Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line Automatic 3 door Hatchback (2019) available from Bolton Motor Park Abarth, Fiat and Mazda

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Ford Fiesta ST-Line, 100 PS Petrol EcoBoost Engine, Automatic, Fitted with privacy glass, fitted with rear park sensors, Touch Screen Headunit, air conditioning, quick clear windscreen, auto stop start, electric windows, power fold wing mirrors, auto headlights, cruise control with speed limiter, lane assist, Ask about our GardX Vehicle Protection System, this car also qualifies for our AA backed Warranty for Life Package. This vehicle meets Euro 4 / IV emissions standards and is not subject to the London T-Charge.

17/01/2019

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Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric front windows/one touch facility, Quickclear heated windscreen, Rear wiper, Tinted glass

Brakes

ABS+EBA, Electronic stability control with hill start assist

Carpets/Rugs

Boot carpet, Front and rear velour floor mats

Chassis/Suspension

Sports suspension

Communication

Bluetooth system

Driver Aids

Electric power steering

Driver Convenience

Ford easy fuel

Driver Information

Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors with integral indicators

Entertainment

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, Chrome door handles, Chrome lower window surround, Rugged body styling kit with active front wing badges, Unique ST-Line upper grille & full bodystyling kit with ST-Line wing badges

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlights, Cornering front fog lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Manual air conditioning, Pollen filter

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console, 3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel, Black headlining, Centre console with armrest and illuminated cupholders, Chrome inner door handles, Cloth upholstery, Illuminated glovebox, Leather gear knob, Leather trimmed handbrake handle, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel, Sports pedals

Interior Lights

Ambient lighting, Footwell illumination, Front map reading lights, Load area light

Packs

NCAP Pack - Fiesta

Safety

3 point rear seatbelts x3, Curtain airbags, Driver and passenger airbags, Drivers knee airbag, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Front side airbags, MyKey system, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

60/40 split folding rear seat, Adjustable head restraints, Front seatback pockets, Height adjustable driver's seat, Rear centre head restraint, Sports front seats

Security

Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button, Remote central locking & engine immobiliser, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.0
Badge Power: 100
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: EcoBoost
Coin Series: ST-Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 10E
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

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.314
CO2 (g/km): 128
HC: 0.04
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 67.2
NOx: 0.024
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 998
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 71.9
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 12
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 49.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 60.1
EC Urban (mpg): 38.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.9
WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 42.8

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 12.4
Engine Power - BHP: 100
Engine Power - KW: 74
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 125
Engine Torque - MKG: 17.3
Engine Torque - NM: 170
Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
Top Speed: 111

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: 5x2 SPOKE
Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1476
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4040
Wheelbase: 2493
Width: 1735
Width (including mirrors): 1941

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 42
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1635
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1093
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 292
Max. Loading Weight: 451
Max. Roof Load: 60
Minimum Kerbweight: 1184
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.5

GET IN LINE (new2) 18/08/2017

Ford expects demand for its Fiesta ST-Line supermini warm hatch to be strong. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

Not everyone needs an ultimately powerful little hot hatch. High insurance premiums and even higher asking prices can often put paid to shopping rocket dreams. Which is why some makers will sell you a supermini with all the look and feel of a real GTi but none of the drawbacks. Here's Ford's solution, the Fiesta ST-Line.

Background

We've had plenty of really great sporting Ford Fiestas. In fact, the Blue Oval brand's hot hatch legacy around this model goes all the way back to the XR2 of 1981, with a history subsequently embellished by the more powerful RS1800 and RS Turbo models that followed it. Best of all was the hot hatch 1.6-litre Fiesta ST launched in 2013. Unfortunately, in current 1.5-litre EcoBoost form, it costs the best part of £20,000. So what if you could have a sporty Fiesta that looks just the same for not much more than around £16,000? That sounds more like it. It's the recipe delivered by the Fiesta ST-Line. Of course, going the ST-Line route isn't going to get you the kind of power you'd enjoy n a fully fledged ST. If that's not an issue, then potentially, there's plenty to like here.

