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2019 Ford Fiesta Interior Review

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Interior: 7.7

Considering that the 2019 Ford Fiesta has one of the lowest starting prices in our subcompact car rankings, its cabin is quite nice. It has a quiet ride, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a good build quality. Even for a subcompact car, however, the Fiesta is short on space in the back seat and cargo area.

  • The build quality is decent for the class, but don't expect a whole lot of soft-touch in this price range. The shifter feels substantial, and the controls work well. No squeaks or rattles." -- Edmunds
  • "Comfort is high and the materials feel good to the touch. It's also nicely put together. There's an overall feeling of quality. If you're willing to spend, things can get fancy with … ambient lighting and push-button start." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Seating

The Fiesta has five seats, cloth upholstery, and manually adjustable front seats. It receives mixed reviews for comfort. The cabin is quieter than most small cars’, and there is an abundance of legroom in the front. Some will have a hard time getting comfortable in the front because the zone is narrow and even the upgraded seats have few adjustments. Adults will want to skip sitting in the back seat altogether, which is notably confined.

The Fiesta's cabin options are upgraded cloth upholstery, cloth sport seats, Recaro sport seats with partial leather trimming, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching.

Installing a car seat in the Fiesta's lower anchors entails a bit of grunting and sweating. The hardware is buried in the seat cushions, difficult to move your hand around, and requires a lot of effort to clip in a seat. A set is mounted on each outboard seat, and the middle seat can borrow unused anchors from the adjacent seats. Luckily, clipping a car seat into the tether anchors is much easier. All three tether anchors are clearly labeled and in plain sight.

  • "There's not a lot of padding, and the cloth material feels scratchy when you're wearing shorts. There's also minimal adjustability. Plus the seatback lever is of poor design, hidden by the seat belt." -- Edmunds
  • "As a sedan or hatchback, the 2018 Ford Fiesta seats five; however, rear-seat legroom is a bit cramped even for a subcompact." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Fiesta can accommodate four adults, 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." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

The Fiesta's in-car technology is straightforward and easy to learn. The standard system includes the SYNC interface, a 4.2-inch display, voice activation, a USB port, and Bluetooth. If it fits in your budget, we recommend upgrading to the SYNC3 infotainment system, which is available in the SE and standard in the ST-Line and ST. It includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, an extra USB port, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which grant seamless integration with your smartphone and many of your favorite apps.

In addition to the SYNC system, other standard features in the Fiesta are manual windows, keyless entry, and a rearview camera. Optional features include the SYNC3 interface, power windows, cruise control, automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a keyless entry keypad, ambient lighting, and Ford MyKey.

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  • "We're generally fond of the Fiesta's in-car tech from the standard Sync system's voice recognition to the turn-by-turn driving directions and emergency assistance. The available Sync 3 system improves on that idea with sharp graphics, intuitive controls and a 6.5-inch touchscreen." -- Edmunds
  • "Where that previous [infotainment] system was marred by too-small alphanumerics and latent response, Sync 3 and its 6.5-inch touch screen are faster and easier to operate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Cargo

The Fiesta sedan's 12.8-cubic-foot trunk is below average for a subcompact car. The hatchback offers a little more cargo space than the sedan, but its 14.9 cubic feet of rear storage is also undersized for a hatch. You can fold the rear seats down to get about 26 cubic feet of cargo space, but the seats don’t fold flat. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard in both body types.

  • The sedan's trunk is small for the class. The rear seats fold, but not quite flat. The hatchback's cargo hold is larger, but overall the Fiesta comes up short in this category compared to rivals such as the Honda Fit." -- Edmunds
  • "Additionally, the Fiesta hatchback's rear seats don't fold down all the way, limiting total cargo space to 26 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News (2016)
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