Make / Model Search

Car reviews - Ford - Fiesta - Sport 1.0 EcoBoost

Our Opinion

We like
Great engine with broad torque band and outstanding fuel economy, fun to drive with good handling and performance, stylish looks
Room for improvement
No satellite navigation, busy media system controls, small display screen, no centre armrest


Click to see larger images

14 Nov 2014

Price and Equipment

THE Fiesta Sport sits near the top of the Fiesta line-up – save for the ST performance hatch – and it is priced from $20,525, plus on-road costs in five-speed manual form and $22,525 for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, sports-tuned suspension, front fog-lights, halogen projector headlights, leather-appointed sports seats, Bluetooth and Ford’s SYNC connectivity system, Sony audio system with eight speakers and four-inch display screen, air-conditioning, ambient lighting, front door scuff plates, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear spoiler.

The Sports Executive Pack can be optioned for $1000. This brings climate control, rear-parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, perimeter alarm, Ford smart key and ignition button.

Satellite navigation, however, is a glaring omission in the features list.

At this end of the light-car segment you could get into a top-spec Kia Rio SLi ($19,990), a mid-spec Honda Jazz ($19,790), a 1.2-litre Renault Clio Expression ($20,290), Volkswagen’s Polo 77TSI ($19,240) or Holden’s Barina RS warm-hatch ($20,990), but none of them have that sweet 1.0-litre triple.

But more on that later…Interior

Ford has done well to bring high quality and stylish interiors to its most affordable line-up on the market and the extra touches which are added to the Sport’s cabin give it a premium and sporty feel.

The dashboard wraps around its front occupants, its sculptured design flowing through into the doors. Red ambient down-lighting floods the footwell, while those bolstered seats with leather inserts don’t just look good, they’re comfortable and supportive, too.

The sporty seating is carried into back, although it’s here that leg and headroom becomes limited. This writer is fairly tall at 188cm and can’t sit behind his own driving position. Not that he’d expect to – this is a light car.

What is pleasing is that the size of the aperture of the rear doors is large enough to allow easy entry and exit.

The Sony media system is well-integrated into the centre console and has a stylish piano black gloss casing. The overly busy layout of the controls for the media system, however, does take getting used to and the display screen seems too small and hidden away in the dashboard.

In contrast the instrument cluster is clear and simple with the tacho, speedo and fuel needles backlit in bright blue.

Storage is good throughout the cabin with door pockets, cup holders and cargo nets attached to the centre console. What’s missing though is a centre storage bin with armrest.

Engine and transmission

The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine under the Sport’s bonnet isn’t just good, it’s the best in the world, with judges crowning it the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year Awards in 2012, 13 and 14.

Ford’s diminutive powerplant has fought off great engines from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen to win the award and when you drive the Sport you can see why.

At only 999cc in capacity, the engine produces 92kW and 170Nm. That’s 10kW more power and 50Nm more torque than the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine in the Ambiente and Trend variants.

Those are big numbers for a small engine, but what’s just as impressive is the way delivers. The torque comes on from 1400rpm and stays with you until 4500rpm. A torque band like that means you have good acceleration almost always.

Combine this performance with the engine’s combined average fuel in-take of just 4.9 litres of 95RON per 100km in the six-speed manual and 5.3L/100km in the six-speed dual clutch and it’s clear why this engine is so unbeatable.

We managed 6.6L/100km over a week of driving in varied conditions.

Ride and handling

While the Sport doesn’t have the same excellent handling abilities as the hardcore ST, it is more dynamically capable than the Ambiente and Trend.

Sports tuned suspension reduces body roll in cornering while the 195/50 R16 Continentals on our test car provided good grip.

While the handling is good, the ride feels firm over poor surfaces, but the suspension works well to cushion the car in large dips and undulations.

We tested the six-speed manual transmission version of the Sport and thoroughly enjoyed the quick, smooth and fun shifting combined with an easy clutch action.

Safety and servicing

The Fiesta Sport has a five-star ANCAP crash test rating. It features seven airbags (all in the front), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Dynamic Stability Control with Emergency Brake Assist and Traction Control.

Another great safety feature comes in the form of Ford’s SYNC Connectivity system which when paired with a mobile phone will read text messages out –important on a car like this which is likely to be driven by younger people.

Ford’s SYNC Emergency Assistance system is standard in the Fiesta ST, but it would be great to see it offered as an option across the entire range. The system calls 000 if airbags are deployed in an accident, gives your GPS location and opens a phone line to emergency services.

The Fiesta Sport has a three-year/100,000km warranty and is covered under Ford’s seven-year 135,000km capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance for a year with every service.


The Fiesta Sport has a world-beating engine, good dynamics, outstanding fuel economy all wrapped up in a safe, well-designed and stylish package.

It’s a good-looking car and the facelift which brought the Aston Martin-style grille and sleeker headlights has made it even more visually appealing.

The Sport is comfortable and fun to drive, plus you’re getting great value for money.

Hopefully Australian small hatch buyers will discover with the Brits have known for a while now. The Fiesta Sport is a very good thing.


Holden’s Barina RS from $21,390 excluding on-road costs
It’s a good Barina, but frankly it doesn’t stand a chance against the Fiesta Sport in terms of ride and handling or design and quality.

Volkswagen Polo 77TSI from $19,240 excluding on-roads
A more competitive challenger for the Sport comes in the form of Volkswagen’s Polo 77TSI. It’s a close one - but the Sport has more power and a wider torque band than the Polo, while returning better fuel economy.


MAKE/MODEL: Ford Fiesta Sport
ENGINE: 999cc petrol turbo three cylinder
POWER: [email protected]
TORQUE: [email protected]
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
0-100km: N/A
FUEL: 4.9L/100km CO2: 113g/km
L/W/H/W’BASE: 3969/1978/1495/2489mm
WEIGHT: 1131kg
SUSPENSION f/r: MacPherson Strut/twist beam (sports tuned)
STEERING: Electric power-assisted steering
PRICE: From $20,525 plus on-roads

The Road to Recovery podcast series

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

GoAuto can help you buy a new Fiesta

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Fiesta pricing

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here