2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan

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2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Ford Fiesta S include 1.6L I-4 120hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability, power mirrors.

2017 Ford
Fiesta Sedan

Starting at: $13,660

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  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 3.5"
  • Smart device integration
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 120hp @ 6,350RPM
  • Engine torque - 112 lb.-ft. @ 5,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 79.0mm x 81.4mm (3.11" x 3.20")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,409mm (173.6")
  • Exterior body width - 1,722mm (67.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,473mm (58.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,489mm (98.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.2m (17.2')
  • Front legroom - 1,072mm (42.2")
  • Rear legroom - 792mm (31.2")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,285mm (50.6")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,250mm (49.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,339mm (52.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,245mm (49.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,410L (85.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 362 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 362 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 120hp @ 6,350RPM
  • Torque - 112 lb.-ft. @ 5,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 30mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 12.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 35mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 185/60HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/60HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan S Search New $13,660   120-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  27 / 35  
SE 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan SE Search New $14,890   120-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  27 / 35  
Titanium 2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan Titanium Search New $18,650   120-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  27 / 37  


Driving Impression

Mitch McCullough

With the base engine and fine 5-speed gearbox, it takes some work to be happy with the performance; you have to keep the revs up because there isn’t a lot of torque. But at least you can find that happiness, at least, if you can ever be happy with ten seconds from zero to sixty miles per hour. But don’t forget, it’s an engine that can get 36 highway miles per gallon.

For us, it’s harder to be happy with the higher-tech 6-speed twin-clutch automatic manual transmission. It doesn’t always downshift promptly or upshift as smoothly in the lower gears as an automatic transmission. We’d say it does a poor impression of an automatic, with these clunky and poorly timed shifts.

Not unlike the original Mazda Miata, the Fiesta’s good steering and suspension tuning makes it feel hotter than it really is. The electric power steering is just right, in its weight and feedback. The Fiesta is nimble, responsive, and secure on the highway.

At least it’s secure on a smooth highway. With a short wheelbase, the Fiesta tends to hop over rough pavement, and the nose dives under hard braking.

If 120 horsepower and 36 highway mpg is okay with the base engine, 123 horsepower (with more torque) and 43 highway mpg seems worth $1000 extra for the three-cylinder turbo. It has a distinctive exhaust note, to boot; three-cylinder engines tend to howl. You still have to shift a lot to run with the fast guys, but it’s fun.

But for real fun, it’s the 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged Fiesta ST. And since it comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, there’s no twin-clutch downside (but there’s also no upside, for those who would like an automatic). Its 214 pound-feet of torque comes at just 1400 rpm, so response is always there. When you add a lowered and stiffened suspension, rear disc brakes, quicker steering ratio, and torque vectoring to minimize if not erase torque steer, the ST can easily take on the Mini Cooper S, Hyundai Veloster Turbo, and Volkswagen GTI.

Walk Around

Mitch McCullough

The Fiesta five-door has a crisp profile, with a wedge shape and arched roofline. The headlamps sweep back into the fenders, while a wide mouth with low fascia makes it look almost mean, for a subcompact.

The proportions aren’t the same with the sedan. Definitely not crisp. Its long body and short greenhouse make it look tall and narrow from every angle.

The ST brings it all together, emphasizing the confident lines with an aggressive air dam and black mesh grille, along with a low stance on chunky wheels, and cross-patterned rear diffuser with twin exhaust tips.

Interior Overview

Mitch McCullough

The cabin hasn’t changed much since the Fiesta joined us seven years ago, and it shows. The plasticky feel lingers, and the infotainment screen isn’t integrated. Other subcompacts have managed to find more interior room with their redesigns, but the Fiesta still feels cramped and busy inside, with too many switches and knobs on the dash.

The S model seats are flat and unsupportive, although we can’t think of any subcompact with good seats in their model that’s stripped for the sake of low entry cost. And the driving position itself is excellent. The SE seats have better fabric and contours, but still feel like bar stools. And like in a bar, you might be rubbing elbows with the person next to you. The optional $2000 Recaro seats on the ST are great, but for two grand we expect no less than greatness.

In back, legroom and headroom are very tight; three adults don’t fit. And the 60/40 rear seats don’t fold flat.

There isn’t anywhere near the amount of cargo space in the rival Honda Fit, for example. The Fiesta offers 26 cubic feet, while the Fit has twice that. At least the sedan has a good-sized trunk, with 12.8 cubic feet.

Thank heaven for small things. The soft-touch materials on the dash and doors, around the plastic, are fine. And the Sync 3 system, with its 6.5-inch touchscreen, is a feature you might expect on a more expensive car. The cupholders are well placed, and there are plenty of small storage bins. The cabin is also fairly quiet for a subcompact, with a sound blanket under the hood to dampen the coarse-sounding engine, and a laminated windshield.

The ST goes the other way, with piped-in intake noise. In that car, we like it.


Mitch McCullough

Each Fiesta hatchback model has its virtues. The ST offers superb value in a pocket rocket. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo offers superb value in a spirited high-mileage car. But we say avoid the 6-speed twin-clutch transmission with its problematic shifting, which leaves you with a standard manual. And the interior is tiny.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

Mitch McCullough

The 2017 Ford Fiesta comes in S, SE, Titanium, and ST models.

Fiesta S sedan ($13,660) and hatchback ($13,960) are very basic, with rollup windows and 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, but at least they have air conditioning, and Bluetooth, a 6-speaker sound system, and adjustable steering wheel. The 5-speed manual is standard, and three-cylinder engine costs another $1000. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Fiesta SE hatch ($15,190), comes with fabric upholstery but of a higher quality, while adding power windows, cruise control, keyless ignition, ambient lighting and theft alarm.

Fiesta Titanium ($18,950) adds leather, heated seats, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, a Sony audio system, and the more sophisticated Sync 3 infotainment system.

Fiesta ST ($21,140) is equipped like the SE, except with all the sporty things, such as sport seats, black interior trim, aluminum pedals, black headlamp rims, a tall spoiler, special bodywork, and 17-inch alloy wheels. This in addition to the mechanical upgrades to the engine, suspension, steering and brakes. Options include Recaro seats.

Seven airbags are standard, but, stunningly, a rearview camera is only available on the Titanium, as an option.

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