USB ports, Auxiliary input socket, DAB Digital radio, Steering wheel mounted controls
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Body colour large rear spoiler, Unique ST-Line upper grille & full bodystyling kit with ST-Line wing badges
Cornering front fog lights, LED Night signature to rear lights
Manual air conditioning, Pollen filter
3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel, Black headlining, Centre console with opening armrest, 2x cupholders, 12v and USB, Chrome inner door handles, Cloth upholstery, Leather gaiter, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel, Sensico wrapped steering wheel
Footwell illumination, Front map reading lights, Illuminated glovebox, Load area light
NCAP Pack - Fiesta
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats, Curtain airbags, Driver and passenger airbags, Drivers knee airbag, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Front side airbags, Seatbelt warning, Two tone horn, Tyre pressure monitoring system
60/40 split folding rear seat, Adjustable head restraints, Front seat and rear pockets, Manual 2 way passenger seat adjust, Manual 4-way driver seat adjust, Sports front seats
Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button, MyKey system, Remote central locking & engine immobiliser, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Wheels - Alloy
17" 5 spoke alloy wheels with rock metallic finish
|Badge Engine CC:||1.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV 155|
|Coin Series:||ST-Line Edition|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||17E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||84|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||64|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||60|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||24|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||120|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||150000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||117|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:||122|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:||113|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||71.9|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||82|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||12|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:||5.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:||5.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:||5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:||5.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:||4.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:||6.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:||4.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb:||54.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:||52.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:||56.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High:||50.4|
|WLTP - MPG - High:||64.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Low:||43.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium:||60.1|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.9|
|Engine Power - BHP:||155|
|Engine Power - KW:||114|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||162|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||22.4|
|Engine Torque - NM:||220|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|RDE Certification Level:||RDE 2|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||5 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||17" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||1941|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||42|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1685|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1093|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||292|
|Max. Loading Weight:||466|
|Max. Roof Load:||60|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.5|
By Jonathan Crouch
In 2020, the seventh generation Fiesta gained Ford's latest 48V mild hybrid engine tech, as well as a new 7-speed auto gearbox option and the potential for more safety kit. There was more rear seat space too. If you want a MK7 Fiesta but can't quite stretch to the facelifted version announced in late 2021, then you might find the 2020 to 2021-era models we look at here just as good as used buys.
[petrol] 1.1 Ti-VCT, 1.0 EcoBoost, 1.5 EcoBoost
What's been the world's most significant car in the last half a century? This is our nomination, Ford's Fiesta, which in 2017 was rejuvenated in MK7 model guise for a fresh generation of buyers, then improved again in 2020 to create the car we're going to look at here. Changes made in 2020 saw most Fiestas get the 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cylinder petrol engine that the majority of customers wanted in this car in electrified mild hybrid form. In this guise, it delivers more power with superior economy. In addition, as part of this update, the brand introduced an optional degree of autonomous drive technology. Plus there was a new 7-speed auto gearbox option. And the potential for extra safety kit. This was, in short, on paper at least, a thoroughly well thought out piece of supermini development. And it sustained this MK7 model through until its mid-term facelift in late 2021.
Visually, there were few changes to this car as part of the 2020 model year electrified update. By then, Ford had embellished the basic specification of this MK7 car a fair bit since its original launch. Even the cheapest trim levels were by 2020 getting headlamps with LED illumination for the low beams and daytime running lights, with full-LED headlamps being optional. Most models got front fog lamps, which turn with the bends and sit in aerodynamic housings that vary in style depending on trim. At the wheel by 2020, the Blue Oval brand had standardised luxury features like a Quickclear front windscreen and velour floor mats across the range and tried to add a more premium feel to pricier variants - the red-stitched trimming of the plush 'ST-Line Edition X' variant for instance. By 2020, Ford had also got rid of the previous poverty-spec smaller sizes for its SYNC3 centre-dash touchscreen - as 8-inch monitor was by now standard on all trim levels. As part of this model update, the company improved this monitor's user interface with bigger buttons and most models got it complete with navigation and the brand's clever 'FordPass Connect' built-in modem, which allows for in-car WiFi and remote interaction with your Fiesta via your smartphone. 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring is of course included. And all the cabin basics have been well executed: it's easy to find a comfortable driving position, the instruments are clear and there's plenty of interior storage If you come to this car fresh from ownership of a pre-2017-era MK6 model, then it's likely that you'll view Ford's greater efforts in the back seat part of the cabin in a positive light. There is, after all, 16mm more knee room than there was with that previous generation design, plus the seats are softer and offer greater side-to-side support. Should you be trying a Fiesta having sampled a more spacious supermini rival though - and there are plenty - you'll probably be a little less inclined to be quite so generous. Back in 2017 when we first tested this MK7 model, we hoped that the lengthier platform would bring this Ford closer to the prevailing supermini standard for luggage capacity, but were somewhat disappointed to find an improvement of only 17-litres. That remained still an issue for us with this 2020-era model - the luggage bay is rated at 292-litres for both body shapes, a figure that most rivals from this period could comfortably improve upon. Still, it'll be enough for a folded pushchair and the contents of the weekly shop, which is all most owners will need. If you're able to flatten the 60:40 split-folding rear backrest, you'll find that the revealed cargo floor ends up with quite a step in it, but the total capacity figure looks rather better by segment standards - 1,093-litres.
