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Road Test: Ford Fiesta, Crossover, Vignale and ST-Line (2017)

Fiesta goes POSH.. all four of them

By Rob Gill Published

crossover | hatchback | Ford | Fiesta | Ford Fiesta | Vignale | ST-Line


THERE are now three things certain in life: Death, taxes . . . and the Ford Fiesta.

Britain’s all-time favourite car.

I’ll bet my left knacker either you, a friend, or someone in your family, has owned a Fiesta at some point.

I’m right, aren’t I? It’s almost the law. And the stats are incredible:

  • Close to 4.4million sales in 40 years, long-since trouncing the Ford Escort as Britain’s best-selling car.
  • Parked end to end, they’d cover 10,250 miles. London to Beijing — and back.
  • Or stacked on top of each other, it’s 700 Mount Everests.
  •  Numero uno in the sales charts every month for the past EIGHT YEARS.

Nothing touches it. Not even close.

There was one sold every four minutes in 2015. That’s 133,430 cars, an 18-year high.

And now . . . (I can already hear the groans from Vauxhall and VW) . . . and now, there’s going to be a family of them.

The Fiesta has been reinvented for 2017 — it’s much, much posher, ­darlings

The Fiesta has been reinvented for 2017 — it’s much, much posher, ­darlings — alongside crossover, sporty ST and even lusher Vignale versions.

The new Fab 4.



Most popular trim level. Core range also includes Style and Zetec



Fiesta Active  has raised ride height, roof bars and cladding



Full-on luxury with quilted leather seats, chrome detailing,   18in alloys


Sporty ST-Line

Sporty looks, suspension and brakes but sensible engines. Hot ST to follow in 2018



One sold every 4mins in UK

No1 seller every month for 8yrs

Original 1976 Fiesta cost £1,856. It had 4 - speed manual and choke

Today’s 1-litre EcoBoost (140hp) has morepower per litre than Bugatti Veyron

I’m sure you have already studied the photos and gone, “Pah, what’s all the fuss about? It doesn’t look much different”.

And you’d be right, apart from those horizontal rear lights which make it look wider.

But why rip up a winning formula?

But why rip up a winning formula?

The big changes are inside, where the Fiesta was starting to look a bit Help the Aged. Not any more, though. This eighth-generation Fiesta is the most sophisticated, technically- advanced supermini yet.


It has an 8in HD touchscreen, reducing the number of buttons by half. It is better connected with Apple CarPlay as standard.

Big tick too for the brick-sized “media bin” with USB and 12v ports.


It has a Bang & Olufsen sound ­system. An opening panoramic glass roof. And everything you see and touch is better quality. Clue: The interior design guy is ex-Audi.

It is also brimming with big car technology like hands-free parking, stop/go cruise control, 360-degree cameras, radars and sensors and auto emergency braking.


It can even detect people stepping into the road at night from 130 metres and slow.

All in a supermini.

And, of course, there are loads of ways to personalise your ride.


The current Fiesta is already the best handling small car out there. Its steering and road holding are second to none.

Ford promise the 2017 Fiesta has gone up another level with cornering grip improved by ten per cent, ­braking by eight per cent.


A new six-speed manual improves efficiency and new petrol and diesel engines have sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

But all this goodness comes at a cost. The move upmarket will see the Fiesta go up in price too, starting at around £12,750.



That’s £3,000 more than a basic Fiesta earlier this year — and £3,000 more than a Vauxhall Corsa.

Expect PCP deals from around £160 a month. Out July.




Tech a look inside


8in HD touchscreen

Apple CarPlay

Bang & Olufsen sound system

Hands-free parking

Stop/go cruise control

360-degree cameras

Auto emergency braking

Pedestrian detection

Lane-keeping assist

Traffic sign recognition

Opening panoramic glass roof

“Media bin” with USB/12v

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The interior design guy is ex-Audi
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Britain's all-time Top 10 Cars

1. Ford Fiesta 4,379,220

2. Ford Escort 4,105,192

3. Vauxhall Astra 3,001,031

4. Ford Cortina 2,589,351

5. VW Golf 2,053,131

6. Vauxhall Corsa 2,027,600

7. Ford Focus 1,871,000

8. Vauxhall Cavalier 1,816,529

9. Austin/Rover Mini 1,581,887

10. Austin/Rover Metro 1,498,169

History of the ford Fiesta


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Ford Fiesta 1976-1983


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Ford Fiesta 1989-1995FordFiesta_1995-2002_Fiesta_LX-1999

Ford Fiesta 1995-2002FordFiesta_2002-2008_2006_06

Ford Fiesta 2002-2008FordFiesta_2008-2016_New-Ford-Fiesta_01

Ford Fiesta 2008-2016 03-Fiesta-40th-Dagenham

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