2003 Ford Fiesta Black 1.4 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


A great value for money head turner!


Some minor things wrong with the car when it was collected from the dealer, now rectified.

General Comments:

I collected my Fiesta Black one week ago, and so far am very impressed with it! Other than a few minor faults on the car when I went to collect it, all of which have now been rectified by the dealer, the car is brilliant! The main problem on collection was that all four of the alloy wheels had been damaged by somebody removing the center "caps" with the ford badge on with a screwdriver!

Having looked at all similar cars in the price range nothing could beat the Black in terms of sheer amount of top-spec kit: leather seats, air con, RDS CD/Radio, heated windscreen & mirrors, electric windows & mirrors, alloys, metallic paint, alarm, deadlocks, remote locking, foglights, etc - all for a touch over £10000! The car feels very well engineered and built, the feel of the interior is at least on par with the VW polo which I also looked at.

Performance - the car is fantastic, the 1.4 16v petrol engine pulls really well, especially in the first 4 gears where the torque distribution is perfect for town and city driving - very quick getaways at traffic lights/roundabouts! The car is perfectly adequate for motorway driving, but in fifth gear inclines will sometimes require a lot of revs or a change down to fourth to keep the speed up.

Dealer - dealer reliability and attitude is something which I value very much having previously having real problems with a Renault dealer over my girlfriends 2002 Clio, and the ford dealer could not do enough to please us - very good levels of customer service.

Styling - yes, it looks like a "little" focus... or does it?! While I would agree that it has resemblances to the focus, especially at the back end, this car is deceptivly large - to a point where there is really very little difference between the two models, this is a much bigger car than the Fiestas gone by. All I would reccommend is that anyone who buys a new shape Fiesta is to make sure you have the front fog lights, they make a big difference to the overall asthetic of the car from the front. The chrome grille on the Black looks really cool as well, and really makes the car "stand out from the crowd".

Handling/Control - it is here that the influence of the focus is even more evident than the styling! The car handles brilliantly for such a small car, very precise steering with loads of feedback though the wheel - you know exactly what the wheels are doing as soon as they are doing it, it inspires a lot of confidence in the driver and makes you feel like you are 100% in control of the vehicle at all times. The brakes are sharp and responsive as well, and have handled the car very well in some extremely wed/mucky road conditions since I got the car. The gear box is very smooth, and the raised position not only looks good, but feels very natural to the driver.

Comfort: The seats are great, with height adjustment on the drivers seat - which makes a big difference to us 6 footers! The car will happily seat four adults without rear passengers feeling cramped, and the boot - while not huge is a very good shape for fitting boxes and suitcases into without wasting any room. The suspension settins are spot on as well, the ride is sporty and firm, but not to the extent where the ride quality is reduced and long journeys are still a joy.

Image: Yes, its just a Fiesta. True, but with the black metallic paint, chrome grill, smart alloys and black leather trim the Black looks great - very classy for such a small car. The "individual" aspect is nice as well, because you do not see that many "Black" models on the roads.

Criticisms: To be honest I have not had the car long enough to see if there are going to be any things which really bug me long term, but nothing initially jumps out. The only thing I do not understand is why Ford choose not to include ABS braking as standard accross the range, like many other manufacturers are doing with their superminis, it must lose them a number of sales if people are looking to do a lot of miles in their car, but as I am not then I decided that it is somthing which I could live without.

Overall verdict: Brill! I would definitly recommend this car to anyone who wants big car luxury in a smaller package and at a reasonable price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2003

15th Mar 2004, 10:56

Just a small comment, as far as I was aware ABS is standard across all the Fiesta range, and certainly on a 'Black' model.

26th Apr 2004, 03:14

I just bought a new Fiesta Zetec three door there a few months ago as I had wanted a black and they did not have any more, do not be afraid to go on about this car, its excellent, and 20 times better than my recent Peugeot 206.

2003 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Engineered to Breakdown. Designed for not living


Wing mirror controls both broke

Front pocket kept falling open

Computer module fault causing car to break down in the middle of the road.

Car's not starting first time and the engines constantly flooding.

General Comments:

I bought this car brand new and this car has been nothing, but trouble since I received it over a month ago.

I have spent most of my time in courtsey cars.

I really wanted this car to be fun and reliable but it has been neither for me.

Personally I would not recommed this car to anyone

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

26th Jul 2004, 06:36

At least you got a courtesy car, mine has been in for a total of a month, and as I am only 23 I was not eligible to have one, only if I provided my own insurance on a Fusion thing the offered.

I love the car, but the problems are just damn annoying.

2003 Ford Fiesta LX 1.4 Durashift from UK and Ireland


A great all rounder with excellent performance


No faults to date.

General Comments:

The main reason I purchased a ford fiesta is because of my previous experience with them.

The car is a great improvement over the older version.

The car looks fantastic in panther black, however is very hard to keep clean as it shows up dust like a spot light.

The car is a semi automatic which allows me to use automatic transmission when I feel lazy and allows me to switch to manual when I am feeling sportier. The gears are very smooth when changing however they are a little slow.

The comfort is the best I have known of any car I have driven with plenty of room in the back.

The 1.4 engine is very nippy indeed however there is a lot of road noise as you reach 70mph (which you will reach very quickly).

The only downside when I purchased the car was that I was not impressed with the cheap looking, plastic wheel trims that were supplied with the LX. I did however replace these with alloy trims that you can purchase from Halfords for about £50. It was a great improvement as the car now looks very sporty indeed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

18th Oct 2005, 14:30

Car OK, avoid semi automatic called "Durashift" - Gear change slow can be dangerous.