There are plenty of reasons the Ford Fiesta has been one of the best-selling cars in the UK since its introduction. All those reasons and more are on display with the 2017 version. If you are in the market for a new car this year, definitely look at the Fiesta. It’s an ideal car for over 50s who value economy, performance, and stylish good looks.
Ford has already released three supermini versions: the Standard Fiesta, the ST, and Titanium. Come summer there will be a third car in the Fiesta range – the Active – which is a nice crossover adaptation. You might prefer the Active if you want a little more room and an upgraded trim package.
As for the price tag, the base model has a starting price of £12,715. It includes a fairly decent trim package with 15-inch alloy wheels and bumpers that match the body. The interior sports an AM/FM radio with a 4.2-inch touchscreen control system complete with Bluetooth connectivity. The price seems to be very similar to the existing Ford Fiesta see here.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that Ford includes some decent technology in the base model as well. Buyers will get lane assist, hill start assist, and more. Upgrade to the ST or Titanium, and you get a better trim package and a few more technology features.
2017 Engine Options
Buyers will have both petrol and diesel engine options to choose from. The most cost-effective choice is the 1.1 L petrol engine producing 69bph. However, most reviewers agree that buyers will go for the smaller 1.0 L petrol engine. It is a three-cylinder power plant available at either 99, 123 or 138bhp. The smaller engine also includes brand-new cylinder deactivation technology that saves fuel at cruising speeds.
The two Fiesta diesel choices are a 1.5 TDCi offering 84bph and a slightly more powerful TDCi offering 118bph. Both offer exceptional fuel mileage and lower CO2 emissions.
On the Inside
As an older driver, we know that interior comfort is important to you. Do not let the redesigned interior of the 2017 Fiesta frighten you. By all accounts, this year’s model is head and shoulders above its predecessors. For starters, Ford has used better materials to eliminate the cheap plastic feel of previous interiors.
Ergonomically speaking, Ford has opened up the interior space to offer more room. There’s a slightly larger boot, a bigger glove compartment, and even more storage between the seats.
Moving to the dashboard, the 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard on all but the base model, but you can choose a 4.2-inch if you want something smaller and less expensive. The touchscreen is the brain of the interior; it comes equipped with eye tracking software as well.
The Fiesta Active
Most of the information available right now pertains to the supermini. However, we do know a little bit about the Active crossover. It’s meant to be right up there with the rest of the company’s crossover range, including the Mondeo. The Active will be offered in Standard and Vignale editions.
Expect the Active to offer 18-inch alloy wheels and a long list of style features that set it apart from the supermini. There are rumours that all-wheel drive will be optional, but those rumours have yet to be confirmed. We rather doubt it given the size of the engines Ford has chosen for 2017.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta lives up to its reputation without question. It may easily be the best edition of this car ever released. Of course, sales will tell the final tale in the end. Consider the 2017 Fiesta if you are in the market for a new car.