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Ford Fiesta (2017-2023) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Ford has managed to create more practical interior space for the seventh-generation Fiesta, although it doesn't feel much bigger to drive

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£19,330 to £27,320
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Although some rivals such as the Honda Jazz offer much more interior space than the Fiesta, the Ford is now on a par with its more well-rounded rivals such as the SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo.

The Fiesta isn’t just spacious - it’s practical in the sense that it’s easy to drive, and the driving position is excellent. It’s not just for the average person, though, as the amount of adjustment in the wheel and seat means taller and shorter drivers will be able to get comfortable.

Visibility is good, apart from the small rear window and thick C-pillars. Parking sensors or a rear-view camera are offered on all but the base Trend versions, which some will find very helpful.

Size

The Ford Fiesta is 71mm longer and 12m wider than the previous model, and the wheelbase is 4mm longer as well which helps with legroom in the back. In total, it’s 4,040mm long, 1,735mm wide, 1,466mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,493mm.

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That makes it a little thinner than a Nissan Micra, but it is longer and taller and has a longer wheelbase. However it’s only by a matter of millimetres and most cars in this class are pretty much the same size on the outside; it’s the inside that really sets each model apart.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Ford says there’s an extra 16mm of legroom in the back of the new Fiesta, and it does feel a little bit more spacious than before. It’s not as cavernous as a Honda Jazz in the back, but there’s more than enough leg and headroom even for taller adults in the back seats. The seating position in the back is a little bit too upright for total comfort, but for the kind of journeys buyers will use it for that won’t be a problem.

In the front there’s lots of space and both driver and passenger will be able to get comfortable thanks to the amount of adjustment offered in the seats.

Boot

The Ford Fiesta is now available with 311 litres of luggage space with the seats up, and 1,093 litres with the rear seats folded down - a little more competitive, but not by much, as most cars in this class have a boot of a similar size.

The boot opening is wider than before too, which makes getting big items in and out easier. The loading lip is still quite high up, which hinders sliding in long items.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.1 Trend 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,810

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV 125 Trend 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,680

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBoost ST-2 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,630
Executive editor

Paul was employed across automotive agency and manufacturer-side sectors before joining Auto Express in 2020 as our online reviews editor. After a brief sojourn at a national UK newspaper, Paul returned as executive editor where he now works closely with our commercial partners.

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