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As usual with a supermini, check the interior for child damage. And with top-spec versions, check the alloy wheels for scratches. Look for any dents, dings and scratches to the panelwork. And ensure that the clutch engages smoothly and that the car goes into gear easily. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter, but this may be clogged up if the previous owner hasn't completed too many highway journeys.
(approx based on a 2020 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £7-£9 bracket. An air filter costs around £11. A pollen filter costs around £9-£23. A rear outer lamp costs around £60. A wiper blade is in the £3-£14 bracket. A rear brake discs cost in the £15 bracket. A front brake pad is in the £16-£40 brackets; rears are in the £16-£27 bracket. A radiator is around £180.
Variations on the Fiesta theme may come and go, but before driving any version of Ford's definitive supermini, there's one thing you almost always tend to know for certain: that it'll be a great steer. With this MK7 model, the Blue Oval brand sought to retain that traditional Fiesta attribute, yet at the same time, introduce a standard of ride quality closer to that delivered by arch-rivals like Volkwagen's Polo. The feel you'll get from this Fiesta depends quite a lot on the variant of it you choose. That's because two quite different chassis configurations were used across the range, with a firmer set-up used for the various sporty 'ST' models and a softer one featuring elsewhere in the range on the cars the majority of customers ended up with. On such mainstream versions, this car isn't quite the sharp, eager thing we remember from earlier Fiesta generations, but it can still offer a level of handling joie de vivre that's beyond anything its competitors can manage. That's thanks to sharp electric steering, a stiff, lightweight body and an effective torque vectoring system that helps you get the grip down in the corners. You'll be wanting to know though, a little more about the electrified engineering introduced to this car in 2020. You don't have to have it. Of the three cylinder petrol engines that by the end of 2020 exclusively made up the Fiesta range, three non-electrified units remained; a base 75PS normally aspirated Ti-VCT powerplant; the old 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine; and the ST hot hatch model's 1.5-litre 200PS powertrain. But these were by then minority choices. Almost all Fiestas by the end of 2020 were being sold or leased with the mHEV mild hybrid engine Ford had by then just introduced, a variation on their usual 1.0-litre three cylinder EcoBoost petrol unit that was offered in either 125PS or 155PS guises. Mild hybrid engineering is nothing like as efficient as full-Hybrid tech, but it didn't here come with a big fat price premium and it boosts driver feel because it's lighter and it adds a slice of extra pulling power just when you need it. The set-up works via a beefed-up starter/generator driven by a belt at the front of the engine that stores the energy harvested when you brake or decelerate in a tiny 48-volt lithium-ion battery secreted at the back of the car. Which provides a bit of extra zip when you accelerate (Ford claimed up to 50Nm of extra torque) and delivers a little electric boost from low revs to 'torque-fill' while you're waiting for the turbo to spool up. That has a lot to do with this car's fizzy, revvy feel. But it also plays its part in creating efficiency stats improved by a small but important amount over those you'd get from conventionally-engined rivals in this class. The 125PS mHEV Fiesta variant returns up to 57.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 112g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. That's in manual form: a freshly introduced 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox was also offered with this unit.
