2. The Numbers
The Fiesta competes with other subcompacts including the Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic and Nissan Versa. The former two offerings provide some stiff competition for this little Ford, though it comes equipped for battle.
The Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. While lacking direct fuel injection it still features variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, a feature that bolsters the bottom line. This smooth-running little engine puts out a respectable 120 hp with 112 lb-ft of torque, a little bit more than provided by the Honda Fit (117 hp, 106 lb-ft) though it does fall short of Chevy’s Sonic, which offers an optional 1.4-liter turbo (138 hp, 148 lb-ft).
GALLERY: 2014 Ford Fiesta Five-Door SE
The engine can be matched to a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic; our test car featured the former gearbox, which is light through the gears and easy to drive smoothly, something that can’t be said about the jerky-feeling self-shifter.
When it comes to fuel consumption the Fiesta doesn’t disappoint. Our test car stickered at 27 miles per gallon in city driving and 38 on the highway, numbers that made for a combined score of 31 mpg. In the real world we blew those scores away averaging a claimed 39.1. That’s a huge figure, especially since we drove it pretty hard in cold weather. Maybe the digital readout is optimistic.