Ford Fiesta dimensions and boot space

Here’s the lowdown on the length, boot space and other key dimensions of the Ford Fiesta

Simon Ostler
Jun 14, 2021

The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars currently on sale in the UK. It's clear to see where this popularity comes from, as it offers just about the best all round performance at an affordable price.

Its main rivals come in the form of the similarly well-received Vauxhall Corsa, the Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo, Renault ClioSeat Ibiza, Peugeot 208 and Hyundai i20. All of which are similar in terms of size and are available at around the same price point.

But the Fiesta tends to stand out from the crowd because it's one of the best - if not the best - in practically every way. The turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engines offer plenty of excitement from behind the wheel, as does the nimble handling around corners. Then there's the quality of the interior, which is as good as anything else at this price.

Add to that the fact the Fiesta has enough space inside to make it very usable as a family car and it's difficult to see why you'd ever need anything else. Of course, it is a relatively small car if you were to compare it to an Audi A3 or Mercedes A-Class, and alternatives such as the VW Polo offer more in terms of boot space, but if you don't have a huge amount of money to spend on a car, the Fiesta is likely to be your best bet.

2008-2017 FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE
2017-PRESENT FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

The above is true no matter which version of the Fiesta you go for. The previous-generation version that was on sale from 2008-2017 was equally as impressive as the model that replaced it, and used versions of both are readily available on BuyaCar.

In terms of dimensions, the latest version of the Fiesta is longer and wider than its predecessor, but slightly shorter in height. So expect to have slightly more space in the boot, but a bit more of a squeeze for your neck if you or your passengers are of a taller build. This newer Fiesta is also close to 100kg heavier than the old one, so anyone with an astute feel from behind the wheel may feel what is a pretty negligible effect on driving performance.

Ford Fiesta dimensions

Like most cars on sale these days, the Ford Fiesta has tended to grow with each new iteration. In fact, the current Fiesta is now exactly the same width as a Volkswagen Golf from 20 years ago. But it is still shorter in length and narrower than the Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 208.

Cars generally are getting bigger, so that means that even the models that are supposed to be considered 'small' are becoming perfectly usable as family cars. In five-door form, the Fiesta is one such model that is capable of carrying four adults easily, while a family of five would be comfortable with three small-ish children. The three-door version offers all of the same space inside, but it's more difficult for taller passengers to climb into the back, and installing child seats can be a pain.

The only direction the newer Fiesta has shrunk compared to the older model is in height - that 19mm reduction will be noticeable for taller drivers and passengers, but it is still taller than the likes of the Corsa, Polo and 208. 

Ford Fiesta dimensions2008-20172017-present
Length3,969mm (Zetec S / ST: 3,982mm) 4,040mm
Width1,709mm (5-door: 1,722mm)1,735mm
Height1,495mm1,476mm
Wheelbase2,489mm2,493mm

Ford Fiesta boot space

While the Fiesta has grown, all of that additional space that's been created has been allocated to the cabin - the boot itself has expanded by just two litres. While the 292-litre boot on offer in the newer version is fine for a weekly shop or a couple of school bags, if you're looking for space for a pushchair you might start to run into some problems.

This is where the Fiesta loses out to most of its main rivals. The boot space is less than that in the Vauxhall Corsa (309 litres), Volkswagen Polo (351 litres), Renault Clio (391 litres), Peugeot 208 (311 litres) and Hyundai i20 (352 litres). Generally speaking, if boot space is your main priority, that is one of the very few reasons why you would overlook the Fiesta.

That boot space does of course increase if you fold the rear seats down, and that additional space will come in very useful here, as the Fiesta does offer more luggage space in this way than many of the alternatives we just mentioned.

Ford Fiesta boot space2008-20172017-present
Seats up290 litres292 litres
Seats down974 litres1,093 litres

Ford Fiesta towing capacity

It might seem unlikely, but the Fiesta can tow a small trailer legally. The car's small size will limit the amount that you can carry, and the journey would be more comfortable in a larger vehicle, but it's good to know the option is there in those moments of need.

In terms of capability, the Fiesta competes well with its nearest rivals. The 1,000kg braked capacity is available with more powerful 200hp petrol engines as well as mild hybrid models and stacks up well against the likes of the Vauxhall Corsa (500-1,200kg), Volkswagen Polo (1,000-1,100kg), Renault Clio (900kg), Peugeot 208 (500-1,200kg) and Hyundai i20 (1,110kg).

Ford Fiesta max towing capacity2008-20172017-present
Unbraked500-565kg 
Braked500-900kg750-1,000kg

Ford Fiesta weight

A car’s kerb weight is designed to give an indication of how heavy it will be in real-world use, so it includes the weight of an almost full fuel tank, as well as 75kg representing a driver and some luggage.

Lighter cars tend to be more efficient when it comes to fuel usage, and are also more nimble when driving along twisty roads at speed. The latest version of the Fiesta stands at between 1,136-1,284kg depending on the version, which is heavier than the Corsa (980-1,090kg), similar to the Polo (1,105-1,202kg) but much lighter than the Clio, 1,148-1,323kg).

Ford Fiesta2008-20172017-present
Kerbweight1,044-1,163kg1,136-1,284kg

 

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