Driving Experience

Fiesta ST-Line buyers get a choice of four engines. Three of them are variants of the brand's three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol turbo unit, developing either 100, 125 or 140PS. If you really must, there's also a 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel variant too. We'd go for the 100PS petrol variant. Choose one of the other derivatives and you're getting to the point where you might as well have shaken the piggy bank a little further and gone for a fully-fledged ST model. The 1.0-litre variant in contrast seems to give you everything you need without too much of what you don't. Rest to 62mph in the 100PS model takes 10.5s en route to 113mph and working the little powerplant hard delivers a pleasant, buzzy thrum. The 140PS version gets to 62mph in 9.0s on the way to 125mph. Through the bends, the handling should be sharp, thanks to a 10mm lowered chassis and the well-weighted steering and short, crisp gearshift feel we've experienced in other Fiestas. The fact that the suspension is a touch softer than that of the full-fat ST may actually even be of benefit on bumpy roads, where this ST-Line variant is unlikely to crash through tarmac scars quite as much.

Design and Build

At first glance, this ST-Line Fiesta looks just like the potent top ST model - at least in three-door form anyway. You can't get an ST with five doors but that bodystyle is available to ST-Line customers, another potential buying incentive. ST-Line styling specifics include a unique 'ST-Line' upper grille, 'ST-Line' wing badges, a full bodystyling kit, 'Rock Metallic' 17-inch 5x2-spoke alloy wheels and a large body-coloured rear spoiler. Inside, there's sports seats, sports pedals and a flat-bottomed 'ST-Line' steering wheel. Otherwise, it's the usual Fiesta recipe. Up front, there are flush, seamless surfaces, soft-touch plastic coatings and neat splashes of chrome, plus it all seems to have been very well screwed together by the factory in Cologne. Other than that, the first thing you'll probably notice is the infotainment system that now sprouts in free-standing form from the top of the centre console. Rear seat space in the three-door version is better than the claustrophobically rising beltline might lead you to expect. Once you're in the back, the Fiesta surprises with headroom manageable even for a six-footer - though his or her legs will be crushed pretty snugly against the seat in front. There's also a 292-litre boot.

Market and Model

Fiesta ST-Line prices start at just over £16,000 for the 1.0-litre 100PS model, so there's quite a saving over the 1.5-litre full-fat ST hot hatch. Add in the other savings you'll make when it comes to things like running costs and insurance and the ST-Line case starts to add up. Add on around £500 more if you want the pokier 125PS model - and around £500 more if you want the top 140PS variant - though by that time, you'll be needing to find over £17,500 for the five-door model, which isn't really too far off what you'd pay for that fully-fledged ST. The 120PS diesel costs from just under £18,000. Whichever variant you choose, you'll need a premium of around £600 to progress from the three-door to the five-door bodystyle. As for ST-Line equipment, well in addition to the styling add-ons we've mentioned elsewhere, buyers can expect to find features like LED daytime running lights, black headlining, a perimeter alarm, keyless start, manual air conditioning and a 'SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Emergency Assistance, 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring functionality and a six-speaker DAB audio system. If you want more, then plusher 'ST-Line X' models ad in a larger 8-inch SYNC touchscreen with navigation, rear privacy glass, LED rear lights, climate control, auto headlamps and wipers and part-leather trim for the seats.

Cost of Ownership

The whole point of choosing an ST-Line Fiesta rather than a sportier ST model is to reduce your costs. Which is broadly what's delivered here. Go for the fastest ST-Line variant, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost 140PS derivative featuring Start and Stop, and the figures are 62.8mpg and 102g/km. The 100 and 125PS versions improve that showing further - to 65.7mpg and 98g/km. And in the 1.5 TDCi diesel variant, you can potentially manage up to 88.3mpg and 89g/km. What else? Well we'll tell you about servicing, which on all engines is required every two years or 18,000 miles - whichever comes first. Two pre-paid servicing plans are available; one that costs £340 and covers you for two years and two services; and another that costs £550, is transferrable to future owners and covers three years and three services. That only leaves depreciation. If you're a prospective customer, then you'll be glad to hear that Fiesta residual values are on the up as both new and used markets respond well to the increase in quality of the latest generation car. Expect to get around 50% of your initial purchase price back after three years - which is basically unheard of for a Fiesta.