The MK7 Fiesta wasn't really complete until Ford introduced its 48V mild hybrid electrified engine technology into it in 2020. In so many respects, in this form, the car became the supermini we'd hoped the company would build. Efficient running costs, cutting edge media features and sophisticated safety tech were added in without diluting the sheer joie de vivre which continues to set the drive dynamics of this car apart from its rivals. And it was all done with a polish and self belief that we'd never seen from a Fiesta before. Flawless then? No of course not. Choose this test car's MHEV engine, as you'll probably want to, and its 'hybrid' badging will probably lead you to expect more in terms of gains in efficiency than this kind of token electrified engineering can actually deliver. Plus, for all the improvements made to this model line, it still lags behind most supermini rivals in terms of rear seat space, boot capacity and cabin quality. Still, there's lots to like here and if you can't stretch to the facelifted version of the MK7 Fiesta announced for the 2022 model year, you won't lose much by opting for the 2020-2021 versions of this car.
The Ford Fiesta has come of age. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the much improved seventh generation version.
Ford's Fiesta has always been affordable and great to drive. But state of the art? It's that too in this improved take on the seventh generation model. Beneath the smarter styling lies some clever user-friendly technology - and cabin quality that'll make down-sizing into one of these less of a chore. This is how you right a best seller.
This Fiesta may still be a small car but these days, it thinks big in almost every way, starting with improved styling designed to make more of a statement in the supermini segment. Under the bonnet lies an impressively clean and frugal range of petrol units, which includes the brand's mild hybrid EcoBoost Hybrid tech. Plus there's now a more up-market cabin than you might be used to from a Fiesta, along with safety technology of the sort you might expect to find on a much larger car. As before, there's also an 'Active' Crossover bodystyle and an ST hot hatch - and across the range, class-leading driving dynamics. This is, in short, on paper at least, a thoroughly well thought out piece of supermini design. But will it be enough to keep Ford at the top of the sales charts? Let's find out.
Not much about the engineering of this car has changed: not much needed to. Variations on the Fiesta theme may come and go but before driving any version of Ford's definitive supermini, there's one thing you almost always know for certain: that it'll be a great steer. This current generation model is 15% stiffer than its pre-2017 predecessor and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell us that the chassis offers 10% more cornering grip than that old generation car, supported by Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering. And engines? You'll want to know about those. There's no longer a diesel, but the elderly 1.1-litre Ti-VCT 75PS petrol unit continues at the base of the line-up. Ford has been gradually introducing its mild hybrid 48-volt tech into this car but for the time being, you can still have the volume three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine without it, offering 100PS and a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0T EcoBoost powerplant can also be had in mild hybrid mHEV 'EcoBoost Hybrid' form in 125 and 155PS forms, complete with the option of auto transmission and using that 48V electrified technology. With this, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is combined with a belt-driven starter/generator and a 48-volt battery pack for extra performance and efficiency. The system also allows for easier stop-start integration, which can shut off the engine when below 15mph. The SUV-style 'Active' Fiesta variants share all the usual mainstream engines, but the top Fiesta ST hot hatch model, as before, gets its own 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit developing 200PS, though peak torque for this unit climbs from 290Nm to 320Nm.
If you go by the maxim that if something looks right, it is right, then you'll probably like the look of this improved version of the seventh generation Fiesta. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles, plus an 'Active' crossover version, and all variants are tidy pieces of styling - especially in this revised form. The bonnet's been revised, the nose of the car raised and the brand badge moved into the grille, which is flanked by restyled LED headlamps. As before, the sportier 'ST-Line' models get a more aggressive front bumper and feature a gloss black honeycomb mesh grille. The Fiesta Active is marked out by vertical grille bars, plastic body cladding and silver trim accents. At the rear with all variants, the tail lamps are darker and Ford now offers a contrasting matte and gloss black diffuser finish. Inside, Ford has added a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument display screen, which complements the usual 8-inch SYNC 3 centre infotainment screen. It incorporates 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring - and can include a 575-watt B&O stereo and a rear view camera too. Storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console. Rear seat passengers aren't as cramped in the back of a Fiesta as they used to be; changes made in 2020 added 16mm more knee room, supported by slim-back seats that offer decent side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wide for easy access to the 311-litre boot. If you're able to flatten the 60:40 split-folding rear backrest, you'll find that the revealed cargo floor ends up with quite a step in it, but the total capacity figure looks reasonable by segment standards - 1,093-litres.
