2014 Fiesta

2018 Ford Fiesta hatchback

Pros: Invigorating performance of ST model; good ride quality for a subcompact; all versions have a nimble, fun-to-drive character

Cons: Limited passenger and cargo room; unconventional control layout; occasionally clunky performance from automated-manual transmission

CG Says: The 2018 Ford Fiesta gains a standard rearview camera for all models and drops its optional turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine. Otherwise, Fiesta is unchanged. The Fiesta is a front-wheel-drive subcompact offered in both sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles. Fiesta’s standard engine is a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder that mates to a five-speed manual or six-speed automated-manual transmission. Standard on the sporty ST model is a 197-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. Ford touts Fiesta as sporty, upscale subcompact, and we mostly agree. Fuel economy with the base engine has been terrific in our tests, but we prefer the slick 5-speed manual to the PowerShift 6-speed automated manual. The delightful ST model delivers high-performance driving thrills with little compromise in day-to-day practicality, save for a stiffer ride and confining front bucket seats. Fiesta’s greatest weakness has been its relatively cramped passenger and cargo accommodations. While it isn’t our favorite subcompact, Fiesta is worthy of consideration.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S sedan: $14,990
S hatchback: $15,290
SE sedan: $16,220
SE hatchback: $16,520
Titanium sedan: $19,980
Titanium hatchback: $20,280
ST hatchback: $22,070

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder (S, SE, Titanium)
Horsepower
120
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (ST)
Horsepower
197
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST
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2018 Ford Fiesta sedan
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 4
80%

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