Summary

Most commentators agree that the Fiesta ST is the hot hatch to have in the junior shopping rocket segment. If you've decided that too, but concluded that the costs involved are just that little bit beyond you, then these ST-Line models offer a very tempting alternative. Yes, there's less power, but the handling promises to be very nearly as good - and possibly in some circumstances even better - than Ford's established class leader. Plus there's the advantage of being able to order the more practical five-door bodystyle. Go on. You know you want to.

FIESTA GETS A BOOST (new2) 07/07/2017

The seventh generation Ford Fiesta is at its most appealing in three cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost petrol form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to developing small cars for a demanding clientele and the seventh generation Fiesta is no exception. This car is effectively a far-reaching re-development of the previous sixth generation design 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.

Driving Experience

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 now available in a top 140PS variant as well as the usual 100 and 125PS guises. Either way, it's pretty vivid. In 100PS form, 62mph from rest takes 10.5s en route to 113mph. In the 125PS model, those figures improve to 9.9s and 121mph, while with the 140PS derivative, you're looking at 9s and 125mph. The Fiesta has long been one of the very best superminis to drive. This new generation model is 15% stiffer than before and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell us that the chassis now offers 10% more cornering grip, 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. Braking distances at 62mph are reduced by more than 8%. There are freshly developed five and six-speed manual gearboxes. And rear disc brakes feature on models with engines developing more than 100PS.

Design and Build

If you go by the maxim that if something looks right, it is right, then you'll probably like the look of this seventh generation Fiesta. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles and both are tidy pieces of styling with evolutionary styling and a bolder, wider front grille. The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71mm of additional body length and 12mm of additional width to give what Ford hopes is a longer and more premium appearance. Inside, it's completely different from what went before. Gone is the previous button-heavy fascia with its cheap plastics. In fact, the number of buttons on the centre console has been reduced by almost half, with many connectivity and entertainment controls relocated to a freshly developed 'SYNC3' 8-inch touchscreen. A semi-translucent piano black insert stretches all the way from the instrument binnacle to the centre console, giving the cabin a touch of class. Rear seat passengers benefit from 16mm more knee room, supported by new slim-back seats that are softer, and offer greater side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wider for easier access to the boot, and improved storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console.

Market and Model

You'll need to be budgeting the best part of £15,000 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. With this engine, you have to buy in at the 'Zetec' level of trim and at this point in the line-up, this powerplant only comes in its base 100PS form. If you can stretch to plusher 'Titanium' spec, then your dealer will offer you the option of a 125PS version of this unit. And this unit comes in a further 140PS state of tune if you can go further and get one of the sporty 'ST-Line' models. There's also a Fiesta 'Active' variant that offers SUV styling cues that target the growing Crossover market. Whatever your choice, 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.

Cost of Ownership

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. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine returns some excellent figures with both 100 and 125PS variants returning a stellar 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and registering either 97 or 98g/km. With the 140PS model, the figures are 62.8mpg and 102g/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.

Summary

The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle that the British public has warmed to and it makes most sense in this 1.0 EcoBoost 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 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. Especially with three cylinder EcoBoost power.

SEVEN-UP (new2) 02/12/2016

The Ford Fiesta has come of age. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the much improved seventh generation version.

Ten Second Review

Ford's Fiesta has always been affordable and great to drive. But state of the art? It's that too in this all-new seventh generation form. 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.

Background

This Fiesta may still be a small car but these days, it thinks big in almost every way, starting with styling designed to make more of a statement in the supermini segment. Under the bonnet lies an impressively clean and frugal range of petrol and diesel units. Plus there's a more up-market cabin, safety technology that can automatically brake the car for you even at night and a pokier diesel engine option. Ford has also broadened the appeal of the range with an 'Active' Crossover bodystyle, plus variants more specifically aimed at customers wanting luxury and sportiness. And as well as all that, the brand reckon that it'll be even more fun to drive than its predecessor. 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.

Driving Experience

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 new generation model is 15% stiffer and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell us that the chassis now offers 10% more cornering grip, 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. Braking distances at 62mph are reduced by more than 8%. There are freshly developed five and six-speed manual gearboxes. And rear disc brakes feature on models with engines developing more than 100PS. Ah yes, engines: you'll want to know about those. The three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit is carried over, here offered in 110, 125 and 140PS guises. Sharing this poweplant architecture is a lesser 1.1-litre normally aspirated unit, available at the foot of the range in 70 and 85PS guises. The 1.5-litre TDCi 85PS diesel unit is familiar from before too, but this time round, this powerplant is also being offered in a pokier 120PS guise.

