2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Performance

$14,505 - $19,495
Price Range (MSRP)

With the departure of the EcoBoost 1.0-liter at the start of 2017, the 2018 Ford Fiesta still has just one 1.6-liter engine. It’s naturally aspirated, so you’ll need to work the engine to get the most out of it. Drive goes to the front wheels via a choice between a 5-speed manual gearbox on S and SE models, and a 6-speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic – optional on S and SE models, standard on the Titanium trim. The manual is the better of the two, as the Powershift is notoriously jerky at low speeds. The chassis, however, is one of the best around, despite its age, and though the ride may be firmer than some rivals, it offers composure for those who like to enjoy the thrill of driving on a budget. It’s no Fiesta ST, but the basic traits are inherent here.

2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Ford Fiesta makes use of a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline-4 developing 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque – figures that are less than rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic and Honda Fit. That’s the only engine available after the EcoBoost 1.0-liter was removed from the line-up in 2017. The 1.6-liter is naturally aspirated and as such requires some revving out to access the power available. Peak power arrives at 6,350 rpm, while the peak torque figure is achieved at 5,000 rpm. Fortunately, the engine is quite pleasant to work, though the lack of torque can make overtaking troublesome, particular in states with a higher altitude.

The engine drives the front wheels of the Fiesta through one of two gearbox offerings. The standard gearbox offering on base S and SE Fiesta hatches is a 5-speed manual gearbox, while a 6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic offering is standard on the Titanium and optional on the lower two trim levels. The manual offers a confident shift and great gearing for city use, though it can be a little noisy at highway speeds. The 6-speed dual-clutch PowerShift auto is better suited to highway cruising with the extra ratio, but is notoriously jerky at low speeds and doesn’t handle quick decision making well. Of the two, the manual is the most user-friendly, and also the most reliable as the PowerShift has been notoriously problematic in the last few years with numerous recalls issued and class action lawsuits faced by Ford over the gearbox and the problems it’s faced.

Ford Fiesta Hatchback
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Fiat 500
1.4-liter Gas Engine
Toyota Yaris Hatchback
1.5-liter Gas Engine
Horsepower 120 @ 6350 135 106 @ 6000
Torque 112 @ 5000 N/A 103 @ 4200
Transmission 5-Speed Manual (STD) 5-Speed C510 Manual (STD) 5-Speed Manual with OD

Drivetrain

2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback is available in Front wheel drive

MPG

According to the EPA, the 2018 Ford Fiesta offers a combined fuel consumption figure of 30 mpg for the manual-equipped variant, with city and highways figures of 27 and 35 mpg respectively. The PowerShift automatic offers the same city consumption, but the extra gear ratio offers improved economy on the highway with figures of 37 mpg. This highway figure pushes combined consumption on PowerShift equipped models to 31 mpg. Those averages put the 2018 Fiesta ahead of the Chevrolet Sonic (28 mpg), but behind the Toyota Yaris (32 mpg) and Honda Fit (33 mpg).

Ford Fiesta Hatchback
1.6-liter Gas Engine
Fiat 500
1.4-liter Gas Engine
Toyota Yaris Hatchback
1.5-liter Gas Engine
Combined 30 mpg N/A 33 mpg
City 27 mpg 27 mpg 30 mpg
Highway 35 mpg 33 mpg 36 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 gallons 10 gallons 11 gallons