Used Ford Fiesta In SA Reviewed

Steven Mauve
3 min readSep 17, 2022


A few years ago, the Ford Fiesta for sale hit the headlines with its great fuel economy. But that was achieved by the 1-litre 3-cylinder engine. What is even more impressive is that the fuel economy of the 1.5-L diesel has exceeded the previous claim. Read on and find out more from this review.

The Ford Fiesta’s history

This car comes a long way since it was first introduced in Europe and the UK in 1976. The fourth-generation model landed in South Africa in 1997 and made such a hit that it won the ‘South African Car of the Year’ award the following year.

Ford Fiesta’s good resale value

The Ford Fiesta enjoys long model cycles, which means that its models remain unchanged in the new-car market for a long time. The longer this period, the greater the resale value of such cars.

How many models make up the Ford Fiesta range?

There are only 5 models, namely, and in order of increasing price, the Ford Fiesta 1.0 T Trend Manual, the Ford Fiesta 1.0 T Trend Automatic, the Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend, the Ford Fiesta 1.0 T Titanium, and the Ford Fiesta 1.0 T Titanium Auto.

How many engine variants are there?

The range offers only 3 engine variants. Two variants are based on the 3-cylinder, 1-litre petrol engine, with the third variant being like the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine. The transmissions are either a six-speed manual or automatic. The Trend models all have a weaker version of the 1-litre, 3-cylinder engine, producing 74 kW of power. On the other hand, the Titanium models have a more powerful version of a similar engine, with a power output of 92 kW. However, these differences are not that obvious to the public.

General performance

The Trend 1.0 Manual can accelerate 0–100 km/hr in 10.5 seconds, reaching a 183 km/hr top speed. The Titanium manual can do the 0–100 km/hr in 9.9 seconds, with a maximum speed of 195 km/hr. The slower manual 1.5 TDCi turbodiesel does the 0–100 km/hr in 12.5 seconds, managing a 175 km/hr maximum speed.

The Ford Fiesta’s exterior

You can spot the Trend models by their 16-inch alloy wheels, whereas the more costly Titanium models have 17-inch wheels, a grille consisting of chrome bars, and LED daytime running lights. In addition, Trend models are equipped with fog lights with cornering lamps, electric and heated wing mirrors, and electric windows.

What about the Ford Fiesta’s safety features?

It’s fitted with 6 airbags, standard ISOFIX child seat mountings, an immobiliser and a perimeter anti-theft alarm system. It also has electronic stability control and traction control, ABS braking, EBD, EBA, and Hill Launch Assist.

If you are about to become the proud owner of a Ford Fiesta, you are compelled by law to obtain comprehensive car insurance if your new car is to be financed by a financial institution. Perhaps you’re looking for a good used Fiesta to buy instead — just make sure you buy from a trustworthy used car dealer.




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Steven Mauve

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