Design and Build

If you go by the maxim that if something looks right, it is right, then you'll probably like the look of this seventh generation Fiesta. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles and both are tidy pieces of styling with evolutionary styling and a bolder, wider front grille. The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71mm of additional body length and 12mm of additional width to give what Ford hopes is a longer and more premium appearance. Inside, it's completely different from what went before. Gone is the previous button-heavy fascia with its cheap plastics. In fact, the number of buttons on the centre console has been reduced by almost half, with many connectivity and entertainment controls relocated to a freshly developed 'SYNC3' 8-inch touchscreen. A semi-translucent piano black insert stretches all the way from the instrument binnacle to the centre console, giving the cabin a touch of class. Rear seat passengers benefit from 16mm more knee room, supported by new slim-back seats that are softer, and offer greater side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wider for easier access to the boot, and improved storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console.

Market and Model

As before, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles. Expect Mk7 model Fiesta pricing to start at around £13,000 for entry-level 'Style' models, but most private customers will buy in at the mid-range 'Zetec' level that starts at just under £15,000. Beyond that, there are 'Titanium', 'Titanium X', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X' and 'Vignale' specification options. Plus 'Zetec' and 'Titanium' models can be ordered with a 'B&O Play' audio system upgrade. And of course, you can talk to your dealer about the sporty 'ST' version and the Fiesta 'Active' variant that offers SUV styling cues that target the growing Crossover market. Whatever your choice, 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.

Cost of Ownership

The Ford Fiesta has garnered a reputation for being one of the cheapest superminis to run and this continues. In fact what's remarkable about this improved range is how so many models go below 100g/km. It's now the exception where you find a variant in this line-up that puts out more than the ton. Take the new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi engine which returns a CO2 emissions figure of 89g/km - or 82g/km in 95PS form. That's down to optimised combustion chamber design, turbocharging - including variable geometry technology for the 120PS version - and sophisticated fuel injection that also enhances refinement. Smart Regenerative Charging enhances fuel efficiency by selectively engaging the alternator and charging the battery when the vehicle is coasting and braking. Ford's 1.1-litre petrol engine shares a three-cylinder architecture with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit, replacing the outgoing naturally aspirated 1.25-litre petrol engine and delivering more power and anticipated reduced CO2emissions from 101g/km. Fuel efficiency is further enhanced with AutoStartStop technology offered for all engines, and a clever Active Grille Shutter for 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 85 PS 1.5-litre TDCi engines. A new Eco button for manual transmissions adjusts engine and throttle settings to help drivers save even more fuel when desired. Underbody aero shielding further reduces aero drag.

Summary

The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle the British public has warmed to but the truth is that before this seventh generation model arrived, supermini buyers 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 version changes all that, smarter to look at, smarter to sit in, smarter to operate and smarter under the bonnet. 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.

PARTY TIME (family) 26/05/2017

Ford's Fiesta has always been a key model in the supermini sector but the latest seventh generation model is aiming to put rivals well and truly in the shade. June Neary takes a look.

Will It Suit Me?

You must have heard of Ford's Fiesta. Women like me and family people up and down the country depend on it. It's been right up amongst the most popular small cars in the UK ever since the launch of the original version way back in 1976 (yes, it was that long ago). Needless to say, Ford's finest has changed massively down the years but rarely, if ever, has the model line made as significant a step forward as the one that Ford say has taken place with the current seventh generation model which now has segment leading technology and further develops Ford's clever three cylinder EcoBoost engine range. Today's Fiesta is a massively important car for Ford and nothing has been left to chance in ensuring it hits the spot with its target market. As target markets go, the Fiesta's is a massive one. This is a small car that needs to appeal across the board to people from all sections of society. First impressions are that it stands a good chance of pulling this off. The car uses the Kinetic design features that have cropped up to critical acclaim across the Ford model range but to you and me, it just looks angular, sporty and well planted on the road. Looking good is half the battle in the supermini sector and the Fiesta certainly manages to do that.

