New for 2015
The Fiesta enters 2015 largely unchanged after a refresh for 2014, but makes several minor cosmetic changes: 16-inch alloy wheels are available on SE and SE appearance packages; a 6.5-inch screen is available with MyFord Touch; and Magnetic Metallic and Storm Gray are added as exterior colors.
The Fiesta is a subcompact four-door sedan and hatchback that fits below the Focus as Ford’s smallest car. The different Fiesta models all have a different driving feel, from the miserly 1.0-liter EcoBoost to the sporting ST, and each appeals to a different buyer.
The volume front-drive Fiesta sedan and four-door hatchback are available with two different engines, and two transmissions. The standard engine is a 1.6-liter I-4 that makes 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The SFE model, the automaker’s fuel-efficiency trim, adds a few aerodynamic pieces and increases EPA-estimated fuel economy from the base 27/37 mpg city/highway to 28/38 mpg on the automatic models. The SFE model with a manual transmission is quite a different story, however, as it gets a turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 that makes 123 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque and the five-speed, which is good for an EPA-estimated 31/43 mpg.
The high-performance Fiesta ST comes exclusively in four-door hatchback form with a six-speed manual transmission and a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, which makes 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the little hot hatch is 26/35 mpg.
The 2015 Ford Fiesta has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but only scored two stars in the side crash test. The IIHS designated the sedan and hatchback Top Safety Picks for 2013.
What We Think
After the revisions for 2014, we like Ford’s smallest car even more. The automatic is much better at low speeds (we’d faulted it for being jerky and indecisive), the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is brilliant, and the ST continues to be fun on the street and track. Our 2014 Four Seasons Fiesta ST has done everything from autocross, track days, and the occasional road trip. The road trippers suffered a bit of fatigue from the performance-oriented suspension, but noted that it never lost its composure, even during larger impacts. The smaller Fiesta ST hatchback provides such a fun driving experience that it snuck its way into our 2014 All-Stars list, stealing the spot from the Focus ST.
We like B-class cars because they typically offer more dramatic design and more interesting technology than larger cars. Even so, the driving experience of cars like the Fiat 500, Honda Fit and Mazda 2 doesn’t always match the elegance of the design solution. Until now, the Chevrolet Sonic has been our class favorite for fast driving. But with the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE, we finally have the European-style small car that we’ve wanted all along.
- ST model for weekend autocross
- SFE 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 is surprisingly fun and incredibly efficient
- Less than a Focus, and more fun
You Won’t Like
- Back seat is small for adults
- Hatchback has small cargo area
- Observed cost-of-ownership is high on our Four Seasons Fiesta ST
- Honda Fit
- Fiat 500
- Chevrolet Sonic