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MSRP: $14,355 - $21,405
Invoice: $13,817 - $20,603
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Ford Fiesta Interior

Test drivers report that the 2015 Ford Fiesta’s cabin features impressive build quality and attractive styling. They say that touch points like the armrest, center console and dashboard are covered in premium materials, though some critics also mention that the cabin features a number of plastics in other areas that are appropriate for the class.

  • "We appreciate the fact that Ford doesn't seemingly penalize you for shopping the least expensive car in its showroom. Every Fiesta hits the streets with upmarket styling, a well-fitted interior with some unexpectedly nice finishes, plus an array of electronic must-haves such as Bluetooth phone connectivity and an iPod connector as standard equipment." -- Edmunds 
  • "While the Fiesta definitely has its substantive strengths, it leads with style. Ford's masterful interior styling and execution offer a number of interior choices. ... You'll find soft-touch materials on the armrest, center-console lid and steering wheel, and you can order high-end options like heated front seats, push-button start and multi-color selectable ambient lighting." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "A sculpted dashboard, quality materials and a unique, cell phone-inspired center stack gave the cabin a relatively luxurious apperance when the Fiesta first arrived in the U.S. several years back. Since then, the Fiesta's interior advantage has largely disappeared as new and improved rivals have hit the market, but more premium trimmings added for the latest model year help bring the hatchback closer to the front of the pack." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2014 Fiesta ST)

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Seating

The Ford Fiesta seats five and is available with leather upholstery and heated front seats, while the Fiesta ST also offers optional Recaro sport seats. Test drivers agree that the Fiesta’s rear seats are cramped, even for a subcompact car, but most report that the front seats are spacious and comfortable, and that the driver’s seat offers a wide range of adjustment. Some also appreciate the supportive Recaro seats available in the Fiesta ST, saying that they are a must-have option. 

  • "While the front seats offer plenty of space and comfort, those interested in regularly carrying three or more passengers should know that the rear seats are cramped for adults." -- Left Lane News 
  • "Interior space is generous up front, with a driver seat that easily adjusts for a wide range of driver heights. The backseat is definitely on the tight side, however, even for this pint-sized segment." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014 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) 

Interior Features

The 2015 Ford Fiesta’s standard features include power door locks, Ford’s voice-activated Sync system (with a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity) and a six-speaker stereo. Available features include cruise control, power windows, keyless entry and ignition, a moonroof, satellite radio, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, a Sony audio system, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and a review camera.

Reviewers say that it can be difficult to pair your phone with the base Sync system, and that the stock stereo system can be confusing to use because its controls are unusual and difficult to reach. As a result, some say that it’s easier to use voice commands. The available MyFord Touch system reduces the number of buttons on the center stack, and critics agree that it makes the Fiesta’s tech features much easier to use.

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  • "Pairing the Sync system to your phone and getting it set up is difficult, and besides its Bluetooth phone capability, we generally find ourselves using Sync as a work-around for the standard, form-over-function radio interface. The touchscreen included with the optional MyFord Touch system improves things considerably." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 2015 Fiesta sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a subcompact car. The Fiesta hatchback has 14.9 cubic feet of space, which expands to 25.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Critics are pleased with the amount of space that the sedan’s trunk provides, though most note that the Fiesta hatchback offers less overall cargo space than many competitors. Some also dislike its narrow cargo hold, while others report that the Fiesta hatchback’s rear seats don’t fold completely flat.

  • "The hatch's seats don't fold completely flat, causing maximum capacity to suffer a bit: 26 cubic feet is skimpy for a subcompact hatchback." -- Edmunds 
  • "… the Fiesta hatchback's rear seats don't fold down all the way, limiting total cargo space to 26 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News
  • “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: 9/15/14

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