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2015 Ford Fiesta

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/17/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Ford Fiesta adds a new exterior color, revised seat fabric trim, new optional 16-inch alloy wheels for the SE models and the SE appearance package, and a new lower door stripe graphic package for all grades.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Fiesta is a subcompact car sold in hatchback or sedan body styles. It is available in S, SE, SFE, and Titanium grades, as well as the ST performance variant.


Most Ford Fiestas will come equipped with a 1.6-liter I-4 making 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque paired to either a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Around town, the 2015 Fiesta is an ideal companion and is able to move about easily in tight spaces. Fuel economy is good at 27/37 mpg city highway for the automatic and 28/36 mpg with the manual, and opting for the SFE package with the former increases those numbers to 28/38 mpg. However, the engine's lack of torque means that it has a hard time keeping up even at moderate acceleration. Ford's Powershift dual-clutch automatic is also slow to shift, detracting for the car's driving experience.

For those who prioritize fuel economy, the Fiesta is also available with a turbocharged 1.0-liter I-3 with 123 hp and 125 lb-ft and is rated at 31/43 mpg. Additionally, it has an overboost function that increases torque to 148 lb-ft temporarily. However, the improved fuel efficiency comes at the cost of creature comforts since tech features such as navigation are not available with the most frugal variant. It also comes exclusively with a five-speed manual, which limits its appeal.

While all 2015 Ford Fiesta variants have good handling, those seeking the most engaging drive should considered the Fiesta ST that offers exceptional performance at a reasonable price of $21,020 (with destination). It is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 producing 197 hp and 202 lb-ft and is paired exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox. Driving dynamics in the Fiesta ST are its strong suit, staying "neutral going into a corner and develops a desire to rotate as the turn progresses, giving it a slightly tail-happy sensation." Fuel economy remains at a respectable 26/35 mpg despite the extra horsepower and torque that the ST variant has over the base cars.

Interior space is snug, especially for four adults, with tight rear seats and a small trunk in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Build quality depends on the trim level because ST and Titanium models have cabins that feel "solidly screwed together, and almost upscale," and midlevel SE and the base S grades had cheap-feeling interiors. The updated MyFord Touch system improves the infotainment system's usability and is better than before, making it "completely functional."

The 2015 Ford Fiesta has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 Fiesta received a Good score in four categories and Marginal in the small overlap front crash test (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Ford Fiesta is a competitive entry in the subcompact segment, offering a host of tech features, good driving dynamics, and impressive fuel economy. ST models provide the most fun at a great value without sacrificing fuel economy. In a First Drive review, we said that the Fiesta ST's road manners make it "bring the smiles" and allows it to stand out among hot hatches. Variants with the turbocharged I-3, on the other hand, provide excellent fuel efficiency but are only availability with a limited number of optional features. Compared to other three-cylinder-equipped vehicles, we noted in a 2014 First Drive review that the Fiesta's remains quiet with "little vibration" and makes little to no noise even at idle.

You'll Like

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Superb performance and driving dynamics in the Fiesta ST
  • Surprisingly refined I-3 engine with manual transmission

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster base powertrain
  • Limited creature comforts for SFE models with the turbocharged I-3
  • Tight rear seats

Key Competitors

  • Honda Fit
  • Nissan Versa
  • Fiat 500
  • Chevrolet Sonic


4 star


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