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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol, diesel
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Rugged version of Ford Fiesta

Best bits

  • More rugged version of the Ford Fiesta
  • Increased ride height means it’s slightly more comfortable
  • Better to drive than a ‘proper’ crossover like the Nissan Juke

Not so great

  • It doesn’t do a great deal more than the standard Ford Fiesta
  • Lacks the high seating position of the Ford EcoSport
  • It reminds us of the old Rover Streetwise

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Overall verdict

"No one needs a Ford Fiesta Active in their life. It doesn’t really do anything the standard car doesn’t. But it’s a quirky choice and we quite like it. It’s slightly more comfortable than a normal Fiesta, and some will appreciate its rugged appearance."

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The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car and a brand in itself. Ford also sells the EcoSport, a lacklustre crossover only bought by faithful Ford fans unwilling to consider more competitive rivals.


The firm has decided it needs something in the middle - a car that crosses the venn diagram of enthusiastic Fiesta buyers and the booming crossover market. Enter the Fiesta Active, a beefed-up small hatch with an extra 18mm of ride height and some body cladding.


You can look at the pictures and decide for yourself whether you like the look of the Fiesta Active. It sits marginally higher than a standard Fiesta, while the track's also been widened by 10mm to give it a slightly more imposing stance (apparently). 


Cosmetically, there's some body cladding which Ford describes as a 'rugged body styling kit' as well as a front grille with a bespoke dark mesh design. The front fog lights also feature a slightly different design and there are silver scuff plates fitted to the front and rear.


This isn’t the first time Ford’s tried to enter the crossover market with a jacked-up Fiesta. Remember the Fusion? A car intended to appeal to young outdoors enthusiasts but actually sold (in small numbers) to a much older demographic? Fortunately, the Fiesta Active has a better grounding than the Fusion did. Not only is the latest Fiesta one of the best hatchbacks you can buy, but there’s also a bigger crossover market than there was when the Fusion was launched in 2002.


It’s still a niche model, with Ford expecting it to account for around 15% of all Fiesta sales in the UK. But once you stop asking ‘what’s the point?’, the Active is a perfectly good car. Similar to the normal Fiesta, obviously, but that’s a good thing. The increase in ride height results in a marginally improved ride quality and could prove useful should you ever feel the need to negotiate a slightly rutted farm track. Perhaps you have a canoe to launch or something.


If you're looking for the standard model, you need our Ford Fiesta (2017-) review.


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Is the Ford Fiesta Active right for you?

If the standard Ford Fiesta isn’t rugged enough for you, go for it. The Active doesn't cost a great deal more and it’s likely to impress your mates at the white water rafting centre.


What’s the best Ford Fiesta Active model/engine to choose?

We’d go for one of the 1.0 EcoBoost petrol engines. The entry-level Active 1 will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of buyers, due to its high levels of standard equipment, which include 17-inch alloy wheels, rugged body kit styling and enhanced rough road suspension. Rear parking sensors, ambient LED interior lighting and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is also included. 


What other cars are similar to the Ford Fiesta Active?

Honda has a beefed-up version of the Jazz called the Jazz Crosstar. Toyota also has the Yaris Cross, while Hyundai briefly experimented with the i20 Active. You could also compare the Fiesta Active to small crossovers like the Suzuki Vitara, Volkswagen T-Cross and Nissan Juke.

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