Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.1 S/S Manual | GreenFleet (2024)

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Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.1 S/S Manual | GreenFleet (1)

Richard Gooding discovers that with the arrival of the eighth-generation Ford Fiesta comes a raft of driving technologies, as well as an improved interior and enhanced efficiency

What is it?

The Ford Fiesta needs very little introduction. A perennially prominent car in the UK, the latest version of Ford’s evergreen supermini currently sits atop the top ten most popular cars in the UK chart (by quite some distance), and has been majestically on that throne for the past eight years. In fact, it’s been a favourite in the UK since its was launched in 1976, with almost every driver or family having a Fiesta story. It’s a small car, but a big deal. So, it’s an even bigger event when there’s a new one.

Ford has sold an incredible 16 million Fiestas since it appeared to take on the likes of the first-generation Volkswagen Polo, Renault 5 and Fiat 127, and sold 94,533 in the UK alone in 2017.

Last summer, Ford took the wraps off the eighth-generation Fiesta, and while it treads the evolutionary look path, a range of new connectivity and driver assistance technologies make the new car the most advanced yet.

And while others have shunned the three-door supermini due to diminishing demand, Ford has stoically stood firm and offers both three and five-door versions, as well as a new ‘crossover’-style Fiesta Active.

While diesel engines still form part of the 2018 Fiesta line-up, we’re testing the 98bhp 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol-engined model in affordable Zetec trim.

How does it drive?

Because of the same-again looks, there’s no mistaking the latest Fiesta for anything else.

Small details such as the ‘ghost’ LED daytime running lights and horizontal rear lamps mark out the newcomer, but otherwise it’s much the same story as before.

Inside, the new Fiesta is very different to the old, ditching the old car’s mobile-phone inspired and button-laden centre console for a new colour touchscreen infotainment system, which works well: it’s fast, clear, and the colour screen graphics are smooth, with good transitions between functions.

Quality has taken a step up, too, though the new Volkswagen Polo still shades it for overall build appeal.

Ford claims that the new Fiesta has 16mm more rear legroom, but it still feels tight when compared to the small VW and its Spanish sister, the new SEAT Ibiza.

Practicality is largely as before, the three and five-door Fiestas offering 292 and 303 litres of boot space respectively.

Room isn’t the be all and end all, though, and the Fiesta, just as before, puts the focus very much on driving.

The class leader for driving dynamics before, little has changed with the new version.

A 15 per cent increase in torsional stiffness and increased front and rear tracks ensure that the new car easily feels as agile as the old, dancing from corner to corner.

Sharp turn-in and quick steering enables it to scoot around bends and in and out of the urban landscape with ease, and for a car so ‘everyday’, it is both playful and rewarding where most rivals are not.

The gap between it and its rivals may not be so wide as before, but you’d still choose a Fiesta for small car driving fun. Even the ride is comfortable and composed.

As before, the former International Engine of the Year-winning 1.0-litre three-cylinder is perky and a joy to wring performance from.

There’s the usual three-cylinder thrum and the turbocharged motor gives punchy mid-range performance which will satisfy the needs of most drivers.

The benchmark 0 to 62mph sprint takes 10.5 seconds, and even on the move when cruising, the engine is refined thanks to twin-independent variable cam timing and an offset crankshaft.

The eighth-generation Fiesta is the safest yet, too, with improved passive and active safety systems including faster-acting restraint systems, a locking driver’s seat belt tongue and rear seat load limiters and seat belt pre-tensioners.

Depending on model, there are also adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, driver alert, lane keeping, as well as traffic sign recognition systems.

How economical is it?

Ford quotes an official 65.7mpg for the 1.0-litre Ecoboost-engined Fiesta.

Over a 300-mile test distance in more ‘real-world’ conditions, we achieved 48.0mpg. An ‘Eco’ button allows for greater economy wiggle room, by altering some of the car’s parameters.

What does it cost?