As before, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles. Pricing starts at just over £16,500 and the revised line-up's starts with base 'Trend' spec, then progresses through 'Titanium', 'Active' and 'ST-Line' (all also offered in plusher 'Vignale' forms), plus there's the ST hot hatch. That optional 'Vignale' pack includes smarter 17 or 18-inch wheels, Sensico faux leather upholstery and upgraded cabin trim. Key additions on the options list include Matrix headlights, which block individual light rays to avoid blinding oncoming cars when high-beam is enabled. These headlamps can also adapt to bad weather and surrounding traffic. Safety-wise, an extra addition is 'Wrong Way Alert', which stops you turning into a road where you'll be driving against the traffic. As usual on a Fiesta, you'll be offered some up-scale equipment options, examples including an openable panoramic glass roof. There's sophisticated safety too, including a Pedestrian Detection system that can even prevent collisions at night. And 'Active Park Assist' with brake interventions to prevent low-speed collisions when parking hands-free. As for standard equipment, even base models get features like air conditioning, Bluetooth, an 'Emergency Assistance' system and a 6-speaker stereo.
The Ford Fiesta has garnered a reputation for being one of the cheapest superminis to run and this continues. Take the volume 100PS 1.0 EcoBoost petrol unit, which puts out up to 121g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 and manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel return of up to 53.3mpg. That's the same as you get from the base normally aspirated 1.1 Ti-VCT 75PS petrol unit. In mHEV mild hybrid form, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit gets a lower compression ratio and a larger turbo and can be had in 125 and 155PS electrified guises. Plus the mHEV version is embellished by a beefed-up starter/generator driven by a belt at the front of the engine that stores the energy harvested when you brake or decelerate in a tiny 48-volt lithium-ion battery secreted at the back of the car. The 125PS 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid variant manages up to 56.5mpg and 113g/km - or up to 53.3mpg and 118g/km in auto form. The 155PS 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid variant manages up to 56.5mpg and 114g/km. As for the warranty, well like all Fords, this one comes with a 36-month 60,000-mile package that also includes one year of Europe-wide breakdown assistance. On top of that, there's an anti-corrosion guarantee for 12 years. Ford also offers the chance to extend this cover - to either four years and 80,000 miles or five years and 100,000 miles.
The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle the British public has warmed to but the truth is that in the past, supermini buyers often chose this car either because it was great to drive or because they'd been offered a deal too good to turn down: there wasn't really another reason to buy one. This MK7 model has changed all that and this updated version is smarter to look at, smarter to sit in and smarter to operate. A smarter choice all round then? Many will think so. This still may not be the largest or the plushest car in the supermini sector but on just about every other main criteria, it's either up there or class-leading. There's an unpretentious quality to it and a focus on providing the things that really matter to small car buyers - the fun handling and affordable technology Ford has long delivered to them in this segment but also the low running costs, strong safety provision and low emissions they now need too. And it's all been done with a polish and self belief that we've never seen from a Fiesta before. In short, this is, more than ever, a small car that supermini buyers simply can't ignore.
The seventh generation Ford Fiesta is arguably still at its most appealing in conventional three cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost petrol form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised model.
Ford's latest Fiesta is a useful development over what went before. What hasn't changed is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol unit that most buyers will probably want. That's a good thing.
Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to developing small cars for a demanding clientele and the improved version of the seventh generation Fiesta is no exception. This current car is effectively an update of the MK7 model we first saw in 2017 and, as with that model, one of the strongest weapons this one has is its 1.0-litre three cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine. Since we first saw this unit back in 2012, virtually every other rival has developed its own downsized three cylinder 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol turbo engine to try and compete. This Ford powerplant still feels a cut above most of them though and was updated in 2020 with mild hybrid technology. It's the conventional non-hybrid 100PS base unit we look at here though.
