Used Ford Fiesta Active (2018 - 2019) Review

Review by Gareth Evans on
4.5
The Ford Fiesta Active is a chunkier, outdoors-focused version of the five-door Fiesta hatchback that we know and love. It doesn’t have many direct rivals – chunkier derivatives of superminis - but cars that spring to mind include the Hyundai i20 Active, the Citroen C3 Aircross and the Vauxhall Mokka X.

Ford Fiesta Active (18-19)
  • It’s a Fiesta underneath
  • Comfy seats and quiet cabin
  • Relatively cheap to run
  • Excellent Ecoboost engines
  • Rolls more than hatchback
  • Not very capable off-road
  • Base trim lacks black roof
  • Less efficient than equivalent hatch

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£17,880 - £22,380

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£8,268 - £15,284

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Ford Fiesta Active: what is it?

The Ford Fiesta Active is a chunkier, outdoors-focused version of the five-door Fiesta hatchback that we know and love.

It doesn’t have many direct rivals – chunkier derivatives of superminis - but cars that spring to mind include the Hyundai i20 Active, the Citroen C3 Aircross and the Vauxhall Mokka X.

It sits 19mm taller than the regular car thanks to revised suspension, and as you’ll see in the Driving section that isn’t necessarily a good thing, but overall the Active has enough of the Fiesta DNA to ensure it’s just as compelling an option – compared with higher-spec trims at least.

Fiesta Active is no off-roader

Despite its off-roader styling, the Active isn’t available with four-wheel drive, but does have a Slippery drive mode should you find yourself on a road without much traction.

Ford Fiesta Active driving side profile

Inside the layout is identical to the Fiesta hatchback, but features some body-coloured accents to brighten things up.

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There’s also a pair of comfortable and supportive front seats with the same colour scheme.

Simple trim structure

There are three trim levels available:

  • Ford Fiesta Active 1
  • Ford Fiesta Active B&O Play
  • Ford Fiesta Active X

Each of these grades is fairly well equipped, but we think you should try to go for the B&O Play version for the best combination of cost and kit. At this level you get Ford’s Sync3 multimedia system, cruise control and a black roof.

Ford Fiesta Active cabin layout

All Actives also get roof rails, but only if you don’t choose to specify the optional opening glass roof.

Decent range of engines

The engines on offer are a cut-down selection from the hatchback line-up. A 1.5-litre diesel is available in two power outputs – 85hp and 120hp - while Ford’s 1.0-litre turbocharged Ecoboost petrol motor comes in four outputs ranging from 85hp to 120hp, including a 100hp version that can be ordered with an automatic gearbox.

Performance stats include 0-62mph times of between 12.7 and 9.4 seconds, while top speeds are between 106mph and 124mph.


The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict 

The Active aims to capitalise on sales of SUV-type cars by taking the Fiesta formula and lightly tweaking it with styling and suspension upgrades. It isn’t a lot more capable than the hatchback, and costs more than several versions we’d recommend, but there’s enough appeal there to make it one of the better propositions in this sector.

Ford Fiesta Active rear view

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Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.6 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.2 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.9 out of 5

Green credentials

3.9 out of 5

Buying used

0.05 out of 5

Selling

0.05 out of 5

Equipment

4.2 out of 5

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