The new Ford Fiesta range kicks off at £13,715 for the 115g/km three-door Style with 69bhp.

These entry level cars feature Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows, halogen protector headlamps, manual air conditioning, and remote central locking.

Safety kit is comprehensive, too, with an ‘NCAP Pack’ consisting of lane keeping, rear seat belt minder and centre seat headrest, and speed limiter systems, as well as automatic headlamps.

Move up to the Zetec trim as our test car, and you gain niceties such as 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, front fog lamps, a heated windscreen, and Ford’s ‘Sync 3’ DAB radio colour 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Zetec cars cost from £15,215.

Above Zetec – from £17,165 – sits Titanium and Titanium new Fiestas, and if you opt for these, goodies such as 16-inch alloy wheels, auto wipers, cruise control, driver assistance technologies, keyless start, LED rear lights, rear privacy glass and an 8.0-inch touchscreen are included.

Special B&O Play editions based on Zetec and Titanium models offer unique body colours and an upgraded sound system, while £17,165 upwards ST-Line and ST-Line Xs have a more sports-orientated personality. The luxury-orientated Vignale offers opulence and a leather-lined interior.

The just-on-sale hot hatch 197bhp ST tops the new Fiesta range, with the top-line ST-3 priced at £21,495.

There is also a new version of Ford’s small best-seller, the Active, with a raised ride height and rugged styling features.

From £17,795, it’s not a full SUV but offers a does of crossover style in a smaller package.

How much does it cost to tax?

In 107g/km 1.0 Ecoboost Start-Stop specification – as our test car – the new Ford Fiesta attracts a first-year VED rate of £145, dropping to £140 in years thereafter.

Company car tax is 22 per cent, while BIK would cost a 20 per cent tax payer £62.30 per month, rising to £124.70 for the same period at 40 per cent.

The greenest version of the new Ford Fiesta is the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 84bhp, which has emissions of 97g/km.

This means the first-year rate of VED is £145, while the standard rate thereafter is the same as the 1.0-litre petrol-engined car.

The most expensive version when it comes to tax is the 1.0 Ecoboost automatic with Start-Stop and 17-inch wheels, which, with 139g/km, is pegged at £205 for the first year, and £140 for those thereafter.

Why does my fleet need one?

The Ford Fiesta doesn’t crown the most popular cars chart for no reason. A finely judged package, the latest model boosts the small Ford’s reputation.

Overdue, the technological advancements are most welcome, and the updated interior is a revelation.

The balancing act Ford needed to do was to improve the overall package but not lose the drivability strengths of the outgoing car, and on the whole it has succeeded.

Comfortable, a delight to drive, and now with an interior which is much nearer the class best and a raft of welcome technology, the new Ford Fiesta impresses with its broad range of talents.

Very little needs improvement, and the latest version is unreservedly and dramatically continuing its reign as the UK’s most popular car. As an appealing and rounded small car package, it’s hard to beat.

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Is the Fiesta 1.1 engine any good? ›

It's actually a lovely little engine, with decent power and torque (especially the 85hp version) and a sweet, warbling exhaust note. Obviously, the EcoBoost engine is more powerful if you get the turbo version, but the 1.1 is a perfectly good buy.

What is the difference between the 1.1 and 1.0 EcoBoost? ›

The 1.1 Ti-VCT is the base unit, and delivers 74bhp. The 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo petrol is the staple of the range, and it comes in 99bhp and 123bhp versions (the 153bhp model has been discontinued), with the more powerful engine using mild-hybrid technology to help improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

How much horsepower does a Ford Fiesta 1.1 Zetec have? ›

Technical Info
BHP/kW:84.5/63 @ 3500 RPM
Max Speed (KPH):169
Acceleration (MPH):14 (0-60)
MPG (Combined):64.2
MPG (Urban Cold):50.4
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What is the difference between a Fiesta Zetec and a Zetec S? ›

There is a bit of difference between them. The Zetec-S is 1.6 Petrol or 1.6 Diesel. The Zetec engine is either 1.25 Petrol, 1.4 Petrol or 1.4 Diesel. (Just to confuse things further the Zetec Climate is also available in 1.6 Diesel as well as the other Zetec options).

