2017 Ford Fiesta

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in Compact sedans
2017 MODEL
$13,660 - $18,650 See Inventory Prices

6.6

Overall Rating

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Making a small car is tough. You need to compromise on style, performance and utility. But the 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan is not just another small car. It is backed by powerful engine choice(s). It competes with Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual), the KiaRio (LX Manual) and the Hyundai Accent (SE Manual).

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Pros

Crisp Exteriors

Excellent steering

Fun to drive around

Cons

Low on safety features

Bulky transmission

Infotainment system could have been better

What's New?

The new 2017 Ford Fiesta gets pro-handling in the ST version

The interiors too have been redesigned

While the fuel thirsty 3-cylinder engine now gives much better figures than before.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13660

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 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

173.6 in.

width

67.8 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

2578 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.8 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



Styles

 2017 Ford Fiesta in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Shadow Black color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Oxford White color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Chrome Copper Metallic color  2017 Ford Fiesta in Bohai Bay Mint Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

5.7

Engine

6.5

Interior

6.3

Exterior

6.5

Safety

6.3

Driving

8.5

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Fiesta S

S

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

$13,660


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $13,660 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 NA

 2017 Ford Fiesta SE

SE

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

$14,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $14,890 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 NA

 2017 Ford Fiesta Titanium

Titanium

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

$18,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,650 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 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 9, 2019

6.6

Overall Rating


5.7/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 
 

6.3/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 

6.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

With a starting price of $13,660, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is priced cheaper than all its rivals, but this price gap doesn't make any difference in the performance of the car, which still remains top notch considering the other cars in this segment .

2017 Ford Fiesta Features

5.7/10

The 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan comes in three trims. Both these trims are powered by a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT I4 engine that generates about 120 hp at 5500 rpm and 112 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. It is a five-passenger car and gives a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.

Trim

Fiesta S

Fiesta SE

Fiesta titanium

MSRP

$13,660

$14,890

$18,650

Key

Features

  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Door Locks
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Steering
  • Alarm
  • Cruise Control
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Fog Lamps (Optional)
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Trip Computer
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Keyless Entry

Power Door Locks

Power Mirrors

Driver Vanity Mirror

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Power Steering

 Along with this, the New Fiesta does get SYNC Auto infotainment system and new, redesigned Chrome grilles as standard across variants.

We Recommend

While the Base version contains all the basic features that one requires in this price range, I would suggest going for the SE variant as it gets Climate control and a better audio system at not too much a price difference.

2017 Ford Fiesta Engine

6.5/10

"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"- Edmunds 

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT I4 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and produces about 120 hp of power at 5500 rpm and 112 lb-ft of Torque a 5000 rpm.

The Fiesta is best to run on Gasoline and this is where the full capability of the car is at the display.

Models

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

MSRP

$13,660

$15,145

$14,165

$14,745

Engine

1.6L Ti-VCT I-4

ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder

1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

1.6L DOHC 16-Valve I-4 GDI\xa0

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

120 hp

138 hp

138 hp

137 hp

Torque

112 lb-ft

125 lb-ft

123 lb-ft

123 lb-ft

Here, all the rivals are pretty much similar, with each of them offering a 1.5-liter engine, sans the Chevrolet Sonic which has a 1.8-liter engine. The Horsepower and Torque values for all of them are quite similar, with the benchmark being set by the Sonic, quite expectedly, considering its bigger engine.

These entire cars offer a manual transmission as standard with 5/6 speed gearboxes as standard.

Acceleration

The Fiesta engine does fine in all parameter barring this where it is just a bit slow of the blocks at 9.5 seconds, about a second slower than the Kia Rio at first place. The emission from the Fiesta is the least.

Models

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai accent (SE manual)

0-60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.7 sec

8.4 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

16.6 sec

16.7 sec

Engine

1.6L

1.8L

1.6L

1.6L

Emission

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

5.8

6.1

5.6

5.7

The Rio is the fastest amongst all the parameters here with the Accent being a close second. The Sonic and the Fiesta take the other two positions here.

Handling and Steering

Much like the previous Fiestas, this one too makes you convince that it has far more credentials than it actually does. The steering and the fine suspension tuning do prove this. The steering has just the right amount of weight to it which makes the Fiesta feel responsive and nimble, especially for those highway rides.

Though, the dynamics are surely in for some complaints. This car is short and hard braking makes it go nose-diving, well almost! The ride quality could have been better too with problems regarding the car hopping around while passing over a pothole being the most glaring.

Braking

There is a surprise in here as the Fiesta, placed last when comes to acceleration, has the best brakes, two things which are generally proportional. However, hard braking should be avoided on this car as it tends to nosedive.

Model

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Brake Front (in.)

10.2

10.8

10.1

10.1

Brake Rear (in.)

7.9

9.0

10.3

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2578

2773

2494

2480

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

124

127

123

The Rio takes the longest to stop, again a surprise considering that it has the best acceleration in business, while the Accent and the Sonic take the other two places with similar figures.

The Fiesta designs are bold and spunky. While the 5 door Fiesta hatchback is the more stylish, the 4 door Sedan will please the eyes of a Traditionalist, who wants a conventional trunk. The Fiesta gets an arch line rooftop and a crisp side profile. The low stance adds up to the view as well.

2017 Ford Fiesta Fuel Economy

The 2017 Ford fiesta gives a fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city, and 35 mpg on the highway. These figure are considerable if we look at the figures of the others.

Model

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai accent (SE manual)

MPG (city)

27

25

27

27

MPG (highway)

35

33

36

37

MPG (combined)

30

28

31

31

Here, the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent are the best with a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. The Fiesta is just a shade behind at 30 mpg while the fourth placed Sonic isn\u2019t far either at 28 mpg.

