Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is an excellent example of a car that should not be judged by its looks.

Though small, the Ford Fiesta is a powerful little supermini with value-minded performance and tons of character. 

An Introduction to the Party – The Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta was first introduced to the Ford lineup back in 1976 after the 1973 oil crisis saw the rise in demand for smaller cars. It was the smallest car that had been made by Ford at the time.

The Expressive Performance and Technology of the Ford Fiesta

The 2019 Ford Fiesta comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that puts out 120 horsepower. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual, though comes with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. 

In the interior, drivers have access to a 6.5” touchscreen infotainment system, an available sunroof, and in-dash navigation. The entry-level trim comes with a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a backup camera, and manual crank windows. 

A Generational Timeline of the Ford Fiesta

  • First Generation Ford Fiesta (1976-1983)

The first-generation Ford Fiesta was available in three-door hatchback and three-door panel van designs. By 1981, larger bumpers were introduced to meet safety regulations. This both improved driver and passenger safety, and made the care more durable.

  • Second Generation Ford Fiesta (1984-1989)

The second-generation Ford Fiesta came with a revised interior and front end. The 1.3L OHV engine was replaced by a CVH powerplant.  This made it more powerful, and helped it run much smoother.

  • Third Generation Ford Fiesta (1990-1997)

The third-generation was the first five-door hatchback Fiesta. An XR2i Sports Version launched alongside the third-generation model. 

  • Fourth Generation Ford Fiesta (1998-2002)

The fourth-generation Ford Fiesta utilized a 1.6i Zetec engine and received a total makeover that was inspired by the Ford Focus. A green diesel engine was added to the lineup during this generation as well.

  • Fifth Generation Ford Fiesta (2003-2008)

By 2003, a Duratec engine replaced the Zetec engine and the Fiesta hit Australia for the first time. The 2005 model added a new front and rear light cluster, as well as electric mirrors, a trip computer, and Bluetooth capabilities. 

  • Sixth Generation Ford Fiesta (2009-2019)

The sixth-generation Ford Fiesta is available in both three-door and five-door configurations. The car features a new trapezoidal front grille, laser-cut headlamps, and a new infotainment system.

The Ford Fiesta in the News

In recent Ford news, the 2019 Ford Fiesta is receiving a recall for leaking brake calipers. Dealers everywhere are now flushing the brake fluid and replacing front brake calipers and lines for free. This is a quick and easy fix, all you need to do is to take your car to a Ford dealership to get the part replaced.

Celebrity Endorsements of the Ford Fiesta

Though it is an economy car at heart, there are quite a few celebrities that can be seen driving around in their Ford Fiestas. Some celebrity Ford Fiesta owners include Irish model Nadia Forde and professional driver Ken Block.

Best Ford Fiesta Groups

With thousands of members from all over the world, The Fiesta Owners Club is one of the top places on the Internet for Ford Fiesta owners and enthusiasts to chat and share information. The group built around this car is both a community, and a place to troubleshoot.

The Ford Fiesta – Small But Mighty

Though the Ford Fiesta won’t be in production for very long, it has had an incredible run as one of Ford’s most affordable economy cars. We say goodbye to the Ford Fiesta as the party comes to an end, though raise a glass for all the good times we’ve had in it.