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Used Ford Fiesta review: 2009-2010

The Fiesta looked funky, had a funky interior and was packed with all the funky features.

...and what to watch for when you are buying it.

NEW - The Fiesta was Ford's attempt to win over small car buyers who shunned recent offerings from the Blue oval brand.

The company made a big song and dance about appealing to young women with the Fiesta, but added that the sporting model in the range would appeal to young men. If it was having a bob each way there was no doubt the Fiesta was conceived to bring young women to the brand. The Fiesta looked funky, had a funky interior and was packed with all the funky features a young woman on the move could wish for.

There were two body styles on offer, a three-door hatch and a five-door hatch, and three models, the price leading CL, the LX and the sporty Zetec. The mid range LX was only available as a five-door; the others could be had with three or five doors. Three engines were offered, two of them petrol and one a diesel.

The petrol engines were a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre, but the diesel was the big noise with a claimed consumption of 3.7 L/100 km. There was also the choice of manual and automatic transmissions with the final drive being through the front wheels. On the road the Fiesta was poised when cornering, had a compliant ride, and its engines were smooth and flexible. Inside, it was quiet and refined, the seats were comfortable and there were plenty of nifty features like voice-controlled Bluetooth and a USB slot for an MP3 player.

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Few complaints have been received at Carsguide, suggesting that Fiesta owners are generally happy with their purchase. The most common complaint relates to engine pinging, and despite dealer recommendations to switch to higher octane fuel it doesn't seem to go away. Fuel economy is also a concern for some owners, particularly with the 1.6-litre engine, which doesn't come close to the official Ford figure. Anyone buying for fuel economy should strongly consider the diesel, which does deliver very good economy.

We have also had the odd report of the engine cutting out for no apparent reason, and dealers have not been able to find the cause of the problem. Random failures of this sort are quite common on today's cars with all their electronics. It only takes a poor connection somewhere, or a sensor that misbehaves occasionally and you have a car that does things that are difficult to explain.

The performance of the air-conditioning has been called into question by a number of owners who say it blows cool rather than cold on hot summer days. Rattles are also the subject of complaint, which would appear to be the result of variable build quality. Like all modern cars servicing the Fiesta is vitally important to ensuring a long and reliable life, so check that the car you want to buy has been serviced regularly and according to the book.

SMITHY SAYS

A smart looking, great driving and fun-filled little hatch that's packed with character.

Ford Fiesta 2009-2010

Price new: $16,450 to $24,990
Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cylinder, 71 kW/125 Nm; 1.6-litre 4-cylinder, 88 kW/151 Nm; 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel, 66 kW/200 Nm.
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, FWD
Thirst: 5.7 L/100 km (1.4), 5.8 L/100 km (1.6), 3.7 L/100 km (TD)
Body: 3-door hatch, 5-door hatch Variants: CL, LX, Econetic, Zetec
Safety: 5-star ANCAP

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2010 $2,800 $6,600
2009 $2,900 $6,050

View all Ford Fiesta pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$6,990
Based on 88 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$2,999
Highest Price
$10,999

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
CL 1.4L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $3,500 – 5,610 2009 Ford Fiesta 2009 CL Pricing and Specs
Econetic 1.6L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $3,100 – 5,390 2009 Ford Fiesta 2009 Econetic Pricing and Specs
LX 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,900 – 5,060 2009 Ford Fiesta 2009 LX Pricing and Specs
Zetec 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,900 – 4,950 2009 Ford Fiesta 2009 Zetec Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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