2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

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2017 MODEL
$13,960 - $21,140 See Inventory Prices

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2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

he Fiesta Hatchback is a subcompact car by Ford which provides excellent handling and nimbleness with decent performance. Starting at $13,660, the Fiesta S Hatchback is one of the cheapest subcompact cars in the market.

Up against the likes of Honda Fit Lx, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa, the Fiesta is placed at the bottom in pricing compared to them and while it manages to undercut them in few ways through its base model, the higher trims seem like a better choice.

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Pros

Excellent handling

Fun to drive

Comfortable front seats

Stylish design

Cons

Underwhelming performance

Mediocre cargo volume

Cramped rear seats

Less features for the base model

What's New?

No major changes when compared to its previous iteration

Ford has added few features to the SE trim and Titanium trim Both trims are offered in new paint schemes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13960

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu. in.

horsepower

120 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

112 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

7.9 in. ventilated front disc/10.2 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

98 in.

length

159.7 in.

width

67.8 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

2537 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

166 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

highway range

434 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

 2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback in Magnetic Metallic color
Ingot Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.4

Engine

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.6

Interior

5.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

5.3

Comfort

5.7

Driving

9.1

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback S

S

power
120 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$13,960


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $13,960 MSRP (27/30/35) 120 hp @ 6350 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Blue Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  Bohai Bay Mint Metallic
  Chrome Copper Metallic
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic

 2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback SE

SE

power
120 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$15,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $15,190 MSRP (27/30/35) 120 hp @ 6350 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Titanium

Titanium

power
120 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$18,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,950 MSRP (27/31/37) 120 hp @ 6350 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback ST

ST

power
197 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,140


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $21,140 MSRP (26/29/33) 197 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.0

Overall Rating


Powered by a 1.6L engine, 5-speed manual transmission with an option for a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Ford Fiesta S Hatchback produces 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an FWD drivetrain and does 0-60 mph in 9.7s and the quarter mile in 17.2s. The Hatchback can accommodate 5 passengers and has a decent fuel economy.

 


6.4/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 

8.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

5.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Features

6.4/10

The 2017 Ford Fiesta comes in two models, Hatchback and Sedan, where the Hatchback is offered in 4 trims- S, SE, ST, and Titanium, while the Sedan is offered in 3 trims - S, SE, and Titanium. The base model starts at $13,660, while SE costs a further $14,890, and the Titanium is the more expensive $18,650. The ST is offered at $21,140.

The Hatchbacks come with similar powertrains, with only the SE offering an optional 1.0L EcoBoost engine and the ST coming standard with a 1.6L Turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission. Every successive trim offers more features while remaining similar in offering the standard powertrain and its optional equivalent. The SE is a sporty hatchback compared to the rest of its fellow models, hence can be called as the top-end trim.

Trims

S

SE

Titanium

MSRP

$13,660

$14,890

$18,650

Features

Rear view camera

S basic features, plus these and more:

SE basic features, plus these and more:

 

CD player with MP3 capability and 6 speakers

MyKey

Sony Premium Branded Audio with 8 speakers

 

AM/FM stereo

Ambient lighting

SYNC 3

 

SYNC

15-inch Sparkle Silver-painted Aluminum wheels

Heated 1st-row seats

   

Cruise control

 

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Engine

7.5/10

"Hit the road in the 2017 Ford Fiesta and you'll find the standard suspension tuning and precise steering feel make for very satisfying driving dynamics without sacrificing ride comfort"- KBB

Engine and Transmission 

Powered by a 1.6L engine with a 5-speed manual transmission, a combination of which churns out 120 hp and 112 lb-ft, the Fiesta is more of a laid-back sort of driving the car with enough power to weave around traffic and just coast on the highway. Power delivery is mediocre at best while the transmission is pretty well equipped. The Fiesta S is offered in an FWD drivetrain.

The manual transmission really does serve as the silver lining over the Fiesta; it makes the car much more fun to drive while the optional 6-speed automatic transmission is dull and not recommended if you are the sort of person who\u2019d fall asleep really quick.

The competition is quite stiff in this segment; the Fiesta and the Honda Fit Lx are similar in power delivery and performance, while the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris both come behind the Ford and the Honda. The Honda has better torque, hence better acceleration compared to the Ford but the overall package is stronger on the Fiesta.

Models

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

MSRP

$14,505

$16,090

$16,375

$16,380

Engine

1.6-Liter Ti-VCT I-4

1.6 L 4-cylinder Regular Unleaded

1.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve VVT-i

1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder

Transmission

5-speed manual

6 speed Manual

4-speed automatic

CVT-automatic

Power

120 hp

130 hp

106 hp

109 hp

Torque

112 lb.-ft.

