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Ford Fiesta test (2022): why the best-driving small car is also almost the most expensive

With the facelift of the Ford Fiesta (2022), the broom went through the offer. He still drives great, but Ford cut the offer considerably. Why might bargain hunters drop out now?

At Ford they did a big cleaning. Not only the Ford Focus, the other successful Ford model also received a facelift. The Fiesta was also ready, because it has been on the market for five years and the competition is fierce. Actually, someone should make a gif of the old Ford Fiesta and the facelifted version. Then you see the corners of the mouth of the compact hatchback go up and down again. Up and down again.

Because after its interim update, the Fiesta suddenly ‘smiles’ and proudly presents the Ford logo in the grille. Just like with the Focus. Just like the other changes: a higher hood, different LED headlights and slightly modified taillights. The Fiesta can be recognized at the back by its black-rimmed light units.

Clear offer

Perhaps more important than the ‘smile’, is that the broom goes through the engine range. The Fiesta only comes in two three-cylinder engine flavors; a 125 hp mild hybrid three-cylinder with a capacity of 999 cc and a fast ST-X with 1.5 liters, which produces 200 hp. The three-cylinder EcoBoost Hybrid is available as Titanium, Titanium X, ST Line and ST Line X. All versions are available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Price Ford Fiesta: 25,000 euros

The prices of the Fiesta range from 24,825 euros (Titanium with manual transmission) to 29,500 euros (ST Line X with automatic transmission). The 200 hp ‘pocket rocket’ ST-X costs 36,420 euros. The scrapping in equipment and engine variants is forced, due to a shortage of parts.

Are the corners of your mouth going down from these prices? That may be right, because Ford has especially not spared the entry-level versions when pruning. For example, the 1.1-liter base engine with 75 hp (which cost 20,815 euros) is only available from stock, just like the 1.0 EcoBoost with 100 hp. If you want a cheap Fiesta, it is therefore advisable to inquire with the dealer what he still has.

Titanium X is the Fiesta you want

Ford is compensating for the high base price with favorable option packages. For example, the Driver Assistance package with adaptive cruise control (with traffic jam assistant if you opt for the automatic transmission), traffic sign recognition, fatigue recognition and a color display in the instrumentation, only 300 euros. If we can give a purchase recommendation: leave the basic version Titanium and invest 1225 euros extra for the Titanium X. For that amount you get, among other things, keyless access, a reversing camera, a navigation system, a height-adjustable passenger seat and a rain sensor.

Fast, but also a bit noisy

The interior of the Fiesta is one big nostalgic experience: a gear lever that you have to operate by hand, a ‘real’ handbrake and lots of buttons instead of pin screens and impenetrable menu structures. We therefore have nothing negative to say about the operation, which speaks for itself. However, do not think that the Fiesta is an outdated car, it is equipped with an extensive navigation system with voice control, a wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control and a system that warns you if you threaten to enter the highway via the exit.

Cheerful-spirited grunt

Like the Focus, the Fiesta is a grunt on a cold start. The three-cylinder likes to let you know that he is awake and remains quite present in the city. Coincidentally, we also drive in the test week with competitor Mazda 2, which is equipped with a four-cylinder engine and is much quieter. The sound of the EcoBoost engine fades into the background if you maintain a constant speed during highway trips.

Once out of town, you have every reason to be merry. For example, the performance of the engine, with a 100th sprint in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of exactly 200 km/h. The maximum torque of 190 Nm (overboost: 230 Nm) is already available at 1400 rpm, so that you can safely overtake even at low speeds. In exchange for its sprinting power, the engine does not require excessive gas. We arrive at 5.4 l/100 km (1 in 18.5). That corresponds to the manufacturer’s specification, which fluctuates between 4.9 and 6.0 l/100 km.

Little to complain about

Behind the wheel of the Fiesta there is little to complain about anyway: it has nice seats, steers well and has a smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox. The base is sturdy, but not too much. That’s also nice for the passengers in the back, because they come further bare. The headroom in the back seat in particular is too tight for tall people.

More expensive than a Yaris or Clio

Is a facelift enough to make the Fiesta Hybrid sparkle again in the B-segment? Yes and no. The Fiesta has always been a nice driving car and it remains so, but it is now one of the most expensive cars in the B-segment. Although it is not so bad if you put him next to his hybrid competitors. For example, a Toyota Yaris with a hybrid powertrain costs 23,150 euros. At Renault they even ask a little more for the 140 hp Clio E-Tech Hybrid: you pay 24,850 euros. The difference is that the Toyota and Renault also have a cheap basic version without hybrid technology. The basic Yaris costs 20,450 euros, a Clio you have from 21,950 euros.

In addition, the Clio and the Yaris are newer than the Fiesta; both models are only two years old. Only at Volkswagen will you be shocked, because the Germans ask 24,690 euros for a modest 95 hp version of the Polo. In any case, the Fiesta has to survive until 2026, when it will probably get an electric successor.

And this is our verdict on the Ford Fiesta

The shortage of parts forces Ford to make firm decisions. Except for the dynamic ST-X, you can only opt for the mild hybrid with 125 hp. That causes a significant price increase, but you get the typical Ford driving pleasure in return. In the city, the three-cylinder is a bit too noisy and in the back is an adult not for fun.

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