This Ford Fiesta video review covers the hatchback and sedan body styles as well as the EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder model. We include information about pricing, fuel economy, interior space, available features, safety, competitors and what it's like to drive. For more information, read the 2015 Ford Fiesta Review.
The Fiesta is available as a sedan and a hatchback, both of which come with a 120-hp four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual is standard, but an automated manual transmission is optional. It changes gears for you like any other automatic, but it's more efficient and gets more power out of the engine.
Fuel economy is strong with the base engine, but for something special, we'd recommend trying the more powerful 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. You can only get it with the manual transmission, but it returns 5 more mpg and is the quickest car in the segment.
Whether you get the sedan or the hatchback, you'll find a car that feels bigger, quieter and more substantial behind the wheel than you'd expect given its size and price. At the same time, the Fiesta has quick, responsive steering with lots of feedback, and handling that in general stands out in the segment. It's legitimately fun to drive.
There are still plenty of hard plastics inside, but there are plenty of soft-touch ones as well. You also have access to lots of equipment. Bluetooth and the Sync multimedia interface are standard even on the $14,000 base model, while options include heated seats, auto climate control and the MyFord Touch interface that brings with it a touchscreen and the option of a rearview camera and navigation.
The government gave the Fiesta four out of five stars for overall crash protection.
The Ford Fiesta is one of two Edmunds A-rated subcompact cars along with the redesigned Honda Fit. The Fit is more spacious and efficient; the Fiesta is better to drive, has a nicer cabin and is available as a sedan. Both are cars we would quickly recommend.