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2016 Ford Fiesta

Minicar
2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door hatchback shown
2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door hatchback shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
P


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2014-16 models built after August 2013

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
P
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Fiesta was introduced in the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after August 2013, the standard autolock feature, which locks all doors when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph, was reprogrammed to prevent consumers from disabling this feature. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) Drivers of cars built earlier can assure the same level of protection by keeping the autolock feature enabled for cars with power door locks or locking all doors manually. The small overlap frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in the 2011 model year.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 15-19 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured 18 cm at the hinge pillar.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the head and left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 12 cm to the right. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Ford Fiesta S 4-door
Weight 2,625 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 174 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 29 mpg city / 39 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1343
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 18
Footrest (cm) 12
Left toepan (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 5
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 19
Upper dash (cm) 17
Lower instrument panel (cm) 15

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1343
Head
HIC-15 509
Peak gs at hard contact 77
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 43
Maximum Nij 0.56
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 2.7
Right 1.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.86
Right 0.57
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 5.7
Right 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 88
Right 81

Applies to 2011-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Fiesta sedan was introduced in the 2011 model year. The frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in the 2011 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan
Weight 2,598 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 174 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 29 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1006
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1006
Head
HIC-15 315
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 27
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.7
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 66
Right 64

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Ford Fiesta sedan was introduced in the 2011 model year. The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in 2011. Beginning with 2014 models, design changes were made to the seat-mounted side torso airbags for front seat occupants and to the front door structure and trim. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2014 model conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium 4-door
Weight 2,549 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 174 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 29 mpg city / 39 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1230
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1230
Head HIC-15 292
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 55
Lateral force (kN) 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 46
Average deflection (mm) 35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.07
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 5.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 34
A-P moment (Nm) 132

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1230
Head HIC-15 136
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 45
Lateral force (kN) 2.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.52
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 37
A-P moment (Nm) 212

Applies to 2011-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,603 lbs
Peak force 13,142 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.05
Tested vehicle
2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door hatchback
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 16
Distance below top of head (mm) -18
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.4
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 6
Max neck tension (N) 325

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

P
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 36
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 42
Clearance angle (degrees) 39
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes

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