2019 Ford Fiesta

minicar / 4-door sedan

2019 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

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

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.

Technical measurements for this test

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

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant 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

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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.

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle:2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium 4-door

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
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

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

How the side crash test is conducted

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

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
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

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation
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
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 56
Clearance angle (degrees) 45
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 50
Clearance angle (degrees) 34
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) 51
Clearance angle (degrees) 39
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 56
Clearance angle (degrees) 37
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated