Ford Fiesta

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How much does the Ford Fiesta cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Ford Fiesta to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the Supermini segment, it’s one of the best you can choose.

The Ford Fiesta 1.5L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 88 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Renault Clio 1.5L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 8, which is lower than the Citroen C3 1.4L diesel, but higher than the Renault Clio 1.5L diesel.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
mpg49.5 - 65.764.249.5 - 54.367.3 - 68.942.8 - 49.5
emissions97 - 129101120 - 133107 - 110133 - 154
tax£0.00 - £125.00£20.00£145.00 - £30.00£20.00£145.00 - £200.00
insuranceGroup 6 - 19Group 2 - 5Group 3 - 9Group 6 - 8Group 8 - 9

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Ford Fiesta: How big is the boot?

The Ford Fiesta has an above average boot space (292 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and one large bag. Alternatively you could load up with 2 large bags or 2 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the Ford Fiesta easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Hyundai I10.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the Fiesta is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 810mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Smart Forfour.

Which Ford Fiesta has the best performance?

The fastest Ford Fiesta from 0-60, is the 1.5L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 290 lbs/ft torque and 200 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the MINI Hatchback 1.6L petrol, which will beat your Ford Fiesta to 60 by 0.2 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
zeroTo629 - 14.914 - 14.913.3 - 16.914.8 - 14.912.2 - 13.9
torque105 - 210108109 - 114160128
bhp80 - 14070 - 8560 - 8268 - 7096

What size caravan or trailer, can the Ford Fiesta tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Ford Fiesta 1.5L diesel which has 270 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.