Euro-style looks and handling; impressive interior design and features; enjoyable performance with the ST
High-end models get pricey; cramped rear seat; unimpressive automatic transmission
The big news is the addition of the Fiesta ST-Line series grade that is so popular in Europe. Ford discontinued the Fiesta's Titanium trim.
At this price bracket, why not go for the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST -- the version that's the most fun? Let the rivals provide the run-of-the-mill runabouts. One day, people will look back fondly on the ST and a looked-after model could hold its value well. If the runabout route is preferred, an SE with the SE Appearance package is the way to go.
Only the 2019 Ford Fiesta SE grade comes as both a sedan and a hatchback. The S trim is sedan only while the higher-performance ST-Line and ST trims are hatchback only. All prices reflect the $875 factory delivery charge. Hatchback configuration for the SE adds $300 to the bottom line.
The S sedan ($16,365) starts with 15-in steel wheels, a capless fuel filler, halogen headlamps, air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power door locks with remote keyless entry, a 6-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, Sync, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, hill-start assist, seven airbags and a rearview camera.
The sedan SE ($16,365) adds 15-in alloy wheels, cruise control, MyKey, power windows and trip computer.
An SE Appearance package consists of 16-in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler (for the sedan), fog lights, sport cloth upholstery, satellite radio, a pair of USB ports (the auxiliary input is replaced by one of these ports) and the Sync 3 infotainment interface with a 6.5-in touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, voice control and AppLink integration.
The Cold Weather package contributes heated front seats, heated mirrors and automatic climate control.
The ST-Line ($18,500) loses the auto climate control, but adds to the SE with outboard mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and blind spot mirrors, twin chrome-tipped exhaust, fog lamps, a keyless entry keypad, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals, satellite radio, Sync 3, two charging USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Cold Weather Package is also available.
ST ($22,215) gets back the automatic climate control and adds 17-in alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire, push-button start, a Sony audio system, sport suspension, a 6-speed manual transmission and upgraded stability control.
The ST can be enhanced by the Recaro package that (not surprisingly) brings a pair of super-supportive Recaro sport seats up front, both with height adjustment, plus leather/cloth upholstery and heated mirrors. For extra presence, you could order 17-in wheels finished in black and front brake calipers in red.
Some of the standard features on higher trim levels are offered on lower trims as options. Individual extras include a sunroof, navigation, a sport body kit, a Kicker subwoofer (for the sedan) and remote start (automatic transmission only).
The Fiesta can accommodate five adults in a pinch, but front occupants enjoy most of the headroom and legroom. Compared with rivals like the Honda Fit, the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris, the Fiesta's rear compartments come up a few inches short.
Both the sedan and the hatchback feature 60/40-split folding rear seats. In the hatchback's case, folding down those seats creates 25.4 cu ft., enough space for a couple of snowboards and a weekend's worth of gear. With the seats up, there's 14.9 cu ft. The sedan's trunk capacity is 12.8 cu ft. Neither the sedan nor the hatchback is particularly great in this regard.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Honda Fit -- Stronger resale value, more space for rear passengers and cargo, plus ingenious passenger/cargo combinations. Updated for 2018. Less fun, though.
2019 Nissan Versa -- Remarkably spacious for the class and one of the cheaper cars around. But that low price doesn't mean a great deal and it's dull to drive.
2019 Toyota Yaris -- Not the most inspired of choices, but no one will dispute its reliability or efficiency.
Used Mini Cooper -- For something more upscale, yet still with a bubbly personality, excellent front-drive manners and compact dimensions, this could be just the ticket.