2018 Ford Focus vs Ford Fiesta

May 30th, 2018 by

2018 Ford Focus vs Ford Fiesta

The 2018 Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta are two of the most popular models in their respective compact and subcompact classes. The Fiesta is smaller and more affordable than the Focus, but how do these two actually compare and is it worth spending the extra for the Focus? Let’s take a look.

Exterior Styling

You’ll find a lot of similarities between these two cars, since both are Fords. Both can look reasonably anonymous at lower trim levels, but even with base models there’s still a sharp, sporty car trying to get out if the buyer is only prepared to pay a little more.

2018 Ford Focus Exterior

Both the Focus and Fiesta have sporty ST trims. Both cars are also available in sedan and hatch body styles, so this opening skirmish is a dead-heat.

Interior Space

With two similar cars, the big difference besides price between them has to be interior space. Although the Focus is undeniably bigger, it might come as a surprise they’re actually not all that different in size. There’s only 5.6 cubic feet of additional passenger volume in the Focus in both sedan and hatch body styles, and there’s actually more leg room in the front of the Fiesta.

2018 Ford Focus Interior

In the trunk, the Focus only offers 0.4 cubic feet of additional cargo space. So, if you’ve imagined the Fiesta isn’t big enough for your needs, it might be worth a closer look.

Engines and Performance

Unlike in some foreign markets, here the Focus and Fiesta don’t share any engine options. The Fiesta’s standard powerplant is a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter inline-four, while ST models up the ante considerably with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost that delivers 197 horsepower. The horsepower under the hood of the standard Focus is 160 from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 252 horsepower in the ST, and a whopping 350 horsepower in the RS. Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available in the Focus but not in the Fiesta.

Fuel Economy

That 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is the fuel economy jewel in the crown of the Focus and helps it deliver EPA ratings as good as 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined with the six-speed manual transmission. The Fiesta with its stock 1.6 only manages 27 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined, which shows how much better it can do with that three-cylinder EcoBoost.

2018 Ford Fiesta

Verdict

Don’t go writing-off the Ford Fiesta for being too small until you check it out in the flesh, especially if you already know a 2018 Ford Focus is big enough for your needs. Size alone isn’t enough then to warrant the extra money it costs to buy the Focus over the Fiesta, but the more powerful engines in the bigger Focus probably do. Our verdict is that the Focus does justify being more expensive than the Fiesta, but not necessarily for the reasons you might assume.

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