Ford Fiesta 1.0 80PS review

28 Mar, 2014 5:45pm Paul Bond

Turbo-less three-cylinder in this Ford Fiesta 1.0 80PS keeps costs low

Verdict

4
The Fiesta remains our clear class leader, and this new Ford Fiesta 1.0 helps make the superb three-cylinder engine accessible to more buyers. But if you can find the extra cash, than the 100PS EcoBoost is more fun and relaxing to drive. We think a £500 premium is a small price to pay for the added flexibility of the turbo, which is still the pick of the expanded range.

Ford has won several awards for its three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, but what happens if you take off the turbo? Well, for a start the price falls, so you can now get this Ford Fiesta 1.0 from just £12,895 (in three-door guise). Yet there is quite a big drop in performance, too.

In naturally aspirated form, this engine produces 79bhp and 105Nm of torque. The 0-62mph dash isn’t a dash at all, taking 14.9 seconds, and you need to work the five-speed gearbox hard to keep up with other traffic.

Push too hard and the engine is a bit noisy in second and third gear, but once up to speed, it settles into a nicely refined cruise. Fortunately, this Fiesta drives just as well as any other. All the controls are perfectly weighted, the steering is accurate and the chassis is agile and composed, but you need to push the throttle a little harder than before.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 80PS interior

In real world driving, this 1.0-litre is also likely to return better fuel economy than the EcoBoost – even though both claim an identical 65.7mpg figure and emit 99g/km of CO2. That makes it much cleaner than the 1.25-litre model which props up the range.

Zetec trim is not exactly brimming with kit - especially compared with the Peugeot 208 - but all the basics are covered, and build quality is rock solid. This welcome addition to the range cements the Fiesta as our supermini of choice, offering a fine blend of fun, efficiency and affordability.

All Fiestas can carry a decent 276 litres of luggage with the seats up, and this five-door is surprisingly spacious inside. But this particular version would feel pretty slow with four passengers.

Disqus - noscript

Ford Fiesta 3-cylinder, 0-62mph in 14.9s costs £13k. BMW MINI Cooper 3-cylinder, 0-62mph in 7.9s costs £15k. What planet is Ford on?

So the review says it slower than a milk float, noisy in traffic, has less kit than a 208 and you need a pair of binoculars to see its central display. How many shares do Ford have in Autoexpress that would allow this car to have four stars?

I was offered a 100bhp Fiesta with met paint (£450) and stereo upgrade (£400ish) on Friday for under £13k without working for it so why would I go for this?

I've actually drove this model a few weeks ago, it's fun but really really slow. If you want to save, buy a base 1.25

Can't see this living up to Ford's quoted fuel consumption figures.
I've got a Focus 125ps Ecoboost and it rarely tops 33.9mpg.

The Fiesta is the best car in its class... by far!

Years ago when Renaults and fords made turbo charged cars all the journalists were talking about golf 16v's and high revving bmw's and the like..now they are all on about "ease of power..on gear times" I sold my turbo 5 with no market equivalent 13 years ago.

Good april fool joke!

No what planet is AUTO EXPRESS on

1.0T is brilliant but too expensive. This one seems unbelievably slow.

Usual mindless A E review more suited to Planet Zog than this planet and as usual quoting pointless MPG figures instead of real ones,

Well it doesn't stay top of the sales charts consistently, year, after year by being crap ???? How's your Daewoo?

In the UK it is top of sales charts, but look at other countries, it is far from it. That's because of UK mentality and fleets buying them dirt cheap.In France the french are patriotic and buy mainly french brands, same with italy and italian brands, Daewoo? Yuck, rather walk thanks.

If you have to mash the throttle, you WILL be using more fuel than the turbo version. I was given a Daewoo Matiz as a courtesy car year ago and it drank fuel because you needed plenty of throttle to get anywhere. But on a flat rolling road, the figures would look impressive.

Key specs

  • Price: £13,495
  • Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol
  • Power: 79bhp
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 14.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 103mph
  • Economy/CO2: 65.7mpg/99g/km
  • On sale: Now
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