114 lb.-ft.

103 lb.-ft.

107 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

The Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6L engine together with a 5-speed manual transmission which produces 120hp and 112 lb-ft. Naturally, with these numbers, one can expect a meagre performance at this level - and that is exactly what happens. It takes a good 9.7s to reach from 0-60 mph while quarter mile distance is completed in 17.2s. This is average at this price level but not too bad either.

Models

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

0-60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.2 sec

10.2 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

16..0 sec

17.0 sec

17.6 sec

Engine

1.6L

1.6L

1.5L

1.6L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.8

NA

5.5

5

On the other hand, the better torque-equipped Honda shaves off a good second in both tests compared to the Ford. The Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris are not too far away compared to the Fiesta. The Honda has better acceleration compared to the field.

Ride and Handling

The Hatchback offers an extremely fun driving experience. It has one of the best handling experiences in its price segment and type. It offers excellent and nimble suspension, while being greatly maneuverable, and stays stable, while the steering is responsive to touch. The Sporty ST offers the best package for driving experience; it offers a more powerful engine with a better sport-tuned suspension making it a better car over the base models in the subject of a fun driving experience.

Braking

The front brake on the Ford Fiesta measures 10.2in while the rear measures 7.9. Compared to the rest of the field, it should provide decent braking performance compared to the rest of the field, but it is quite disappointing. Under brake testing, it measures 129ft before coming to a standstill from 60 mph. The Honda Fit provides the best braking in this segment while the rest of the cars really provide mediocre performance.

All cars weigh about the same with the Yaris being the lightest and the Fiesta weighing the most.

Model

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

Brake Front(in)

10.2

7.9

10

10

Brake Rear(in)

7.9

7.9

7.9

8.0

Curb weight(lbs)

2537

2513

2335

2485

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

118

127

127

The Fiesta S Hatchback is offered with only 2 new different paint jobs while remaining unchanged in the rest compared to its previous iteration. The 4-door hatchback comes with a bold design while reminding the eyes its got a sporty look. The Fiesta has a good looking design with the conventional Ford-grille in front, giving it a rather aggressive feeling to the look.

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Fuel Economy

8.6/10

The 1.6L engine on the Fiesta gets 27 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway while 30 mpg combined. These numbers are quite decent for what the car offers, however, the competition performs way better than the Fiesta. The Nissan Versa, in particular, gives 31 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined, being the best fuel efficient car in the field. The Yaris, Fit and Fiesta perform almost similar with the Honda and Toyota a tad better than the Ford.

Model

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

mpg (city)

27

29

30

31

mpg (highway)

35

36

35

39

mpg (combined)

30

32

32

34

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Interior

5.0/10

"2017 Ford Fiesta may be Ford's least expensive car, but it doesn't feel like it. The interior is notable for both its high-quality materials and its stylish good looks"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Stylish and good look, the interior of the Fiesta S has roomy front while providing good amounts of features for the price range. Granted the subcompact car does not seem to warrant elegance or luxurious design, but at this price range, the interiors are decent in its offering which Ford has done a commendable job on.

The cabin is not too overly large, it is quite small while the front seats are roomy and spacious, with good amounts of legroom and headspace. Trouble starts once you go over to the rear seats; cramped and uncomfortable, the rear seats can accommodate 5 but with discomfort. Overall, the Fiesta has a nice aesthetic design while practicality takes a big hit.

The Honda Fit has better interior space with the Nissan sharing similar attribute whereas the Ford and Toyota Yaris have similar drawbacks.

Model

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

85.1

95.7

85.1

94.1

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/52.7/42.2

39.5/54.8/41.4

39.3/52.5/40.6

40.8/51.7/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/49/31.2

39.3/52.6/37.5

37.6/51.8/33.3

38/51.9/38.3

Interior features

  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Infotainment System
  • 4-way manual front passenger seat

Cargo Volume

The Fiesta S offers average cargo volume with 14.9 cubic feet. With the seats folded, it can be extended further to 25.4 cubic feet, which is still average. On the other hand, Honda Fit can accommodate a tad more cargo at 16.6 cubic feet but with the seats folded, it has a generous holding of 52.7 cubic feet. The Toyota Yaris can only hold 15.6 cubic feet without the ability to fold the seats, while Nissan Versa can hold a good 18.8 cubic feet and an average 38.3 cubic feet after the seats have been folded.

