► Ford’s perennial supermini pushed
► Assessment up to date with delicate hybrid engines
► It is nonetheless probably the greatest in its class
We’ve pushed Ford’s newest Fiesta in loads of guises because it first debuted in 2017. It’s perennially Britain’s bestselling automotive and a standard sight on roads the size and breadth of the nation. Neglect Mondeo man – we at the moment are a nation of Fiesta folks.
When the automotive first relaunched, it was a complete replace. And, even since then, Ford has launched new variants, a completely implausible ST model and even electrified a few of the engine vary with delicate hybrids. Apart from that, its launch included a similar-but-evolved front-wheel drive structure, revised inside and new look.
Even a couple of years after its launch, is it sufficient to place the infant Ford at the vanguard of the small-car section, towards newer rivals such because the Peugeot 208, Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa?
What’s new on the Ford Fiesta?
When it debuted in 2017, you would have argued that it wasn’t a large step ahead when it comes to design from the earlier technology. With greater than 17 million offered globally since 1976, Ford is taking exactly no probabilities. There is no radical redesign. Solely a modest leap in dimensions (+71mm longer, +13mm wider). Little proof of revolutionary know-how. Somewhat, it is a mild evolution in all departments.
The brand new look is most obvious on the rear, the place horizontally organized hind lights create a noticeably completely different vibe. The lights are break up, that means the tailgate opens with a large aperture to gobble all of your baggage. It isn’t a giant boot at 303 litres, however it’s honest by supermini requirements. Simply be careful for a pronounced – and deep – lip over which to lug your baggage (a false, raised boot flooring panel is out there, mitigating this).
Select your Fiesta in three-door or five-door types (70% of Brits go for the extra versatile latter choice); entry to the rear is simple within the 3dr, due to massive entrance doorways. As soon as within the again row, leg and headroom are ample by class requirements and you will comfortably get a pair of adults in there. The brand new, non-compulsory panoramic sunroof robs headroom, thoughts, squashing taller grown-ups.
It is a Fiesta, Jim, however not as we all know it…
It is a handsome automotive, make no mistake. Vivid, bolder colors work greatest to deliver design chief Joel Piaskowski’s new aesthetic to life. The excellent news is, even humble entry-level fashions look slick, fashionable and crisp on smaller rims.
However, whereas the Fiesta seems to be comparable outdoors, a lot of the redesign consideration has been lavished contained in the newcomer. And that is A Good Factor. The outgoing mannequin desperately wanted a extra fashionable inside to accompany its sharp drive.
It is a large step up from immediately’s cabin – you will discover it arduous to not discover the eight-inch Ford Sync3 touchscreen which dominates the centre console normal in all fashions now, bundling in digital management of your media, navigation and communications. Ford revised the trim vary (deleting poverty-spec Fashion and forlorn Zetec and bundling them collectively into the brand new Pattern specification as of the start of 2020), which we’ll get onto in a bit. Fortunately, it is probably the greatest touchscreens within the sector – with pin-sharp graphics, a transparent, logical person interface and quick processor speeds.
So is the digital coronary heart of the Ford Fiesta lastly as much as scratch?
We would say so. The brand new Ford Sync3 system synced effectively with each Apple, Blackberry and Android telephone we threw at it; the brand new Fiesta comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Applink to mate seamlessly along with your digital units. It speaks volumes that Ford now expenses £100 for an non-compulsory CD participant, relegated to the depths of the glovebox.
The newest Ford digital structure additionally deliver a raft of electro devices for security: there’s lane-keep help to nudge the Fiesta again into lane, radar cruise management to maintain a set distance to the automotive in entrance and a camera-based collision safety system.
Ford Fiesta: costs and specs
Good worth is essential at this a part of the supermini market and Ford is pitching the brand new Fiesta a notch above its predecessor. Costs begin at £16,640. Your trim vary as of 2020 seems to be like this:
- Pattern: 16in wheels, guide air-con, Sync3 touchscreen, security pack
- Titanium: parking sensors, navigation, auto wipers and cruise
- Titanium X: 17in wheels, keyless entry and begin, B&O Play audio, wi-fi charging
- ST-Line: 17in wheels, sporty physique package, similar tech as Titanium
- ST-Line X: 18in wheels, sporty physique package, similar tech as Titanium X
- Vignale: bespoke physique trimmings, leather-based, superior security package and tech
There may be additionally a jacked-up Fiesta Lively and an ace ST model:
Learn our Ford Fiesta Lively evaluation
Learn our Ford Fiesta ST evaluation
Additional equipment and choices allow you to personalise your Fiesta – in step with the fashionistas’ favourites, the Mini and Fiat 500, there are myriad probabilities to tailor your automotive to your each want, from 5 contrasting roof colors to bigger alloy wheels as much as 18 inches in diameter.
The largest disappointment of the entire bundle is inside high quality. You are left with a way that Ford is aware of precisely methods to pitch mainstream high quality – the pennies haven’t been lavished on feelgood luxurious. The supplies used are with out exception beneath what you will discover elsewhere within the class; Vauxhall’s newest Corsa, Seat’s Ibiza, the most recent Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208 and Hyundai i20 all really feel classier inside.
