‘You can think of the Fiesta Active as a small car that’s put on a pair of hiking boots.’
The Ford Fiesta Active is designed for those who fancy a hint of off-road ability from their compact hatchback, but it’s more expensive than the standard car as a result.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Easy to drive and very comfortable for a small car. It gets raised suspension over the standard Fiesta that makes it more comfortable around town. Unfortunately, it does slightly blunt the Fiesta’s handling but it’s still fun to drive.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE?
Everything in the Fiesta Active’s cabin is exactly where you expect to find it and the infotainment screen’s reasonably easy to use.
‘Were it not for the flashy yellow trims you can get in B&O Play models, the Active looks identical to the standard Fiesta.’
HOW PRACTICAL IS IT?
The Ford Fiesta Active comes with five doors as standard so they’re a bit easier to live with. Sadly, the boot’s still some way off what you get in roomier rivals.
The Ford Fiesta Active is a chunky looking verson of the standrad car. The raised suspension makes it look more adept at tackling the odd muddy track. You’ll probably spend more time in it on the school run or popping to the shops that traipsing across fields. It’s a decent choice to some of the alternatives.
Unlike the standard Fiesta, the Fiesta Active comes with five doors to make it easier to live with day to day. The interior isn’t quite as roomy as I would have liked but the materials there’s penty of soft touch materials to make you feel more at home.
The entry-level car gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard. The bigger 8.0-inch unit in the Active B&O and Active X models that’s easier to read on the move.
There’s lots of space to stretch out in the front, too, but room in the back is a bit more cramped. Headroom is tight and there isn’t as much space for carrying three passengers side-by-side. t’s a similar story when it comes to boot space.
If you regularly pack your car full of stuff, you’ll want to pick one of the more powerful 1.0-litre petrol models with either 125hp or 140hp. I currently own a Vignale with the 140bhp which has more than enough punch to cruise along at motorway runs. It returns decent fuel economy, too.
All models come with a slick six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
To get to know the car a bit better I teamed up with Evans Halshaw Ford Batley, Leeds. They kindly invited me down to test drive one of the cars for a few days. I really wanted to drive this car. Mainly to see whether or not this is a crossover that actually makes sense. So when this opportunity came along, I was only to happy to help.
It won’t appeal to crossover buyers who prioritise a lofty driving position. As a jacked-up, tougher version of the most convincing car in the Ford stable, it represents good value compared to a normal crossover of this size. What’s not to like?
Which my verdict right there. If you can be tempted down from a loftier driving position and need a crossover for a little extra peace of mind, the Focus Active is one you’ll want to consider.
*This post, even though it was sponsored by Evans Halshaw, Batley. It is my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed it!