Offered in a sedan or hatchback body style, the 2018 Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car that is worth a try. It handles well around the corner, offers lots of available features, and for driving enthusiasts, the high-performing ST version is a driving impulse.
The current generation of Fiesta has been on the road since 2011. In the automotive world, it’s a long time to go without a full redesign, but the Fiesta inherent goodness keeps it in competition with newer rivals. The only significant criticism is the lack of space. The rear seats are tight and the cargo space is below standard, even for subcompacts. It’s also a bit disappointing that Ford has removed the Fiesta optional 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
Overall, the 2018 Ford Fiesta is a smart choice for a fun and affordable car.
All 2018 Ford Fiesta now come standard with a rearview camera, and the standard 3.5-inch central display screen has been replaced with a 4.2-inch screen. The previously optional 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine has been dropped from the lineup.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Both are available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. The high-performance Fiesta ST is review separately.
Standard equipment for the base S includes 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler for hatchback, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, power locks, air-conditioning, manual windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch center display, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and a CD player.
The Fiesta SE adds 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, power windows, chrome interior door handles, cruise control, a front center console with armrest, upgraded cloth upholstery, multicolor ambient lighting, metallic-painted interior trim, and MyKey parental controls for teen drivers.
The optional SE Appearance package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler for sedan, foglights, adjustable lumbar support for the driver, a leather-wrapped shift knob (automatic models), cloth sport upholstery, the Sync 3 infotainment interface with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, dual USB ports, satellite radio and enhanced voice controls (Sync AppLink mobile app integration). The Cold Weather package adds heated outside mirrors, automatic climate control, and heated front seats.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta Titanium include the SE Appearance and Comfort packages contents along with chrome exterior trim, a black grille, a different set of 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a trip computer. It also gets a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery and an eight-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.
Stand-alone options for the SE and Titanium: a sunroof and a navigation system.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is available as an option. Technically, the PowerShift is a dual-clutch automated transmission that Ford uses to increased efficiency and operates more or less like a conventional automatic.
Like other subcompacts, the Fiesta is not equipped with extra power, and it’s not helped by the PowerShift transmission in normal driving. Around turns is where the Fiesta separates itself. A well-tuned suspension makes it fun to drive.
In performance testing, both the 2018 Ford Fiesta automatic and manual accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about 9.5 seconds, which is an adequate performance for this class. EPA estimated fuel economy at 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway) with the automatic transmission. The manual transmission at 30 mpg combined (27 city/35 highway).
The 2018 Fiesta Ford probably the most inexpensive Ford model, but it’s not like that. The interior uses high-quality materials and has a stylish look. Available features such as multicolor ambient lighting, heated leather seats, and Sony premium audio systems add an upscale ambiance.
There is plenty of space in front, and the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and height-adjustable driver seat make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. However, the back seat is very tight in the head and legroom no matter how you slice it.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta also has one of the best technology interfaces in the market. The standard Sync voice recognition allows you to interact with your smartphone hands-free, and offers access to useful features including turn-by-turn directions and emergency help. The available Sync 3 system enhances the idea with sharp graphics and intuitive control settings on its 6.5-inch touchscreen.
For utilities, the Fiesta sedan offers a decent 12.8 cubic feet of trunks space. The hatchback is slightly larger with 14.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Fold down the rear seatbacks and you have 25.4 cubic feet of space, a figure that is below the class average.
Release Dates and Price
The official price for the base Fiesta S starting at $14,990 (including a $875 destination fee). The SE trim starting at $16,420, while the Fiesta Titanium starts at $19,980. If you do opt for the hatchback, you’ll need an extra $300 over sedan prices across the board.