2017 Ford Fiesta Interior

6.3/10

"As a sedan or hatchback, the 2017 Ford Fiesta seats five; however, rear-seat legroom is a bit cramped even for a subcompact. Cargo volume is generous"- KBB

Seating and Comfort

The inside of the Ford Fiesta is the place to be. The upper dash and the door trim, along with the quality seat fabrics give the car an upscale feel. The newly available SYNC system is not something you see often in this bracket of cars.

One such thing which could be changed is the switches and toggles on the dash, which are in the shape of rounded knobs, preferring styling over convenience.

This is something where the Ford Engineers need to work on, big time. Though the front seats look good, they are nothing more than those cushioned bar stools. Again, they lack in practicality and are more inclined towards styling.

Model

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai accent (SE manual)

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/52.7/42.2

38.7/53.4/41.8

40.0/53.1/43.8

39.9/53.7/41.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/49/31.2

37.8/53.0/34.6

37.6/52.1/31.1

37.2/53.4/33.3

The rear seats are better and much more comfortable. However, passengers over 6 feet are going to have a hard time. The Head room is fine for a normal sized adult, while the knee room is more than adequate.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 12-volt auxiliary powerpoint - front
  • 12-volt auxiliary powerpoint - rear
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
  • Carpeted front floor mats
  • Center dome lamp with map lights
  • Chrome door release handles
  • Cruise control

Infotainment

The Fiesta does get a SYNC auto system, something seen mostly in high-end cars. However, the whole infotainment panel could have been integrated better with the dashboard.

Also, it does have the basic features like:

  • AM/FM Stereo/Single-CD/MP3 Capability
  • SYNC with SYNC Applink
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • SYNC 3
  • 2 Smart Charging USBs

Cargo

The Ford Fiesta does have a decent sized trunk which can easily hold a few duffle bags among others. It has a wide opening with a flat surface, which is good for inserting and removing those heavy bags.

Model

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.8

14.9

13.7

13.7

Here, the Chevrolet Sonic leads the pack with a storage space of about 14.9 ft3, closely followed by the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent with 13.7 ft3. The Fiesta comes third with storage of 12.8 ft3.

2017 Ford Fiesta Exterior

6.5/10

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

Dimension and Weight

The Fiesta does live up to its name, with it having an expressive look inside-out. It is fair to say that the Fiesta has to be the sleekest and Stylish looking car in this review.

Model

Ford Fiesta (S Sedan)

Chevrolet Sonic (LS Manual)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Curb weight (lbs.)

2578

2773

2494

2480

Length(in)

173.6

173.9

172.0

172.0

Width(in)

67.8

68.3

67.7

66.9

Height(in)

58

59.7

57.3

57.1

Ground clearance (in)

6.1

5.0

5.5

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

98.0

99.4

101.2

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

57.7/.57.7

59.4/59.4

57.3/59.8

59.3/59.5

The Fiesta has got decent sized dimensions, somewhere five passengers can fit in, although not very comfortably.

The one thing this Fiesta can brag about has to be its Ground Clearance. At 6.1 inches above the ground, it is the best in class and leaves it, competitors, way behind.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Black beltline
  • Chrome upper grille bars and surround
  • Lower Black grille
  • Twin-chamber Quad-Beam halogen, bright reflector headlamps with black bezel and chrome highlights
  • Fog lamps with chrome-trimmed ring
  • Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Body-Color Power Mirrors with Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors

2017 Ford Fiesta Safety

6.3/10

IIHS Rating

Small overlap front driver side

Marginal

Small overlap front passenger side

Not rated

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Child seats anchors (LATCH)

Poor

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

4 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

Safety Features

AdvanceTrac electronic stability control

Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder

SOS Post-Crash Alert System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare)

SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System

Airbag 2013 Driver knee1

Airbags 2013 Side-curtain1

2017 Ford Fiesta Competition

Chevrolet Sonic vs Ford Fiesta

The Chevrolet costs $2,000 less than the Ford Fiesta. And while it has 0.2 liter advantage on the engine, it is nowhere to be seen as it generates quite bad figures for that engine. Its pickup is the worst amongst the lot.

However, it does boast of the largest trunk and a considerable value of fuel economy. So the Ford Fiesta is the car you should go for between the two.

Kia Rio vs Ford Fiesta 

Again, like the Sonic, the Fiesta is priced $2,000 less than the Rio, which could be massive while selecting a car. The engine is pretty much same with almost equal power and torque generation. The pickup of the Rio is way better than the Fiesta as well.

However, with a better fuel economy and a much spacious cabin, the Rio pips the Fiesta to win this comparison easily.

Hyundai Accent vs Ford Fiesta

The fight between the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Accent goes right down to the wire. Both generate decent values of torque and power. Now, the Pickup and braking of the cars are similar as well. What is difficult to digest is that both have the similar fuel economy as well.

However, the bigger trunk and the more spacious cabin, which can easily accommodate 5 people tilt the head to head in the Hyundai Accent favor, who emerges as a clear winner here.

2017 Ford Fiesta Final Verdict

The New 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan is stylish, elegant and sleek. The fuel economy, trunk size and the braking are top class. But the main attraction towards this car has to be its sleek styling and bold interiors. It also gets a SYNC system, something not seen in this category of cars before. All in all, the Fiesta looks beautiful and performs admirably.

However, the problem lies in the comfort of the car. Where the seats are a bit stool like and not too comfortable for those long rides. The ride quality too gets a bit shaky when on a bad road.

So, if you want an all-round package, the Kia Rio would do the job with great specifications, while an outside pick would be the Hyundai Accent. Buy the Ford Fiesta if Style is the only thing you want from your car and you can compromise on convenience.