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Ford Fiesta updated with new styling and next-gen tech

Ford has given its Fiesta supermini a midlife makeover, introducing a bolder new design along with new technologies and a more distinct line-up.

The 2022 Ford Fiesta

Available to order now priced from £16,620, the updated Fiesta starts deliveries early 2022 and introduces Ford’s new family face, using a reshaped bonnet and a larger grille that now houses the Ford badge.

To differentiate the line-up further, each model – from Trend and Titanium to ST-Line and the SUV-inspired Active variant – will bring its own bespoke styling. There’s no Vignale version now but luxury Vignale-branded packs can now be specified for the Titanium, ST‑Line and Active specs.

Latest equipment sees LED headlights introduced to all Fiesta variants, while Matrix LED technology is available and offers glare-free high beam functionality. It can also adapt headlight beam patterns for better visibility in challenging conditions.

Cabin updates bring a 12.3-inch digital instrument display that enables drivers to personalise and prioritise information displays including navigation notifications. Displays change to correspond with selected Drive Modes, and there’s a separate area for high-priority information such as driver assistance technologies.

The 2022 Fiesta also debuts a new Wrong Way Alert driver assistance feature, which uses a windscreen-mounted camera working in tandem with the car’s navigation system to provide drivers with an audible and visual warning should they drive through ‘No Entry’ signs on a motorway ramp. It joins other driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition, along with Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking, Lane-Keeping Aid  and Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking.

New Fiesta models equipped with SYNC 3 also now feature a rear occupant alert system, designed to help drivers avoid leaving children or pets in their vehicle by reminding them to check the back seats when the rear doors have been opened at the start of a journey.

Engine line-up is carried over from the previous Fiesta and includes the 48V EcoBoost Hybrid mild hybrid introduced last year. It’s available with 125hp and 155hp power outputs, combined with a six-speed manual transmission and brings WLTP-rated fuel efficiency from 48mpg and CO2 emissions from 111g/km – a 5% improvement compared with the previous non-hybrid 125hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The 125hp version is also available with Ford’s seven-speed Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission, with fuel efficiency from 45.2mpg and 117g/km CO2 WLTP.

The engine line-up also includes Ford’s non-mild hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with 100hp, delivering from 45.2mpg and 118g/km CO2 WLTP.

All models come with selectable Normal, Sport and Eco Drive Modes that enable drivers to adjust throttle response, ESC, traction control, plus gearshift timings for automatic models. Fiesta Active also has Trail and Slippery modes.

Ford has also revealed the Fiesta ST hot hatchback, developed by Ford Performance and equipped with Matrix LED headlights, Performance Seats, a new Chrystaline Grey front grille and Mean Green exterior paint option.

It features a 200hp 1.5‑litre EcoBoost engine, bringing peak torque of 320Nm from 1,600rpm to 4,000rpm and delivering 0-62mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.

In addition to the Normal and Sport Drive Modes, the new Fiesta ST also features a Track mode in place of new Fiesta’s Eco mode, which disables traction control and sets ESC to wide-slip mode for circuit driving.

“Moving with the times to set new standards for fun-to-drive, technology and efficiency has been a huge part of Fiesta’s enduring success,” said Roelant de Waard, general manager, Passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “The new Fiesta is another big leap forward for the small car segment, and offers a model to suit every lifestyle.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.