2017 Ford Fiesta Review Aug 29, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
Highly compact and incredibly affordable, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a great choice for drivers who don’t need much room or power but do want a reliable way to get around town. As a subcompact hatchback or sedan, the Fiesta delivers a small turning circle, great fuel economy, and the ability to always fit into that small parking spot. There are tradeoffs, of course, including a rear seat best left to children and no standard rearview camera on the entry-level model.
For the price you pay for the 2017 Ford Fiesta, you get a nice value. It starts at just $13,660, but that figure includes remote keyless entry, power mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and air conditioning. You also get 60/40 rear seats, height adjustment in front, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, and SYNC voice controls standard. As mentioned, you will need to upgrade a few trim levels to get a rearview camera, and you also need to upgrade to enjoy power windows, although all models at least have power locks. Unless you really don’t need much, we suggest getting at least the Fiesta SE trim for the full power accessories, cruise controls, automatic headlights, a front center console plus an armrest, and a trip computer—all of which you may view as essentials.
Although it requires upgrading the trim level, you can take advantage of the Fiesta’s small size and enjoy better features. Multiple models have the SYNC 3 infotainment system on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and heated front seats. Only the top-of-the-line trim, however, has keyless ignition, leather upholstery, the rearview camera, automatic climate control, and HD radio.
Unsurprisingly, you have more room to store items in the hatchback version of the Fiesta than the sedan, although the difference isn’t huge with the rear seats upright. The sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of space, a good amount for a subcompact, with the hatchback increasing this to 14.9 cubes. With the rear seats down, the Fiesta hatchback can hold 25.4 cubic feet. That may seem like a good figure, but it trails behind other subcompacts like the Honda Fit with its 52.7-cubic-foot cargo space. Even so, the average person will have more than enough cargo space in this car, particularly since you won’t be tempted to use the rear seats often. The front seats themselves are comfortable and spacious enough to make up for the lack of space in the rear.
Taking Advantage of Efficiency
Don’t expect to be wowed by the power of the 2017 Ford Fiesta, but you will be impressed by its efficiency. The most efficient version is the Fiesta with the EcoBoost engine, 1.0-liter turbo 3-cylinder with just 123 horsepower. What it lacks in power, it makes up for with efficiency, delivering 35 mpg combined, including 41 mpg on the highway and earning the title of a class leader. Even the base engine gets 30 mpg combined. If you want any semblance of sportiness and power, opt for the Fiesta ST with its 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder that generates 197 horsepower; you’ll still get 29 mpg combined, an impressive figure considering its output.
A reliable and affordable subcompact from Ford, the Fiesta offers drivers good value for its size and cost.