Ford Fiesta safety ratings

Feb 2009 - Current (front, side, head & knee airbags)

About this test

The 1.25 litre left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

5 door hatch LHD
1.25 litres
Kerb weight:
1063 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal, Side, Head & Knee Airbags
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ANCAP safety

Good score:  34.44 out of 37

5 stars. The Fiesta scored 14.90 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver. The vehicle scored 15.55 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious abdomen injury for the driver. A further two points were scored in the optional pole test.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.51 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 3.39 pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The accelerator pedal moved forwards by 3mm. The clutch pedal moved downwards 41mm. The steering wheel hub moved 65mm forward and 29mm downward. The front ("A") pillar moved 4 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened with normal effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. The knee airbag protected the driver's knees and legs. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 3.55 pts, pelvis 4 pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. In most areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet was rated as fair. However, protection was predominantly poor in those areas around the base of the windscreen likely to be struck by an adult's head. Child head impacts 8.37 Adult head impacts 4 Upper leg impacts 2.02 Lower leg impacts 6 Total (out of 36) 20.39