Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
R-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I enjoy driving my car as its very sturdy and planted. Though it may not be the most technologically advanced car, it handles brilliantly and steering gives you the feeling of being connected to the road, unlike many cars today that detaches you from the driving experience.

The 1.25l engine that comes with the might not be much, but it has impressive accelaration,(mind you this maybe 0-30 figures and on a flat road) but because you are so connected with the car through the steering wheel and the three pedals, you feel as though you're one with the car thus moving in a similar fashion.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have a 58 plate Ford Fiesta ST and it is a brilliant car for the money. Handling is excellent, performance is good, my only slight complaints are it could do with more power and it uses more petrol than I thought it would. However this is probably to do with how much I press my right foot down! Driving it never fails to bring a smile to my face and I think Ford are missing a big trick by not including an ST in the new Fiesta model range.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

An exceptional car that handles anything that is thrown at it. It has absolutely perfrect handling and has all the technology and equipment that I require in a car. The fact that the rear seats do not entirely fold flat is a niggle but nothing more. The suspension is firm enough to give confidence when driving but not so firm that it jars. Very good quality trim and does not appear to be giving any untoward rattles.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Absolutely fantastic family hatchback. Could not ever want anything better from a car this size that costs this much. The styling is modern, the economy and running costs are as expected. Its performance is perfectly adequate for this size car. The handling of the focus is not what you would expect from a Ford of this size and value.
Would buy them for the whole of my life if i could.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Absolutely love the little Fiesta, nippy little car for around town and can handle it's own on the motorways although the 1.6 diesel engine could really benefit from having a 6th gear.

Only minor problem to date have been the passenger door electric window switch keeps popping out of the door card but as it's usually only one person in the car, it doesn't bother me a huge amount.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Always starts and has never let me down. disappointed though with a recent failure of the anti-lock brake sensing system which cost about ł800 to put right, and just yesterday the boot-lid stay mechanism failed so that the boot lid won't stay up by itself. Repairs have cost more than exoected but servicing and fuel costs are reasonable as expected.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

For its age its a great little runaround, very economical and nippy. it hardly ever needs work doing, just the usual stuff they do at the service. its only downsides are the size, the road holding around corners feels a bit insecure and the brakes are a little spongy, otherwise it just seems to keep going, every time i think about replacing it!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

the only criticism I have of this car is that to attain the manufactures fuel consumption figures of 82 miles per gallon on an extra urban cycle you would need the assistance of paul daniels otherwise I am more than satisfied and will probably by the same model the fiesta 1.4 zetec tdci again

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 2/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

This is by far the best all round car that i have owned the Fiesta is a great car to drive it handles brilliantly great car to drive and crisp gearbox only small criticism in this model is the bland interior which has been put right in new model

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Having owened the car from new exellent, love new design and for being a 1.25cc engine great performence, overall comfort very good however that wee handle you have to pump up and down for height ajustment on side of drivers seat what a pain.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

It has surprised me with its handling, reliability & performance. Fords seem to be disliked by so many people, but I cant see why. This one has been well put together, is very reliable, & does everything a small car should do. Spot on Ford!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

My Fiesta Zetec-S is nice to drive and relatively economical, although its not the fastest car out there. for the price it performs and handles well, is great fun to drive without costign the earth to buy or run

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Other than the initial issues with the console screen going off nothing much. I do think that they should fit Traction Control as standard though and up-rate the brakes a bit.
Otherwise, I love it.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fiesta ST is fun to drive and offers as much real world performance as you really need. Much better than hugely overrated Clio 197. Only disappointment that Ford has yet to make a new Fiesta ST.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent supermini - particularly impressive steering, handling and cornering - I just wish that I'd gone for a larger-engined version - not the (very smooth) but slow 1.25L.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

General maintenance and wear and tear mainly. Ok on fuel and reliable in general. Don't really have any need to accelerate fast so it is adequate for getting me from a to b.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Superb, swapped Mini Cooper S for Fiesta Zetec S - chassic 100% better in exery respect - handling better, no torque steer and ride quality miles ahead despite 17" rims

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

On the whole happy, with some monor issues re durability of cabin trim - seat cover, cigarette lighter, interior light and air vents have all broken.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Turn the key it starts and gets me from a to b in reasonable confort. To date I have only put fuel in the vehicle, 2yr. service due in may.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Its a very good first car to have, it's easy and fun to drive, though I would want something a little faster that can grip the road better

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 3/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It hasn't broken down...yet! Doesn't drink oil like my husband's bmw. It goes faster if you turn the air conditioning off. (honest!).