Is a 1.0 engine enough? ›

1.0-1.2 Litre Engines

You'll get a good fuel economy out of them, as the smaller capacity means less fuel is used. This is great if you mainly do a lot of stop/start driving, such as in a city where there are lots of traffic lights, or if you usually make short journeys.

Is 1.5 or 1.0 engine better? ›

The 1.0 AT will be more efficient in the city, but the 1.5 DSG's active cylinder deactivation technology helps extract better fuel efficiency on the highway.

Is EcoBoost or Zetec better? ›

The EcoBoost would be our choice, as it still claims 65.7mpg and gets free road tax but is very punchy and manages 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds. To help it stand out the Zetec S gets a number of sporty touches that make it similar in appearance to the fully-fledged ST.

Which Fiesta model is best? ›

Which Ford Fiesta is best? Plenty of options, then, but a 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line five-door remains Motorpoint's pick of the bunch. Unless you like driving everywhere like a rally star, in which case the ST is one of the finest hot hatches ever made. Whichever Fiesta you pick, you'll fall in love.

Which is the best Fiesta engine? ›

Our pick of the engine range is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder petrol engine.

How fast is a Ford Fiesta Zetec S? ›

120 mph

Is Ford Fiesta Zetec a good car? ›

“The Ford Fiesta Zetec is reasonably priced and gets alloy wheels and chrome exterior trim that make it stand out from the basic model.” We're big fans of the basic Ford Fiesta thanks to its great looks, decent levels of equipment and excellent driving characteristics – which mean it is lots of fun to drive.

Is a Zetec engine better? ›

The Zetec engines are generally reliable and solid units, as long as you follow the manufacturers service schedules, and use a good quality oil to ensure longevity. Few problems should happen as long as they are regularly serviced and maintained.

Is Zetec better than titanium? ›

The Ford Focus Titanium offers a much higher spec and more features than the Ford Focus Zetec and this is reflected in the initial purchase price. Both the Ford Focus Zetec and Ford Focus Titanium are excellent options if you're looking for a spacious hatchback with smooth performance and excellent styling.

Can you remap a Fiesta Zetec S? ›


Ford Tuning is one of our most common and popular brands of vehicle we at MWR Performance Remapping tune. We have vast experience with Ford Remapping and have perfected tuning the FORD FIESTA ZETEC S. In fact we can ECU remap the majority of Ford Turbo Engines.

Is a Ford Fiesta Zetec a sports car? ›

Most engines were carried over from the previous Fiesta, but renamed "Duratec", as the "Zetec" name was now solely used for sportier models.

Which engine is best in a Ford Fiesta? ›

As well as the spread of trims to choose from, the latest Fiesta has also been offered with a range of petrol, mild-hybrid and diesel engines. We'd recommend the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol (with or without mild-hybrid assistance - it doesn't make a huge difference).

Is the 1.0 L EcoBoost engine good? ›

It was lauded as it offered power and performance that compared to a traditional 1.6 litre petrol engine. Downsizing using an engine boasting ultra-low friction, high-efficiency and a durable design proved successful and Ford began to include this engine as an option for many more models.

Are 1.0 EcoBoost engines reliable? ›

How long will an EcoBoost engine last? As with all mainstream engines, EcoBoost engines have been designed to last. They should easily clock 80,000-100,000 miles with little need for repair, so long as the vehicle is regularly and properly serviced.

What is the difference between 1.1 and 1.0 Ford Fiesta? ›

1.1L petrol engine produces a top speed of 105 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 13.8 seconds. 1.5L diesel engine produces a top speed of 121 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 9.2 seconds. 1.0L EcoBoost engine produces a top speed of 113 mph and 0-62 mph time of 10.6 seconds.

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