The Fiesta was a very easy car to drive. This may not come as a great surprise, but it felt very similar to what we experienced in our recent Ford Puma review.
The 100PS engine that our Fiesta was powered by is by no means the punchiest in its lineup and if I had to recommend one, I’d say choose the upgraded 125PS option.
One of the strengths of the Fiesta lineup is the variety in engines, so there are options for everyone. This 100PS was powerful enough for your typical motorway speeds, but there are some obvious upgrades by choosing the beefier engines. The six-speed manual gearbox was good and transitioned well between the gears.
It wasn’t the quietest engine we’ve ever experienced. You hear some of its hissing as you progress through the gears, but otherwise, the outside noise is very competitive for this class.
The handling is nice and agile, but also very smooth at the same time - almost reminiscent of what we witnessed during our Abarth 595 review. Ride quality is slightly firm, but the Fiesta’s suspension does deal with humps and bumps well.
Where the Fiesta did strive was its fuel economy, which, thanks to the hybrid technology was impressive.
This is a real feather in the cap for the Fiesta and one that puts it ahead of many of the typical hatchbacks you might consider in this price range.