Used buyer's guide: Ford Fiesta

6 Nov, 2012 11:00am Richard Dredge

Soon-to-be-facelifted Fiesta supermini is a fine used buy at a bargain price


In the four years since it first landed in showrooms here, the MkVI Fiesta has collected three Best Supermini crowns at Auto Express’s annual New Car Awards – and deservedly so. It’s a truly excellent supermini. Due to its popularity, supply is plentiful, so you won’t have to search hard to find one. Plus, dealers are always willing to haggle – so you can pick one up for not a lot of money, which makes the Fiesta one of the best used buys around.

How much?

Look hard and you can pick up a low-mile Fiesta 1.25, with three doors and not many toys, for £4,500 privately.

If you want much choice, you’ll need £5,000 – at least if you want a diesel. Spend £7,000 and you can have a 2010 1.25 (60) Style, 2009 1.4 Edge or 2009 1.4 TDCi Style+, while £8,000 buys a 2010 1.25 (82) Zetec, 2009 1.4 Zetec or 2009 1.6 TDCi Titanium.

Most petrol Fiestas have done far fewer miles than the diesels, and five-door versions carry a £100 premium over three-door models.

Running costs

Model Insurance group Fuel economy CO2 emissions Annual road tax
1.25 5 to 8 51mpg 127g/km £100
1.4 8 to 9 48mpg 133g/km £120
1.6 14 48mpg 134g/km £120
1.6 1600 S 17 48mpg 134g/km £120
1.4 TDCi 6 to 8 68mpg 107g/km £20
1.6 TDCi 12 to 13 67mpg 107g/km £20
1.6 TDCi ECOnetic 11 to 12 78mpg 98g/km £0

No matter which engine is fitted, the Fiesta needs a service every 12,500 miles or 12 months. Most check-ups cost £129, but the third and sixth are £250, while the eighth service is £600 for petrol cars, as they have a cambelt. This needs to be replaced every 100,000 miles or eight years, but the diesels are chain-driven.

On top of this, fresh brake fluid is needed every two years (at £50), while the air-con should be checked every service and recharged if necessary (£100). There is no requirement to replace the coolant; it should be checked each service, and topped up as necessary.