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2019 Ford Focus vs. 2019 Ford Fiesta: What's the Difference?

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  • The compact 2019 Ford Focus is a bigger and more expensive alternative to the subcompact 2019 Ford Fiesta.

  • Both Ford compacts are available as either a sedan or a hatchback.

  • Multiple different variants bring a lot of variety to both of these small Fords.

Compact cars might be going out of style in favor of small crossovers, but there are still plenty on the market that make for good, affordable, efficient transportation. Two such cars are the compact Ford Focus and the subcompact Ford Fiesta. Let's take a look at the differences and similarities of two of the smallest offerings in Ford's lineup.

Exterior

One of the main differences between these two cars is the sizing. The Focus is both longer and wider than the Fiesta, while the two are about the same height. The Focus is one class bigger than the Fiesta, which brings along all of the advantages of extra space along with it, but that also makes it more expensive and less efficient.

Both cars are available as either a sedan or a hatchback. The hatchback variants aren't as long and have more volume for cargo while the sedans are longer with less cargo space.

If you're not planning on using the back seat very regularly, then the size of the Fiesta is sufficient. The extra size of the Focus makes it a good car for small families.

Interior

The larger dimensions of the Focus means it has more room for passengers and cargo on the inside. Both cars have five seats, but they're both very cramped if you try putting three people in the back seat, especially if it's three adults. That said, the Focus is a more flexible and versatile car than the Fiesta thanks to its larger size.

Interior design is pretty similar in both cars with the Focus being slightly more upscale. Neither is luxurious, but they can both be optioned with pretty nice amenities like leather seats, Sony premium audio and satellite navigation. On the more affordable side of the spectrum, you can also get these cars with simple interiors with cloth seats and you can even still get a Fiesta with crank windows.

Both cars are around the middle of the pack in their respective classes in terms of interior quality, space, and amenities.

Mechanicals

The Focus and the Fiesta both have a couple engine options that can deliver good performance and fuel economy.

2019 Ford Fiesta Engines

  • 1.6-liter inline four; 120 horsepower, 112 lb-ft of torque; 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway

  • 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four; 197 hp, 202 lb-ft of torque; 26 mpg city/33 mpg hwy

2019 Ford Focus Engines

  • 2.0-liter inline four; 160 hp, 146 lb-ft of torque; 26 mpg city/38 mpg hwy

  • 1.0-liter turbocharged inline three; 123 hp, 125 lb-ft of torque; 30 mpg city/40 mpg hwy

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 252 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy

  • 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four; 350 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque; 19 mpg city/25 mpg hwy

The base engines in these cars return frugal fuel economy numbers and adequate performance, but they get really exciting in the higher-performance trims. Both are available with ST (Sport Technologies) variants with turbocharged EcoBoost engines and 6-speed manual transmissions making them exciting to drive as practical hot hatchbacks. The Focus also offers the RS trim using a variant of the same engine in the EcoBoost Mustang and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

The more pedestrian trims of these cars are good for practicality, but driving enthusiasts will also find something to love in both the Focus and the Fiesta.

Technology

The Focus and the Fiesta are both available with the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system and both are available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Fiesta is also available with the Amazon Alexa digital assistant built into the infotainment system, but the Focus is not. What the Focus does have available is some driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and active park assist, none of which you can get in the Fiesta.

Pricing

Since the Fiesta is the smaller car, it's also the more affordable car compared to the Focus. The 2019 Fiesta has a starting MSRP of $14,260 and the Focus starts at $17,950. With both cars, the hatchback is slightly more expensive than its sedan alternative. The Fiesta ST starts in the low $20,000 range and the Focus ST starts in the mid-$20,000s. As for the higher-performance Focus RS, it will set you back at least $41,120.

Across the board, the Focus is a little more expensive than the Fiesta when similarly equipped because of the size difference.

Conclusion

The main differences between the Focus and the Fiesta are in their size and their price. If an efficient subcompact would be good for your lifestyle, then the Fiesta is a great choice. But if you need a little more room or want the thrill of the Focus RS, then the bigger Focus is a good option as well. Which one is right for you depends on your budget, your appetite for performance and how much space you need.

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