Top Safety Pick

2014 Ford Fiesta

minicar / 4-door sedan

2014 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan
2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models built after August 2013

Tested vehicle: 2014 Ford Fiesta S 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, the driver's seat pitched forward and tipped outward, and the head hit the instrument panel.

Door hinge pillar and instrument panel intrusion contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low. Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's knees and shins contacted the knee airbag.

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,605 lbs
Peak force 14,122 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.42

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-15 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry