The 2015 Ford Fiesta is affordable to buy, easy to operate and refreshing to drive and economical to maintain. An exotic interior and fully up-to-date infotainment features that only underscores the feeling that the Fiesta is a subcompact car that punches well above its price class.
Every Ford Fiesta comes with upmarket styling, a well-fitted interior with some great finishing, plus added to an array of electronic provisions such as Bluetooth phone connectivity and an iPod connector as standard equipment. It is however fuel efficient and has convenient features inclusive of push-button start, a large touchscreen infotainment interface and heated seats, with or without leather.
If you are considering a subcompact car like the Fiesta, then you prioritize fuel economy and the 2015 Ford Fiesta exceeds expectations in this regard, too. Its stingy 1.6-liter four-cylinder may however not be the most efficient in the category, but its EPA-estimated 31 mpg in combined driving is still worth a thump up. There’s also the delightful turbocharged “EcoBoost” three-cylinder, which improves both fuel economy and acceleration. There’s also the sport-tuned Fiesta ST model, which is one of the best performance bargains around.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Features
The 2015 Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car designed in two body styles: a sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both are available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. The high-performance ST brands is available only as a hatchback.
The base S comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power locks and mirrors, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and various Ford Sync functions (iPod/USB audio interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, voice controls, some app-based services and certain safety communications functions).
The Fiesta SE includes all of the above features added with a15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, upgraded fabric upholstery, a trip computer, metallic-painted interior trim, a front center console with armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and multicolor ambient lighting.
The SE Appearance package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear spoiler (sedan), upgraded cloth seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, additionally, My Ford Touch interface with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Sync Services (shows traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions), and satellite radio. The Comfort package come with heated front seats, heated side mirrors and automatic climate control. The SE is good for the Fuel Economy (SFE) package, which includes special tires, wheels and aerodynamic pieces to aid the Fiesta achieve slightly better fuel economy, along with the further feature of the Eco Boost turbocharged engine.
At the top of the Fiesta is the Titanium trim, which essentially includes the contents of the SE Appearance and Comfort packages, but has a different set of 16-inch wheels, plus chrome exterior trim and a black grille. It also has a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver seat lumbar adjustment, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment interface with MyFord Touch functionality, an eight-speaker Sony sound system and HD radio.
The Fiesta ST hatchback has all of the Fiesta SE options and features unique bodywork, fog lamps, double exhaust tips, a six-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, quicker steering and upgraded brakes. Inside you’ll find automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped shift knob, the My Ford Touch interface, the Sony sound system and HD radio, along with ST-specific cloth sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-trimmed pedals, floor mats and door sill plates. The ST Recaro package adds heated Recaro front sport seats, leather and cloth upholstery and heated mirrors. Also available are gray-painted 17-inch wheels with red brake calipers.
A sunroof and a navigation system are also a stand-alone features on SE, Titanium and ST models.
Powertrains and Performance
The base engine for the 2015 Ford Fiesta is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that sends a 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is classic, however a six-speed “Power shift” automatic transmission is available optionally. Power shift is an automated manual transmission that changes gears without any action needed, and is more efficient than a traditional automatic transmission.
In a performance test, both the manual and Power shift-equipped Fiesta sprinted from zero to 60 mph in about 9.5 seconds which is a good average for a manual, but better than average for an automatic.
The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 31mpg combined (27 city/37 highway) with the Power shift transmission. The manual transmission is barely lower at an EPA estimated 31mpg (28/36). However when your preference is about Fuel Economy package (available in automatic transmission), the numbers increases up to32mpg (28/38).
The optional “Eco Boost” 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gives 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed manual is the only transmission available in this class. In a performance test, this mighty small engine moved the Fiesta from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which is a quick time for the category. At the same time too, it returned 36mpg combined (31/43), matching some thriftiest cars in its class. 37 mpg on the test evaluation route was observed.
The 2015 Ford Fiesta ST’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder verves out 197 hp and a great 202 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available.
All 2015 Ford Fiesta comes complete with antilock brakes ( i.e front disc, rear drum for non-ST models; four-wheel discs for the ST), traction and stability control, an integrated blind-spot mirror, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The newly standard Sync options include a 911 Assist function, which uses the drivers paired cell phone to connect automatically to a 911 operator. The SE uses the ‘MyKey’ system for setting speed and volume owner and for other drivers (teens, valets, etc.), while the Titanium model flaunts a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 2015 Fiesta’s cabin has several unexpected up-level trim options and is obviously well assembled. Metallic accents spruce up what many expect to be a monotone black, while available premium touches. Sweet lighting, heated leather seating, a touchscreen infotainment system and navigation, for example definitely sends off the “cheap car” aura many might want from the Fiesta’s interior.
The standard Sync system allows voice control over the audio system and your mobile phone, and it also provides such features as voice-prompted turn-by-turn navigation and an emergency assist. Pairing the Sync system to your phone and getting it paired up is abit difficult, and apart its Bluetooth phone capability, we generally find ourselves using Sync as a work around for the standard version, form-over-function radio interface. The touchscreen included with the optional MyFord Touch system however has an improvement of some features.
Interior space is generous in the front, with a driver seat that can easily adjusts for a wide range of driver heights. The backseat is bit on the tight side, however, even for this pint-sized segment. The Fiesta sedan comes with a decent trunk capacity of 12.8 cubic feet, and the hatchback’s space behind the rear seats is abit bigger at 14.9 cubic feet. The rear seats can be folded down, however, the maximum capacity of 26 cubic feet is still skimpy for a subcompact hatchback.
The ST’s interior is bit more stylish, with available two-tone color arrangement that includes virtually the entire Fiesta options and features. The Recaro sport (optional) seats with their large side bolsters wrapped around and hug both front occupants. As such, you are securely held in place while driving the ST along a curvy road. However those aggressive bolsters present challenge with getting in and out of the car and fatter drivers may find the seats discomforting on long journeys.
If your preference is a nimble handling and other similar traits in steering, the 2015 Fiesta should top the chart in your order of preference. Although the Fiesta is not necessarily “swift” by most parameters, the car’s quick steering and well-controlled body motions encourages you to maintain momentum and make the Fiesta seem faster than its contemporaries. The cabin is quite and it has a well-tuned suspension also make the Fiesta feel stable during highway drives.
The standard Fiesta’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder is pretty good for strolling around town and daily suburban errands, and it revs as sweetly as any engine of its class. The Power shift automatic transmission, which is basically a manual gearbox that operates the clutch for you, has the most power possible out of the engine and aids fuel economy, however it may exhibit odd behaviors especially when it creeps forward or when it rolls back slightly on hills.
If you want to row your own gears, the EcoBoost three-cylinder engine is the candidate, giving excellent fuel economy and acceleration. It’s well worth and cost is commensurate. For true, outright fun, though, the Fiesta ST is one of the best performers in the market. The Fiesta’s imbued agility is turned up to 11, while its turbocharged four-cylinder produces easily accessible power and a snarling engine note. In some ways, it’s even more fun to drive than the bigger and costlier Focus ST.