2008 Ford Fiesta Reviews

2008 Ford Fiesta Zetec Climate 1.25 Duratec from UK and Ireland

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.25 Duratec Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Zafira


What a cracker!


Nothing yet. I had to replace the wipers because they were already worn out, but that was it. Of course, it's early days yet, so we'll see. But at 4 years old, the car still feels like new.

General Comments:

I was very nervous when buying this car. I wanted to downsize and get something small and economical (after a big Zafira 2.2 auto before), but I wasn't actually sure I could live with a Fiesta, especially with this tiny little engine.

Thankfully, the 1.25 engine is a joy to use. It makes a pleasant sound and revs very freely. It may not have much power, but what go it does have is easy to make use of. It'll never win any traffic light grand prix, but I don't have an issue with that. Engine and road noise is a little intrusive after 60mph, it's not a car you'd want to use on the motorway every day. But it will do it if you ask it to.

Fuel economy has been a little disappointing. After getting a creditable 47mpg on the long test drive, I'm confused to find that I'm now struggling to get around 40-45 mpg, no matter what I do. That's roughly comparable to the 1.8 Toyota Avensis I owned, a much bigger and more powerful car. Perhaps it's the colder weather causing the problem? The official 60mpg extra-urban figure seems impossible to get anywhere near. This is unusual for me, as I normally manage to get excellent fuel economy figures, thanks to my driving style and habits. I hope things improve as the weather gets better.

However, I can forgive the car's fuel economy issues as I've been really enjoying driving it. After years of very heavy MPVs and larger saloons and estates, to be back in a small, nippy car is a real joy. Ford seem masters of making cars pleasant and involving to drive, without making the suspension too firm. How they do it, I don't know.

Parking is a real treat. All the parking spaces seem huge compared to how they felt before. It's like all the lines have been painted 20% further apart just for me. Parallel parking into a street space is a doddle. Something of a sport, seeing just how small a space I can squeeze into that others have passed over. What fun!

The only real downside to this car compared to my older cars is the low rent interior. Apparently Ford improved this car over the pre-facelift version; I can't tell where or how. It's very cheap in terms of material feel and quality, and many of the major controls have barely changed since the Fiesta of the 1990s. On the plus side, equipment levels are OK. My car has heated windscreen, plus auto lights/wipers, air con and a nice feeling steering wheel. The trip computer and part digital dash is pretty good for a car of this class. It could really do with rear electric windows mind.

My one major complaint is the lack of a rear interior light or a glovebox light. What is this? 1975? Come on Ford! Have you ever tried strapping a squirming toddler into a rear facing child seat on a pitch black winter night? Not fun I can tell you.

I notice the latest Fiesta still has this issue, even the Focus, Mondeo and S-Max don't have rear courtesy lights in anything but the top spec cars. Why?

Another mark against the car is the cheap paint. A rust spot is visibly bubbling up on the boot already. This appears to be a common problem with Fords that most other manufacturers seem to have solved 15-20 years ago.

Don't get me wrong though. I like the car and I like driving it. It does well for a family runabout, and should prove reliable and cheap to own. Fingers crossed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2012

14th Feb 2012, 11:02

Had the first problem with this car - the driver's side power mirror started misbehaving - when locking the car, the mirror would keep trying to move past the closed position for a couple of seconds. This seems to be a common fault.

Anyway, I had it replaced by the supplying dealer. They were very helpful, changing it within minutes with no fuss.

I'm hoping that if the passenger side is going to go, it will happen before the warranty is up!

18th Sep 2012, 07:21

Sold the car now to buy something bigger that can pull a caravan. In the meantime, I noticed that the passenger side mirror heater was bust and the rubber gaiter around the gearstick had split. Only minor stuff really.

Overall, I was pretty happy with the car, but the fuel economy was disappointing; typically between 35-45 in normal driving.

2008 Ford Fiesta Zetec - Blue 1.25 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.25 litre Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance1124 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta


Fun little motor


Nothing to date.

General Comments:

Bought as a second car to my XR2i.

This was a bargain, due to the Credit Crunch and the arrival of the new model Fiesta I manged to pick up this 2002-2008 model for 7,500 as opposed to the 10,000 quid it was a few months ago.

For the money I get:

16" alloys, front fog-lights, rear spoiler, Sony CD player, MP3 connection, electric windows, remote locking, alarm, heated windscreen, heated mirrors, automatic folding mirrors, Bluetooth phone control (hands-free), voice control, auto light sensing headlights, auto rain sensing wipers, leather steering wheel, trip computer (average mpg, miles until empty, etc).


OK so it's a 1.25 with 75 bhp. But it's only being used to travel to work and back. It is slow to accelerate compared to my other car, but will happily cruise at 70mph and will do over that if need be.

In terms of handling it is fab with hardly any body roll. The wheels come shod in Continental 'ContiSport' tyres, which grip the road really well. Fun through the corners.

What really impresses me is the economy of the engine. Sitting at 60 mph behind a lorry I can get 65 mpg. So the lorry is breaking the wind for me, but that is still a good figure. With no lorry it is around 42.7 mpg.

A great car for day to day use. I would recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2008

17th Dec 2008, 14:55

I have to admit I sit behind trucks and get "pulled along"!! It's great, if you're not in a hurry of course.

Good luck with your new car, a friend has just got his new shape Fiesta... and is REALLY REALLY nice. Very impressed, they have done a great job with it.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews