What's So Special About a Used Ford Fiesta?

When it comes to hatchbacks, the Ford Fiesta is an absolute classic. It’s been a UK bestseller for decades thanks to its smart engineering, reliability and great pricing. All these factors put it at or near the top of the list, both as a new and a second-hand choice of motor. No wonder it’s been voted What Car? Small Used Car of the Year 2019. Whether you’re looking for a first car, a compact family motor or something that’ll make the daily commute more bearable, the nation’s favourite Ford Fiesta could be the car for you.

At Motor Range, we love the Ford Fiesta too, and offer a range of fantastically well-equipped pre-owned Ford Fiestas for sale in Liverpool. The small, yet irresistibly charming Ford Fiesta might tick all the boxes for you, so let’s see what it has to offer...

The long-lasting Ford Fiesta was introduced to the UK market in 1976. Four decades and eight generations later, it’s still going strong with nearly 100,000 new cars sold in 2018 and over 380,000 used Ford Fiestas finding a new home in 2017. 

Why Should I Buy a Used Ford Fiesta?

Blue Ford Fiesta ST. Rear view.

The Fiesta is an unmistakable Ford, with the recognizable grille and LED headlamps. With the new generation recently hitting the roads, you’ll find plenty of used Ford Fiestas for sale, perfectly prepped and ready to go. Three-door or five-door hatchbacks with a wide array of engines ranging from 1.0-litre to 1.6-litre, automatic or manual. 

Trim-wise you can choose from Style, Style Plus, ECONetic, Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium, Titanium X and sporty ST-Line options. The range-topping hot hatch, Ford Fiesta ST, which first appeared in 2013, comes complete with three selectable Drive Modes: Normal, Sport and Track, to make your journey even more interesting. Alloy wheels are standard in all but the Style trim, and the sportier ST-Line adds a more aggressive overall look, topped with a larger grille and 18-inch alloys as its main defining features.

The more basic models are equipped with the 82 PS 1.25-litre engine, or the smaller, but more powerful, eco-friendly 1.0-litre Ecoboost Zetec which will give you up to 65.7 mpg. For a less economical drive, you might find the 1.6-litre petrol engine with 105 PS feels a bit more at home on the motorway and still gains a reasonable 47.9 mpg. If you’re looking for the most efficient option, and if you can track one down, the understandably popular ECOnetic returns a whopping 85.6 mpg with fuel emissions around 80 g/km.

Is a Ford Fiesta Easy to Drive?

Ford Fiesta interior

What’s even more important is the way the Ford Fiesta handles the roads. This hot hatchback has been universally praised by the motoring press and customers alike for sharp and direct steering with the feeling of being truly connected to the road. With just enough power under the bonnet, the driver is rewarded with a nimble driving experience, which makes the Fiesta a truly fun car to own and drive. 

Good visibility makes it practical when driving around town, the ideal environment to test any city car. And though it can be a little noisy at higher speeds, it copes well with the motorway too. With the new crossover Ford Fiesta Active recently released, you could benefit from a higher driving position. Keep a lookout as these models start to appear on the used car market.

Depending on the trim, the interior of a used Ford Fiesta ranges from fairly functional to a full feast of features that assist you on your drive. Part-leather interior, automatic air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, sat nav and more can be found on various models. Even on older models, the material quality is good, and the design has aged remarkably well, making the interior a pleasant place to be. 

As with any compact car, getting in and out of the rear of the three-door model can be cosy and lends itself better to children or more agile adults. Once inside, however, the Fiesta offers a generous amount of space given the overall dimensions. Taller passengers will still have some trouble sitting on the rear bench, but there’s just enough space for families with kids and their gadgets. If you are looking for more practicality, it’s best to aim at a 5-door model which offers considerably more flexibility. However many doors, the 40:60 folding rear bench allows the overall boot space to be increased from 290 litres to 975 litres with numerous conveniently placed cargo spaces dotted throughout the car. 

What Else Can a Ford Fiesta Offer Me?

Red Ford Fiesta on left and white Ford Fiesta on right, nose to nose, with sunset in background

Even if you’re not a technology lover, the infotainment system is simple to use with most pre-loved Ford Fiestas now offering Bluetooth connectivity. There are also well-equipped models with parking sensors and even rear-view cameras, which are infinitely handy if your daily routine consists of squeezing into tight parking spots.

It may be considered a hot hatch, but the Ford Fiesta is well-equipped in the safety department as well. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control come as standard, as well as a 7-airbag system protecting the occupants in case of collision. It’s features like these that earned the Ford Fiesta a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. Active City Stop, which helps avoid low speed collisions through autonomous braking is an optional extra while the higher specked Titanium trim also gets Ford Emergency Assistance, automatically alerting the emergency services if an accident occurs. Families with teenagers approaching driving age can find the MyKey option interesting. It’s a programmable key restricting audio loudness and maximum speed, making the car safer for inexperienced and overly enthusiastic teenage drivers.  

The Fiesta offers much more than just low running costs - it has decent reliability and low fuel consumption as well as being easy on the eye. Best of all, you don’t have to opt for the top of the range to get a great driving experience on your daily drive. It’s easy to see why it’s the nation’s favourite car!

If you think that the Ford Fiesta is the right car for you and your family, make sure to visit the Motor Range Liverpool showroom to explore our selection of low mileage, pre-owned Fiestas and find the one that suits you the best!