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Car Wars Wednesdays: Ford Focus v Ford Fiesta

September 16, 2015

Car Wars Wednesdays is back, and in the spotlight this week we have the Ford Focus v Ford Fiesta. We’re getting up close and personal with these American automobiles to see which will win out in our design, performance, features and price categories. If you’re a Ford fan but need some help with financing, then our flexible car finance options have got you covered.

As one of the UK’s most popular car buys, these two are going to be tough competitors and we can’t wait to see who will scoop the top spot. So let’s take a look at what they have to offer, in the battle of Ford Focus v Ford Fiesta.

Ford Focus

Original image by Yahya S.


Understandably, there are similarities between these two cars when it comes to design. The most obvious difference is the size, with the Ford Focus being slightly bigger – but both cars have undergone a makeover and feature a stylish large chrome grille that give them a classy look.

Inside, the Fiesta features a modern dash and surprisingly generous boot space. With 276 litres of capacity, the supermini boasts plenty of luggage space.

The Focus’ boot space is unsurprisingly larger, at 316 litres – and the interior offers more legroom for passengers in the back. Despite its dinkier dimensions, the Fiesta can still comfortably fit four adults and is well kitted out – so for a value for money ride, the Fiesta scoops this round.

Performance & Handling

As with the design, the Focus and Fiesta share many of the same engines – including the 99bhp and 123bhp 1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engines. Both of these perform better in the Fiesta, thanks to its lightweight design and can return 65.7mpg – compared to the Focus’ 61.4mpg.

Although the petrol performance in the Focus isn’t as impressive as the Fiesta, if you opt for the 113bhp 1.6 litre diesel engine, it offers plenty of speed and value for money. It handles well, but excels on the open road for comfort and drivability – with better noise insulation, too.

It’s a tough one to call here, as both cars have their advantages – but if you want a nippy city run-around that comes with attractive purchase and running costs, then Fiesta wins again.


Both the Focus and the Fiesta have a vast selection of trim levels that offer different kit depending on which car you go for. The more basic Fiesta Studio and Style models should be avoided if you want air conditioning and remote central locking as standard. The top spec Titanium ECOnetic comes packed with Ford’s Auto Start-Stop, electrically folding mirrors and a Sony DAB audio system.

The Focus’ trims are similar, but the entry level Focus Studio comes kitted with alloy wheels, remote central locking, Hill Start Assist. If you shell out for the top of the range ST-3, you’ll get an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors and Ford’s KeyFree system – making the Focus the outright winner in this round.


Given that it’s the smaller car, naturally the Fiesta comes in lower on starting price at £10,145, compared to the Focus’ £13,995. So, if you’re looking to keep costs low, it’s no contest! Another round to the Fiesta.

Ford Fiesta

Original image by M 93

The Verdict: With 3 out of 4 rounds being secured by the Fiesta, the reliable run-around takes first prize in today’s Car Wars.

Whether you were backing the Focus or the Fiesta had your vote, if you fancy getting your hands on either one, check out our Ford Finance options today. You can apply now or head over to our online car finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.