Practicalities

The outside look has merely evolved but I still like it. As before, it's offered in both three and five-door bodystyles and both are tidy pieces of styling with evolutionary styling and a bolder, wider front grille. The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71mm of additional body length and 12mm of additional width to give what Ford hopes is a longer and more premium appearance. Inside, the old button-heavy fascia with its cheap plastics that I used to hate has gone. In fact, the number of buttons on the centre console has been reduced by almost half, with many connectivity and entertainment controls relocated to a freshly developed 'SYNC3' 8-inch touchscreen. My passengers were pleased to find that rear seat folk now benefit from 16mm more knee room, supported by new slim-back seats that are softer, and offer greater side-to-side support. This Fiesta's tailgate is wider for easier access to the boot, and improved storage for personal belongings is delivered with a 20% larger glovebox and a 1-litre media bin in the centre console. The windows are small and set high up, so light isn't abundant in the back which might trouble some kids but the shopping bags, coats and road atlases that owners will store there most of the time won't be overly worried. The five door models fare better with a bigger glass area creating a roomier feel and all derivatives share the same easily navigable control system for their various electronic functions. General build quality is a real eye-opener. The Fiesta feels like a far more sophisticated and grown-up car than the models which preceded it and a lot of this is down to the all-round quality of the materials, as well as the solidity with which they knit together.

Behind the Wheel

Despite the fact that it's lighter than previous generation models, today's Fiesta manages to feel larger and more solid on the road - an impressive achievement by Ford's engineers. This new generation model is 15% stiffer and both front and rear track measurements are wider. The engineers tell me that the chassis now offers 10% more cornering grip, 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. Braking distances at 62mph are reduced by more than 8%. There are freshly developed five and six-speed manual gearboxes. And rear disc brakes feature on models with engines developing more than 100PS. Ah yes, engines: you'll want to know about those. The three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit is carried over from before, offered in 110, 125 and 140PS guises. Sharing this poweplant's architecture is a lesser 1.1-litre normally aspirated unit, available at the foot of the range in 70 and 85PS forms. The 1.5-litre TDCi 85PS diesel unit is familiar from before too, but this time round, this powerplant is also being offered in a pokier 120PS guise.

Value For Money

Like most superminis, this Fiesta sells in the £13,000 to £18,000 bracket - and there's a small premium if you want to progress from the three-door to the five-door bodystyle. Most private customers will buy in at the mid-range 'Zetec' level that starts at just under £15,000. Beyond that, there are 'Titanium', 'Titanium X', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X' and 'Vignale' specification options. Plus 'Zetec' and 'Titanium' models can be ordered with a 'B&O Play' audio system upgrade. And of course, you can talk to your dealer about the sporty 'ST' version and the Fiesta 'Active' variant that offers SUV styling cues that target the growing Crossover market. I'd want to allow a bit extra for the clever options though, an example being the neat 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.

Could I Live With One?

The latest version of this Ford Fiesta is a thoroughly impressive car with very few discernable flaws. Ford has elevated its supermini stalwart to a level where it's a prime target for rival manufacturers developing their own new products. Good luck to them in trying to beat this one.

Ford Fiesta average rating: 4.5/5 (87 reviews)

- 26/04/2019, owner of a Ford Fiesta 5dr Titanium 1.0T EcoBoost 100PS

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
Of course my car is wonderful! My old car was an 06 reg, so my new one has 'state of the art technology' compared to it. Still trying to get to grips with things, especially the radio. However I still don't trust the petrol cap, only time will tell if your system works. Having said that I haven't read anything untoward happening to anyone. Of course there isn't as much storage as my old car - a price I have to pay. Yes, still very pleased at some luxury at last!

- 28/02/2019, owner of a Ford Fiesta St-2 Turbo

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Absolutely amazing service! Tricia and the team were brilliant, so friendly and helpful and made me feel very relaxed and at ease! Had a small issue with the car and it was fixed and back with me within the same week! Would gladly recommend to friends, family and anyone else! Hoping to return in a few years for an upgrade!

- 26/02/2019, owner of a Ford Fiesta Zetec Turbo

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Very pleased with our 3 year old Fiesta, only done 12k miles and feels like driving a new car! Only downside is my wife keeps insisting its her car!

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