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Ford Fiesta (2008-2017) Buying Guide

Ford Fiesta (2008-2017)
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by Richard Dredge

Ever since the original Fiesta was launched in 1976 the baby Ford has come to define the supermini segment. For decades it's been one of the best-selling cars in the UK, and it's not hard to see why. Fun to drive, brilliant value and cheap to run, it's no wonder the Fiesta is a national institution. Thanks to its popularity there are masses to choose from so you won't have to travel far to find one, and there are lots of variations on the theme to choose from, so whether your focus is on performance or economy there's a Fiesta for you. As an all-rounder, you really can't buy a more accomplished used supermini, while the Fiesta ST is one of the finest hot hatches available.

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We LikeWe Don't Like
Low running costs
Smart design
Good engines
Brilliant ST edition
Some poor cabin plastics
Tight rear head room
Awkward boot access
Key Dates 
07/08The seventh-generation Fiesta debuts with 1.25, 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines, along with 1.4 or 1.6 diesels. The 1.25 comes in 59 or 81bhp forms, there are three or five-door hatchbacks, and Studio, Style, Style+, Zetec, Zetec S and Titanium trim levels and there's a 98g/km Econetic too.
10/09Edge trim joins the range between Style+ and Zetec.
3/12The Econetic's CO2 emissions are cut to 87g/km.
6/09The 1.4 petrol gets an auto option from June 2009.
4/10The sporty 118bhp S1600 arrives.
4/12The 180bhp ST appears with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine.
3/13A facelifted Fiesta arrives, along with Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine.
5/15The 138bhp 1.0T Zetec S reaches showrooms.
6/16The 197bhp ST200 debuts.
  • Door seals come away from the door frame, leading to wind noise and water leaks into the cabin.
  • Diesel Fiestas can suffer from hesitancy at low speeds, making quick getaways from junctions tricky.
  • Windscreen washers pack in when the under-bonnet hose gets trapped in the bonnet hinge, kinking the hose.
  • Gear selection can be tricky, especially reverse and first. It's often easier to select whatever gear you can get, before moving to the one you want.
  • Alloy wheels can buckle, especially the 16 and 17-inch rims. Replacement is the only solution.
  • Steering racks and track rod ends wear quickly but repairs aren't costly.

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