Certain realities exist in the supermini market. The additional cost of diesel engines rarely makes them big sellers, so this is where the state of the art in petrol engines is often played out. For some years now, Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder unit has been in the box seat in this regard. It's available in the conventional 100PS guise that's our focus here. And can also be had with mHEV mild hybrid tech in 125 and 155PS forms. Either way, it's pretty vivid. In 100PS form, 62mph from rest takes 10.8s en route to 112mph. In the 125PS mild hybrid model, those figures improve to 9.4s and 124mph, while with the 155PS derivative, you're looking at 8.9s and 136mph. Variations on the Fiesta theme may come and go but before driving any version of Ford's definitive supermini, there's one thing you almost always know for certain: that it'll be a great steer. This current generation model is 15% stiffer than its pre-2017 predecessor and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell us that the chassis offers 10% more cornering grip than that old generation car, supported by Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering.
If you go by the maxim that if something looks right, it is right, then you'll probably like the look of this improved version of the seventh generation Fiesta. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles and all variants are tidy pieces of styling - especially in this updated form. The bonnet's been revised, the nose of the car raised and the brand badge moved into the grille, which is flanked by restyled LED headlamps. Inside, Ford has added a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument display screen, which complements the usual 8-inch SYNC 3 centre infotainment screen. It incorporates 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring - and can include a 575-watt B&O stereo and a rear view camera too. Storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console. Rear seat passengers aren't as cramped in the back of a Fiesta as they used to be; changes made in 2020 added 16mm more knee room, supported by slim-back seats that offer decent side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wide for easy access to the 311-litre boot. If you're able to flatten the 60:40 split-folding rear backrest, you'll find that the revealed cargo floor ends up with quite a step in it, but the total capacity figure looks reasonable by segment standards - 1,093-litres.
You'll need to be budgeting the best part of £17,500 for a Fiesta with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine we've been looking at here - list price-wise anyway. As usual, there's a £650 premium to pay if you want the extra flexibility of five doors. This engine is offered right across the range, starting with the base 'Trend' level of trim and rising up through 'Titanium', 'Active' and 'ST-Line' models. Key recent additions on the options list include Matrix headlights, which block individual light rays to avoid blinding oncoming cars when high-beam is enabled. These headlamps can also adapt to bad weather and surrounding traffic. Safety-wise, an extra addition is 'Wrong Way Alert', which stops you turning into a road where you'll be driving against the traffic. As usual on a Fiesta, you'll be offered some up-scale equipment options, examples including an openable panoramic glass roof. There's sophisticated safety too, including a Pedestrian Detection system that can even prevent collisions at night. And 'Active Park Assist' with brake interventions to prevent low-speed collisions when parking hands-free. As for standard equipment, even base models get features like air conditioning, Bluetooth, an 'Emergency Assistance' system and a 6-speaker stereo.
The Fiesta has always been a bit of a star where running costs are concerned. When the engines used to be a bit off the pace, the asking prices were low. Now that the Fiesta has some of the most fuel efficient engines in the sector, the list prices of the cars are a little higher - but to compensate, residual values have improved a little in turn. There's an mHEV version of this 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine available but even in its conventional form, this unit returns some excellent figures with the 100PS variant returning a decent 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and registering 121g/km. With the 125PS mild hybrid model, the figures are 56.5mpg and 113g/km. Insurance premiums and maintenance costs have been kept low by an intelligent approach to manufacturing. Bake-hardened steel on the front wings, for example, offers better resistance to low speed bumps and scrapes. Headlamps and tail lamps are positioned high, away from potential impacts, while specially shaped 'crash cans' are designed as sacrificial parts, collapsing predictably in an impact to prevent more extensive damage and higher repair bills.
The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle that the British public has warmed to and it arguably makes most sense in this conventional 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS guise. There's an unpretentious quality to this seventh generation model and a focus on providing the things that really matter to small car buyers - fun handling, an affordable asking price, low running costs and decent accommodation and space. With this improved MK7 design, to that little list, you can add strong safety provision and sophisticated media connectivity as well. The latest car has a polish and self belief that we've never seen from the Fiesta before. In short, this blue collar car has made good.
Mrs H Smith - 17/03/20, owner of a Ford Fiesta Active
User rating: 4.5/5
Mrs L McCallum - 06/04/20, owner of a Ford Fiesta Vignale 1.0 EcoBoost 5dr Powershift
User rating: 5/5
Ms F Hastings - 05/05/20, owner of a Ford Fiesta SVP Zetec Blue Edition 1.25 Petrol 82PS 5 Speed
User rating: 5/5