Ford Fiesta interior
The Ford Fiesta’s interior is smart looking and logically laid out but the best quality is reserved for expensive top-spec Vignale models
The Ford Fiesta’s dashboard is made from squidgy plastics – although they’re not as thickly padded as you’ll get in a pricey Mini – and you get shiny black trim pieces and flashes of chrome. Every model gets an 8-inch infotainment screen, which looks smart and means conventional buttons and knobs are kept to a bare minimum.
Vignale models have proper luxury touches, for a pint-sized car at least. They come with a leather interior, thick Vignale floor mats and a panoramic opening sunroof that makes the interior feel brighter and airier than it does in the cheaper versions.
It’s all very nice, but the trim that suits the Ford Fiesta’s playful character best is ST-Line, which gives the Ford a genuinely sporty feel inside courtesy of a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, some glossy faux carbon fibre trims and sports seats (leather-trimmed in ST-Line X models).
The stereo in B&O models is so powerful it can wake an entire neighbourhood in just seconds
All Ford Fiestas get an 8-inch screen with smartphone mirroring system Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. From Titanium trim, built-in sat-nav comes as standard, although the app on your phone will be easier to use and have more up-to-date travel information.
The system’s colourful screen is brighter than those fitted to other cars and its clear display makes directions easy to follow, while its menus are laid out intuitively, although it does without the handy buttons that help you quickly navigate from menu to menu in the new SEAT Ibiza.
All Ford Fiestas come with a six-speaker stereo that’ll be fine if you only ever listen to Radio 4, but if you have more energetic musical tastes you’ll love the stereo fitted to Titanium X and top-spec Vignale models.
It has eight speakers (including a subwoofer in the boot) and a mammoth 675W output and offers the kind of sound quality you might expect from a luxury saloon. Happily, you can add it to lesser models for a modest fee too.