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2015 Ford Fiesta

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2015 Ford Fiesta Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 6.4
  • 7.4
  • 6.6
  • 7.7
How It Ranks

#8

out of 11

Fuel Economy

#8

out of 11

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Consumer Rating

7.5 out of 10
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2015 Ford Fiesta Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

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
2015 Ford Fiesta Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

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
2015 Ford Fiesta Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

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.

Exterior
2015 Ford Fiesta photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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?

Optional Equipment

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
2015 Ford Fiesta Engine photo

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.

1.6-liter inline-4
120 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
112 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 mpg (manual), 27/37 mpg (automatic), 28/38 mpg (automatic with SFE fuel-saving package)

1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3
123 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/43 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
197 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
202 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg

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.

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2015 Ford Fiesta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 222 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Great Car

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Great price, Fuel efficiency"

Cons: "slighlty jerky transmission, sync can be wierd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had this car for almost a year, and I love it. Its fun to drive, very quiet, and gets great gas mileage."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great driving auto with a learning curve.

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent driveing car! Very good tech"

Cons: "A stick to hold the hood up? Really?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

"I bought this one last November. In the nearly year and a half that I have owned it I have had no problems with the car itself. This auto was my first encounter with the dual clutch transmission system. Frankly I had no idea how to use the thing. Put it in drive and go I guess. However after a few talks at the dealership, I learned how to use the standard option properly. I have read and heard of others having transmission issues, with this car. I guess I was lucky because mine is doing its job very well. And its been an all around great auto. I am very pleased with this purchase. I have the 4 door SE Sedan. For a single person I found this auto to be just about perfect for my needs. It does take some getting used to. But once you spend a couple weeks behind the wheel and learn its particular quirks and personality I found it to be awesome. I did upgrade the tires to Dunlop DRZ2. A "summer" tire. But works really well on this car. I was not even a little impressed with the Hankook tires that came from the factory. An expensive upgrade, but to me it was well spent money."

21 people out of 25 found this review helpful

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

Great car but don't get the automatic.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great engine/chassis, ergonomic, good value used"

Cons: "Poorly engineered automatic transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I drive it around 900 miles per week as a work car and it's been a great little commuter with the exception of it's horrendous transmission. It's not that it's unreliable, it's just not a pleasant driving experience with the slipping, shaking, and noise coming from the computer controlled, dual clutch, electronically shifted automatic. Sometimes it drives fine, but other times it's jerky, unresponsive, and makes a mess of gear changes. As much as the car is overshadowed by transmission problems, it's not without it's perks. It's great on the highway, corners good, great on gas, comfortable, practical, decent build quality, easy to drive, good visibility, and a great little engine to boot. They're about the cheapest new cars you can buy on the used market and if you can opt for the better looking, more practical hatch back with the manual transmission, you won't go wrong."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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