Granted, there’s a bit little bit of squidge within the dashboard lining to move the getting-to-know you showroom prod, however most of the plastics are disappointingly sharp and crude: the door grabs really feel very low cost (you contact these at the very least twice each journey!), the tinny glovebox opens with a pathetic flop and the heating switchgear feels flimsy in contrast with most rivals.
Perceived high quality simply ain’t the Fiesta’s robust go well with… However keep in mind this: it is not badly constructed. It is ergonomically significantly better than the outgoing mannequin’s confused, smartphone-apeing structure. All of it works and appears sturdy. It is simply very mainstream, low cost and – should you’re feeling charitable – cheerful.
Let’s speak Fiesta engines
Ford’s supermini arguably had the largest overhaul, engine-wise, in 2020 when it launched delicate hybrid variants on its 1.0-litre EcoBoost fashions in step with the Ford Puma.
It’s a category household of engines it doesn’t matter what energy output you go for; peppy, keen-sounding and effectively mannered, the three-cylinder 1.Zero Ecoboost engine is a good poster youngster for downsizing. It’s wanting to rev with a lovely turbocharged kick and a helpful dollop of torque from just below 2000rpm to work via increased gears. The EcoBoost 125 is all you actually need, delivering all the niceties we’ve simply talked about.
There’s additionally an EcoBoost 155 variant. It’s arguably a bit extreme for a supermini that’ll spend most of its life simply nipping about with the odd motorway slog, however it’s obtained some grin-inducing punch to it, launching itself up slip roads and prepared for mid-gear overtakes at a second’s discover. When you can’t afford an ST, an ST-Line with the 155 is a less expensive compromise.
As for the delicate hybrid help, we’d argue it’s of negligible profit to gasoline financial system in actuality. It definitely is keen to modify off the engine whilst you’re coming to a cease and preserve that state for much longer than the vehicles with out it. There’s a tremendously mild further torque kick when the ability meter on the dashboard reveals the MHEV system serving to you out, however what’s most noticeable is lifting off the throttle. There’s some further regeneration occurring below the pores and skin, virtually as should you’re gently trailing the brakes – it may well take a while to get used to.
What’s it wish to drive?
Put together for the excellent news. The brand new Fiesta blitzes the driving factor. Our fears that they’d throw away the sheer joie de vivre of the outgoing mannequin are unfounded. It is each bit as a lot enjoyable to drive because the previous mannequin – placing it proper up there on the prime of the category amongst these of us who wish to drive.
It passes the first-mile take a look at with flying colors. The steering is splendidly pointy and fast, lending a way of agility and eagerness that makes the brand new Fiesta a fizzy, enjoyable companion whether or not you are bumbling round city or carving down your favorite again street. A couple of share factors of really feel are misplaced with the most recent electro-power-assistance – it is a bit lighter than the previous Fiesta, however nonetheless an immersive wheel to wield.
After which there’s the journey high quality. The outgoing Ford Fiesta stays one of the best automotive in its class to drive bar none and – hallelujah! – they’ve saved the chassis magic intact. The way in which the brand new supermini absorbs bumps and controls its bodywork over ruts and crests and difficult corners is nothing short of distinctive. Bigger wheels, notably on the toppy Vignale model, can stymie that considerably however, general, the Fiesta is an impressively calibrated little bit of package.
Wherever you level the Fiesta, it excels. Bumps and lumps within the street are absorbed with that great pliancy that Ford has made a trademark these previous twenty years, ever because the Focus Mk1 rewrote the rulebook again in 1998. There’s greater than a touch of chassis guru Richard Parry-Jones magic on this supple suspension set-up, and for that we’re grateful.
The driving place is spot-on: that is one Ford the place you possibly can sit low sufficient and there is a good view out, regardless of small door mirrors and people pointless quarterlight break up entrance home windows which you’ll be able to’t see out of. The Quickclear heated windscreen, normal on all Fiesta fashions, stays a wonderful Ford characteristic that you will take pleasure in most days in winter (toppier Fiestas additionally introduce heated steering wheels for the primary time).
Be careful for a little bit of a blindspot across the C-pillar, nevertheless, particularly on five-door fashions. It’s possible you’ll want these reversing digital camera choice packs…
Ford Fiesta: verdict
Ford has aced it once more. Anybody worrying they may’ve mucked up the brand new Fiesta, leaving a compromised globalised product – as they arguably did with the soon-to-depart Mondeo and Ecosport – can lay their fears to relaxation.
The brand new Ford Fiesta is all of the supermini we might wished for. It is enjoyable to drive, rewarding for fanatics and eventually has a correctly aggressive infotainment system. If solely it had higher consideration to high quality inside, we might be including that cherished fifth star. It is a sensible effort. Fiesta folks can lap it up with our hearty advice as soon as extra.
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Specs beneath for a Fiesta Titanium EcoBoost Hybrid 125