The 2015 Ford Fiesta is part of the elite segment of the subcompact market that includes the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. Sailing into its last year before a full redesign, there aren't a lot of changes. That's OK, as we're smitten with its slick European looks, excellent fuel economy, and fun-to-drive nature. Extroverts can opt for wild exterior and interior colors and trims, while the more practical can opt for the security of a 4-door's trunk, or the versatility of a 5-door's hatchback body. The Fiesta's available in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels, or a hatchback-only high-performance ST. Then there's the available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford says gives the Fiesta the best non-hybrid fuel economy on the market.
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The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we've ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers.
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If you put a higher value on interior room and flexibility – not to mention resale value – then the Honda Fit may be a better solution. Also note that models like the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are also feature-laden, at a lower price.
With an all-new model on the horizon, the 2015 Ford Fiesta arrives with no changes for this year. The good news is that it's still fine, with a sporty ST model, a fuel-efficient 3-cylinder, and all the style and features you can pack into a subcompact.
Driving the Fiesta
Usually, manufacturers soften their European offerings for the U.S. market, but Ford left the Euro-tuned Fiesta just the way it was. The result is a small car that delivers a...
... comfortable and controlled ride. But, when you push it through a curved onramp or twisting mountain road, the little Fiesta responds with surprising balance and communication. Three engines are available. The standard 120-hp 4-cylinder isn't very powerful, but it gets the job done. A 3-cylinder introduced last year offers excellent fuel economy and surprisingly smooth power delivery. On the other end of the spectrum is the Fiesta ST – with 197 horsepower and sport-tuned suspension and steering, there's nothing quite like it. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available on the standard engine, while the 3-cylinder and ST come only with manuals, 5- and 6- speeds, respectively.
SYNC As voice-recognition technology becomes more commonplace, Ford's voice-controlled SYNC audio and communications system continues to grow ever more robust and desirable.
ECOBOOST ENGINES The Fiesta offers two different turbocharged engines: a 3-cylinder designed for maximum fuel economy, and a 4-cylinder designed for maximum fun. But as is usual with turbochargers, lead-footed real-world driving can run up fuel consumption.
2015 Ford Fiesta Details
While the Fiesta definitely has its substantive strengths, it leads with style. Ford's masterful interior styling and execution offer a number of interior choices. You can get white-on-black leather seats, contrasting seat piping, and even plum leather seating surfaces. You'll find soft-touch materials on the armrest, center-console lid and steering wheel, and you can order high-end options like heated front seats, push-button start and multi-color selectable ambient lighting. Navigation is now available on higher-trim models as part of Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system.
You can choose between a 4-door sedan or a fun and practical 5-door hatchback when you're selecting your 2015 Fiesta subcompact. Either way, you get a car blessed with strong styling that's distinctive without being overwrought. The Fiesta ST gets more aggressive style befitting its performance nature. The hatchback is positioned as the primary model, yet across the board you'll be hard-pressed to find cheap-looking trim like unpainted exterior panels. In fact, 17-inch wheels are available, as is a palette of bright candy colors.
The basic 2015 Ford Fiesta S sedan includes air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM sound setup with an auxiliary audio input jack and SYNC in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 5-speed manual transmission. It also gets the same fun-to-drive nature as the rest of the standard Fiesta lineup. All Fiestas also get electronic stability control and seven airbags, including a driver's-side knee airbag, a first for the category. This thoroughly modern base model does come with one anachronism however: manual roll-up windows. Remember those?
Small cars aren't always Spartan, as a fully-loaded 2015 Ford Fiesta Titanium shows. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, leather seats, a moonroof, keyless entry and start, and MyFord Touch with voice-controlled SYNC smart phone integration. There are steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, heated seats, satellite radio, and a trip computer. That's a generous list for an economical subcompact. The new high-performance ST model offers a Recaro seating package that includes leather trim, seat heaters and heated outside mirrors. The Fuel Economy Package on SE models adds the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine for better fuel economy.
Under the Hood
Ford seems to envision a 2015 Fiesta for every buyer. For mainstream audiences, there's the standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, with 120-horsepower and your choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-sipping crowd, a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission joined the lineup last year, putting out more horsepower and torque than the standard engine, but with considerably better fuel economy. If saving gasoline is the least of your concerns, a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual gearbox await you in the 197-horsepower Fiesta ST.
The 2015 Ford Fiesta S sedan – the least expensive model available – will run you right about $15,000. Add about $500 to that for the hatchback. If you step up to the SE, you'll pay about $16,500 for the sedan and just under $17,000 for the hatch. Titanium models see a bigger jump in price: The Titanium sedan starts just over $19,000, while the hatchback is about $19,600. The 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine is a $995 option on SE models, while the high-performance Fiesta ST hatchback starts at a little over $22,000. Pricey? Maybe, but no competitor offers anything like the Fiesta ST. Even at lower levels, the Fiesta is generally better equipped than many of its competitors. Of course, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price for to gauge the best deal, and rest assured that the Fiesta to have good residual values, although a bit behind the Honda Fit.
"I bought this car after original owner had it for about a year. I instantly disliked the Dual Clutch Tranny. Grinding, hesitation, rattling & sometimes refusing to even start. Cap-less Fuel filler was an absolute joke that made a fill-up a 15-20 minute hassle. Had it in the Shop numerous times for many Transmission issues. Car would literally stall & stumble in traffic. Even though the car was nearly new & had low miles, the (Overseas) Dealer was reluctant to acknowledge & repair many of the issues under Warranty. Once the car was out of warranty by the calendar then they agreed there were problems, and made me pay dearly to get it back on the road. The last major Tranny failure was awful! Locked Shift Control caused a major blockage in our apartment parking garage. It cost me nearly $250 to tow it to nearest Ford repair shop that would repair transmissions. Mechanics caused more damage trying to repair the initial problem. Repair parts were thousands of miles away. Despite a well-documented history of Transmission problems, I paid 100% of Parts & Labor. Strangely, Ford classified the broken Shift Module an Emission problem and claimed that it was not a warranted repair. I've owned and driven Fords in the US, Europe & Asia, but this last experience has taught me to never give Blue Oval another dime!"
"I have this car in manual and it is my first manual car. It was pretty easy to learn to drive compared to other manuals I have practiced in. It also has a light function to let you know when to shift which is helpful when you are learning how to drive. It's very compact and I love having extra space when parked in a spot. Even though it is small, there is still enough space to have people in the back seat sit comfortably. Another plus is that the trunk is HUGE for a car this size. I feel very safe while driving and would recommend you to try out this car."