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Only had the car for 4 months but it feels well put-together. Would be better had ford seen fit to supply it with a 6-speed gearbox.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A very good all rounder that suits my life style a road usage perfectly. Although I would love to upgrade to the newer version!

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellant car, good to look at, the interior could be made from better quality materials. How about disc brakes at the back?

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Really enjoying it, but only had it a short period of time, so time will tell.. Would recommend others to buy one though

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 3/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great strong engine even with alot off hard driving on the open roads. Fuel can be improved, parts are easy to find.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I have not had the car long enough to assess this. As I am an older driver my insurance costs are excessively high.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

This car is really good looking! And very practical for a small car. It answers well to faster driving, brilliant.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

It suits my needs for a well-equipped, comfortable, medium sized car wirh great handling and driver-appeal.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent - starts 1st time slight glow plug niggle easily rectified. Compared to 5.7ltr jeep - wonderful.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

USED FOR TO TRAVEL TO WORK,+S.D.P, A GREAT ALROUNDER FOR MOSTLY LOCAL USE ie. MAX 50ml RETURN JOURNEY.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nice little student car does the job, quite cool so doesn't repel women! Good for just getting around.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 2/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

as a supermini I think it performs well. The only down side is that the suspension is a liile harsh

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 0/5 Handling: 4/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good all round performer, suitable for local or long journeys.
I hate the 2 doors (preferring 4).

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

great car for the money, handling is superb, could do with a bit more power under the bonnet.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2000-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not let me down once. The tax could be much less for the engine size and the annual mileage.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

1st rate for the price paid as 5k more for same model that replaced it
was to steep i think.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic car for a short trip or long motorway journeys. Looks great, highly recommend it!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

bargain ex police car good value excellent performance good economy couldn't ask for more

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

LITTLE RED IS MY LIFELINE, WITHOUT HIM i COULD NOT WORK, GET FOOD, TAXI THE KIDS ETC ETC

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Has not cost me a lot in maintenance so am pleased with overall cost over the years.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car as been good so far, but £190 for the first service was a rip off.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Its a perfectly adequate small family car. Good handling, and good speed.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Lovely to drive, handling superb, good seating position, would buy again

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

does what it say,s on the tin. economical. fair performance.comfortable

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

first class handling,a bit limited to load possessions Nice styling

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great hatchback with the 2 litre engine,goes well, handles well.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great fun, great styling, brilliant handling, superb quality.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had. light sensor replaced and the brakes bled. Cheap to run.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Basic old car, keeps running and does what I need it to do.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

excellent handling, stylish looks, brilliant all round car

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very reliable, easy to drive, with satisfying performance

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

its ok for the kind of car it is and what it is used for

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only ever failed once. Generally quite low to maintain.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It is a Fiesta ST and is extremely exciting to drive.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Not let me down. Good on fuel insurance and road tax.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No issues so far, aside from sticky petrol cap door

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very well performed. Good cheap parts easy to fix.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Ibelieve that the fiesta is a good quality car.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's a Ford Fiesta - not perfect but not bad.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Misfire due to break down in coil pack

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

one of the best cars i have ever owned

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good all round supermini fun to drive

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Fuel filler cover broke after 3 weeks

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It went back for a recall, that's it

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

It is the best car I have ever had.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

nice little runner,poor boot space

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Not as good as my last one

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent. Pretty good.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Perfect all round car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

ok for what i need

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never miss a beat

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

My little beauty

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I love it.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

excellent

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

GOOD CAR

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Average

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5