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2019 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ranks in the middle of the subcompact car class. It offers sporty handling and a straightforward infotainment system, but this small car is held back by its tight rear seats, small cargo hold, and lack of driver assistance features.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Handsome cabin
  • Optional infotainment system is user-friendly
  • Meager base engine
  • Tiny cargo hold
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Fewer safety feature than rivals offer

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Fiesta is a good used subcompact car. Its lithe handling makes it fun to drive, and the Fiesta ST's muscular engine helps this Ford accelerate swiftly. It comes in sedan and hatchback body types, and it has a well-built cabin. However, its shortage of passenger space, cargo room, and safety features prevent it from ranking higher.

For another small car that’s a joy to drive, you might consider the 2019 Kia Rio or 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop. Both vehicles have more available safety features than the Fiesta.

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How Much is the 2019 Ford Fiesta?

Based on listings for the 2019 Ford Fiesta, the average list price is $11,593. Prices range from $11,593 to $18,484 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Ford Fiesta Cost to Own?

The 2019 Fiesta’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes and fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,312, or $4,662 per year. That’s a bit below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Ford Fiesta: What's the Difference?

The Fiesta saw no major changes for 2019, other than some minor tweaks to its trims. Ford discontinued the Fiesta after the 2019 model year.

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Ford introduced the Fiesta to the U.S. market for 2011, and here are the key changes over the last few years:

  • 2016: available SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced much-maligned MyFord Touch
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: three-cylinder EcoBoost engine discontinued; rearview camera became standard
  • 2019: last model year of production in the U.S.; Titanium trim discontinued and ST-Line trim debuted

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Fiesta, 2017 Fiesta, and 2018 Fiesta reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Ford Fiesta?

The 2019 Fiesta has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Ford Fiesta Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER Recall Date: 08/27/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Fiesta vehicles. The brake calipers may have been manufactured with the incorrect assembly fluid, which can cause the caliper's rubber seals to swell.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2624
  • Consequence: The swollen seals can cause the brakes to drag, potentially overheating the brakes and increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will flush the brake fluid and replace the front brake calipers and brake hoses, free of charge. The recall began October 10, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S27.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 21, 2019 to JUL 31, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S27
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V629000

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Fiesta comes in sedan and hatchback body types. The Fiesta sedan is available in S and SE trims, and the hatchback model comes in SE, ST-Line, and ST trims.

The S, SE, and ST-Line models have a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine and either a manual or automatic transmission. The ST hatchback is the performance-tuned vehicle of the lineup, with 197 horsepower and no option for an automatic transmission.

Unless you want the ST’s extra juice, find a properly equipped SE or ST-Line model to get the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Some trims have available equipment beyond the standard features. A navigation system and a sunroof are available in all but the S trim.

  • Ford Fiesta S: The base S only comes as a sedan. Like many subcompact cars, it’s light on standard features. The SYNC interface, a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera are standard.
  • Ford Fiesta SE: Available in both sedan and hatchback body types, the SE trim builds on the base trim's features, adding cruise control, a front center console and armrest, power windows, alloy wheels, and Ford’s MyKey driver monitoring system.
  • Ford Fiesta ST-Line: The ST-Line comes only in hatchback form. It gains a few sporty styling enhancements and much of the SE’s optional equipment, including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, another USB port, satellite radio, larger alloy wheels, and fog lights.
  • Ford Fiesta ST: The top-of-the-line Fiesta ST has a 197-horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and a six-speed manual transmission. Other additions include an eight-speaker Sony stereo, HD Radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and automatic climate control. Some models may feature Recaro front sport seats and combination cloth and leather upholstery.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Fiesta an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. Additionally, the NHTSA noted a safety concern whereby the left rear door panel could strike the passenger during a crash.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this car the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Ford’s MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers)

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2019 Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Fiesta or 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Honda Fit can't match the Ford’s agility, but it's a more practical choice. The Fit boasts a higher safety score, premium cabin materials, a roomier back seat, and a larger cargo hold than the Fiesta. It’s more fuel-efficient too. The Ford may be more exciting to drive, but in a side-by-side comparison, the Honda is the better subcompact car for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Fiesta or 2019 Nissan Versa?

Like the Ford, the 2019 Nissan Versa is available in hatchback and sedan body styles, but that’s where the similarities end. The Versa has more cargo space, but by most other measurements, the Fiesta is the better car. It has a stronger engine, sharper handling, and higher-grade cabin materials than the Versa. Go with the Ford.

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2019 Fiesta Performance

How Does the 2019 Ford Fiesta Drive?

The base engine is smooth but unimpressive for the segment, although the five-speed manual transmission is easy to shift. The available dual-clutch automatic could be smoother in its operation. The performance-oriented Fiesta ST cranks out a lot more power. It’s enjoyable to drive, and it accelerates with zest.

No matter the configuration, precise steering, firm braking, and a sporty suspension all help this Ford feel fun to drive. Additionally, the ride remains compliant over rough roads.

  • Base engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque (ST only)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual; available six-speed dual clutch automatic; six-speed manual standard in ST trim
Does the 2019 Ford Fiesta Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fiesta gets its best fuel economy estimates with the base engine and automatic transmission, and those figures are about average for a nonhybrid subcompact car. With the manual gearbox, the Fiesta's gas mileage is slightly subpar for the segment.

  • Base engine, manual: 27/35 mpg city/highway
  • Base engine, automatic: 27/37 mpg
  • ST: 25/32 mpg

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2019 Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Fiesta Seat?

The 2019 Fiesta seats five people in two rows. Even when compared to other small cars like the 2019 Toyota Yaris and 2019 Honda Fit, the Ford's rear seats feel cramped. The front seats are better for head- and legroom, but a shortage of seat padding and adjustability can make it difficult to get comfortable. On the bright side, this vehicle has a well-built cabin.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Cloth and leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Recaro front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Ford Fiesta?

The 2019 Fiesta has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. A lower anchor can be borrowed from either side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this car’s LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use. The lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats, they're hard to maneuver around, and they require a lot of force to attach.

2019 Ford Fiesta Features

The Fiesta comes standard with the basic SYNC infotainment system, but it’s worth springing for a model equipped with the available SYNC 3 system. It’s easy to use, and the touch screen has sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: the SYNC system, a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and another USB port
  • Other available features: power windows, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a sunroof

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2019 Ford Fiesta Dimensions

Ford Fiesta Cargo Space

Cargo space in this Ford depends on the body style. The sedan has a 12.8 cubic-foot trunk. The hatchback has 14.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats (10.1 in the ST) and a total of 25.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. Those figures are subpar for a subcompact car.

The rear seats don’t fold completely flat in the Fiesta, creating an uneven load floor.

2019 Ford Fiesta Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 4 inches to 14 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,536 to 2,720 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Ford Fiesta Built?

Ford built the 2019 Fiesta in Mexico.

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