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MSRP: $14,100 - $21,400
Invoice: $13,571 - $20,598
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Ford Fiesta Interior

Critics say that the 2014 Ford Fiesta has one of the nicest interiors in the class. They note that the Fiesta offers a stylish interior design, and that quality materials help give the cabin an upscale feel.

  • "With its edgy style, soft-touch dash top, metallic accents and tight build quality, the Fiesta's cabin has a premium vibe that's unexpected in an economy car." -- Edmunds
  • "One reason to pick the Fiesta over its Asian competitors is inside. Ford has done a masterful job with the Fiesta's interior styling and execution, offering a number of distinctive interior choices, such as white/black leather seating, contrasting piping and plum leather seating surfaces." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Other enhancements in the 2014 Fiesta include better materials on the dashboard, though the cabin is still largely awash with black plastics. The glossy black trim on the center stack and the aluminum accents on the ST-specific steering wheel and shift knob look and feel upscale, but remember, this is a sub-$25,000 subcompact. For that price, the interior is just fine." -- Autoblog 
  • "Not only is the interior a welcoming cockpit, with a contemporary design--from the instrument panel, to the thick, formed steering wheel, to comfortable seats for adults of all sizes--but the packaging is sufficient to carry it all." -- AutoWeek (2011)

Seating

Most reviewers agree that the Fiesta’s front seats are accommodating, with plenty of head- and legroom. One test driver notes that legroom can be a little tight in the back seat, particularly if the front seat is pushed back for a taller driver, but this is common in this class. Cloth upholstery comes standard on the 2014 Fiesta, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available on the Titanium trim.

  • "There're more cues to the Fiesta's hot hatch greatness inside the cabin, too, where you're first and foremost greeted with excellent Recaro thrones up front (optional kit, natch). These aren't the exact same chairs as what's found in the Focus ST, but they're just as comfortable and supportive. If it were my dollars, I wouldn't even bother ordering a Fiesta ST without them." -- Autoblog (Fiesta ST)
  • “An average-size adult can sit behind another average-size adult, but legroom almost completely disappears if the front seat is set to accommodate a tall person." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • “You see, the subcompact Fiesta is a real car, with real front seats that adjust enough for our lofty friend and a telescoping steering wheel that reaches far out to greet him. Just because the Fiesta is small doesn't mean its driver must be similarly small." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "So while the Fiesta is definitely compact outside, the interior is actually generous for front-seaters in all dimensions." -- MSN (2012) 

Interior Features

The 2014 Ford Fiesta comes standard with air conditioning, power door locks and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features include cruise control, power windows, keyless entry and ignition, a moonroof and Ford’s Sync system, which adds a USB port and Bluetooth, as well as voice recognition to control audio and smartphone functions.

While one reviewer says that the Fiesta’s dash is a bit button-heavy, most critics agree that the Fiesta’s tech features have gotten easier to use than they were in previous models. Additionally, one test driver notes that the Fiesta offers some features that are rare for the class, such as keyless access with push-button start.

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  • "The standard Sync system allows voice control over the audio system and your cell phone, and it also provides such features as voice-prompted turn-by-turn navigation (it works respectably well) and emergency assist. Another high-end feature not often seen in this segment is the available keyless entry/ignition system." -- Edmunds 
  • "Ford's voice-controlled SYNC audio and communications system continues to grow ever more robust and desirable." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Elsewhere inside the ST, upgrades that will carry over to the rest of the 2014 Fiesta range are found, including - most notably - a revised center stack with a significantly more appealing and user-friendly interface. Yes, it's still button-heavy, but it's a big step up from the previous layout - and the cars we get in the States with nav will have even fewer buttons." -- Autoblog 
  • "We're not entirely crazy about this car's unconventional audio controls. Their placement high on the central dashboard stack puts many functions out of easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The Fiesta sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a subcompact car. The hatchback model has 14.9 cubic feet of space, which can expand to 25.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Some reviewers say that both body styles offer a useful amount of cargo space, though one test driver notes that the Honda Fit offers significantly more room overall. 

  • "At 12.8 cubic feet, the sedan's trunk capacity is class-competitive. The Fiesta hatchback offers a bit less than that with its rear seat up. Unfortunately, the seats don't fold completely flat, and the Fiesta's 26 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity pale in comparison to the Honda Fit's 57 cubes." -- Edmunds 
  • "And because it's a hatchback, there are heaps of functionality to go with all of that performance. The rear bench splits in a 60/40 fashion, and with the seatbacks down, you'll have 34.4 cubic feet of storage at your disposal - way more than in similar small hotties like the Mini JCW or a Fiat 500 Abarth." -- Autoblog (Fiesta ST)
  • “Fiesta falls short of its boxier competitors. The hatchback's cargo hold is narrower than you might expect. Oddly enough, it's better in the longer sedan, as there's a section that widens behind the rear wheel wells." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Storage room is surprisingly large, both in the sedan's trunk and the hatchback's rear." -- MSN (2012)
Review Last Updated: 2/11/14

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