Model

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

Behind 2nd Row (ft.cube)

14.9

16.6

15.6

18.8

2nd Row Folded (ft.cube)

25.4

52.7

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38.3

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Exterior

8.0/10

"In a world where “affordable-subcompact” too often means “dowdy and unattractive,” the 2017 Ford Fiesta wears a stylish and distinctive suit"- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The Hatchback measures 159.7in in length, 67.8in wide and 58.1in tall while having a ground clearance of 6.1in. The car wheelbase measures 98in and weighs 2537lbs. The Fiesta is compact in its measuring and has a good ground clearance.

Comparing the rest of the field, the Fiesta Hatchback tucks itself right in the middle; it is not too long, but a tad wider and taller. The Honda is the shortest car in the field with a similar wheelbase as that of the Fiesta while the Nissan Versa is the longest with the longest wheelbase as well.

Model

Ford Fiesta S Hatch

Honda Fit Lx

Toyota Yaris 5-Door L

Nissan Versa Note SV

Curb weight(lbs)

2537

2513

2335

2485

Length(in)

159.7

160.0

155.5

163.7

Width(in)

67.8

67.0

66.7

66.7

Height(in)

58.1

60.0

59.4

60.5

Ground clearance(in)

6.1

6.3

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase(in)

98.0

99.6

98.8

102.4

Track width(in) F/R

57.7/57.7

58.0/58.3

58.5/57.9

58.3/58.5

On the subject of curb weight, the Fiesta is the heaviest while Honda Fit is right behind its tail. Even so, the Ford is nimble, smooth and provides excellent maneuverability.

Exterior Features 

  • Carbon black lower grille
  • Black beltline
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Acoustic - laminate windshield
  • Solar tinted glasses
  • Keyless Entry keypad (Optional)

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Safety

5.3/10

Safety features

  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, height-adjustable retractable front outboard safety belts
  • AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Child-Safety Rear Door Locks
  • LATCH - Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors (for child-safety seats)
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System

The crash tests have been poorly rated by IIHS for the Fiesta whereas the NHTSA has given it 4 stars on almost all tests conducted although they\u2019re still up for debate by the agency themselves. The car is by no means a top pick by safety experts.

IIHS Crash test results 

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Marginal

Small overlap front passenger side

N/A

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

CRASH AVOIDANCE & MITIGATION

Front crash prevention

N/A

Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use

Poor

NHTSA Crash test results

Overall Rating

4 Star

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

5 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating overall

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating Driver

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

5 Star

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Competition

Honda Fit Lx vs Ford Fiesta 

Priced at $16,090, the hatchback is powered by a 1.6L 4 cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and produces 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. It does 0-60mph in 8.2s and quarter mile distance in 16.0s. It has better performance, more cargo volume, spacious seating, relatively more roomy interior, and better fuel efficiency. It also comes with a rearview camera and a touchscreen infotainment system - which is available only on higher Titanium trim for the Ford. The Fit also receives excellent safety rating, making it all the more a better alternative to the Ford.

The Honda Fit Lx checks and betters mostly everything the Ford offers, making it a much better deal for the price.

Toyota Yaris vs Ford Fiesta

The Toyota Yaris starts at $16,375 and comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine which produces 106 hp and 103lb-ft of torque. The Yaris performs similar to the Fiesta S while giving better fuel economy and a tad better cargo volume. It provides similar interior space as well. The car handles well and has a stable ride.

 For $3000 more, the Yaris hardly seems like a wise choice to buy. Best alternative would be Fiesta’s own $14,890 SE trim or Titanium, which is $2000 more than the Yaris yet offers a lot more than the Japanese manufacturer at $16,375.

Nissan Versa vs Ford Fiesta 

Costing $16,380, the Nissan Versa offers 1.6L engine with CVT automatic transmission and produces 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. The Versa performs similar to the Fiesta but provides much better fuel economy. It can accommodate lot more cargo volume and also has better and more spacious interior.

Again, the Nissan Versa offers pretty much what the Fiesta does, but for $3000 more, the higher trims of the Ford are much better in comparison to the Versa for they provide a lot more than the standard base model of the Nissan at the similar price range. But for all the benefits Versa has to offer, it is still a decent buy.

2017 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Final Verdict

Again, the Nissan Versa offers pretty much what the Fiesta does, but for $3000 more, the higher trims of the Ford are much better in comparison to the Versa for they provide a lot more than the standard base model of the Nissan at similar price range. But for all the benefits Versa has to offer, it is still a decent buy.

But the car suffers from poor safety rating, mediocre performance, cramped interior space, and no rearview camera, which is available only on the $18,650 Titanium trim. If these do not cause a hindrance from enticing you to buy it, the Fiesta is still an extremely fun car to drive.