When our friends in the Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump areas come in to see us at Richmond Ford West, and they're on the lookout for their next sedan or hatchback, we always point them in the direction of the Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta. Both of these vehicles come highly rated from drivers, but if you're stuck considering the Ford Focus vs Fiesta, we'll be happy to give you a few details so you can make the decision. 

We're going to compare both of these vehicles based on a variety of factors. We'll focus on power and efficiency, space and comfort, and entertainment and technology. By reading about how the Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta differ, you'll be able to figure out which vehicle is right for you.

2017 Ford Focus vs. 2017 Ford Fiesta Power & Efficiency

Both the Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta come in two distinctive body styles: a sedan and a hatchback. Of course, each vehicle features a wildly different engine. However, each vehicle has its own advantages.

  • The Ford Focus features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, and the Ford Fiesta features a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine.
  • The Ford Focus takes the lead in power with 160 horsepower (vs. 120 horsepower), while the Ford Fiesta gets a higher fuel efficiency at an EPA-estimated 27/35 city/highway MPG (vs. 25/34 city/highway MPG).
  • Each engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Focus vs. Fiesta Space & Comfort

Because the Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta each offer two distinctive body styles, there are different degrees of space. However, the difference in space is only affected when it comes to the cargo area, as there's not much difference in the passenger space with the sedan and hatchback body styles. Oddly enough, this is another category where each vehicle has their advantages.

  • The Ford Focus features 90 cubic feet of space, while the Ford Fiesta features 85.1 cubic feet in its cabin.
  • Front passengers get 38.3 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom in the Ford Focus and 39.1 inches of headroom and 43.6 inches of legroom in the Ford Fiesta.
  • The Ford Focus takes the lead with cargo with a sedan trunk of 13.2 cubic feet and a hatchback cargo area of 23.3 cubic feet vs. the 12.8-cubic-foot trunk and the 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the Ford Fiesta Sedan and Hatchback.

Entertainment & Technology

When it comes to choosing the right vehicle, you want to be sure that the one you pick has enough entertainment features to make the boring commutes a little more fun. Each vehicle offers very similar features, but there are a few differences that you should be aware of. 

  • Each vehicle features an AM/FM radio and a CD/MP3 player.
  • The Ford Fiesta features six speakers, while the Ford Focus features a 4-speaker system.
  • The Ford Focus features two smart charging USB ports.

Making Your Choice

Determining the winner of the Ford Focus vs Ford Fiesta isn't always the easiest. However, if you're considering these vehicles, and you can't decide, why not see them for yourself? Stop by our dealership and say hi while taking a test drive with one of these vehicles.

At Richmond Ford West, we're always happy to help our friends in the Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump areas choose the vehicle that's right for them. Contact us online today!

Want to learn more about the 2017 Ford Focus? Get your full review here.


Richmond Ford West

10751 West Broad Street
Directions Glen Allen, VA 23060

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