Ford Fiesta Van (2009 – 2013) Review

Ford Fiesta Van (2009 – 2013) At A Glance


+Drives and handles well, car derived so not restricted to 50mph in a 60mph zone, economical TDCi engines.

-1.25-litre petrol engine struggles at higher speeds.

Taking the Fiesta - a car renowned for its sharp handling and impressive refinement - and creating a van version was an obvious move for Ford. It's proved a popular choice for small businesses based in busy towns and cities and is a van well-liked by those who spend all day behind the wheel.

There are three versions - the standard Fiesta Van, the Fiesta Van Trend and the top Fiesta SportVan. The Trend is the one to go for as it's designed for image-conscious businesses like florists or for firms who may be transporting compact equipment such as meter reading tools and don't need a large capacity for tools.

Surprisingly there's a petrol engine available - a 1.25 Duratec with 82PS which is okay for town but most people will go for a TDCi diesel. There's a 1.4 TDCi with 68PS or the top of the range 1.6 TDCi with 90PS which is standard in the Fiesta SportVan.

As this is a car derived van it's not subject to LCV speed limited. The payload ranges from 490kg to 515kg and there's a load box area of 1,000 cubic litres, with a maximum useable load length of 1,296mm, as well as a maximum load box width of 1,278mm (1,000mm between wheel arches) and a height of up to 806mm. A half-height composite bulkhead and DIN-compliant tie-down hooks are standard.

As well as offering nimble handling and superb steering feel, the Fiesta van is ideal for buzzing through town traffic with minimal fuss. It also rides well over bumps and leaves you feeling relaxed at the end of a long day at the wheel. Inside, the Fiesta is also just as appealing thanks to its stylish dash that mixes form and function with ease. Comfy seats and a near perfect driving position complete the charm offensive.

Ask Honest John

Am I paying too much road tax for my 2009 Ford Fiesta van?

"I've had a Ford Fiesta base van (1.4-litre TDCi) since 2017, but my road tax seems quite hefty? I annually pay around £265 to £270. Am I paying too much?"
The road tax classification will depend on the age of the van and the Euro emission rating of the engine. If it's Euro5 it will be £140 a year. If it's Euro4 then you'll pay £170. The Euro rating should be listed on the V5C logbook. For more information on van road tax, see:
Answered by Dan Powell

Why is the road tax for my Ford Fiesta van £240 per year?

"Why is VED on my 2012 Ford Fiesta van 1.4 TDCi £240 per year?"
Commercial vehicle VED is based on a mixture of age and EU emissions ranking. This means that all light goods vehicles that were registered on or after 1 March 2001 and have a maximum vehicle weight not exceeding 3500kg pay £240 for 12 month’s tax, rising to £250 from 2018/19. There are variations to this, so a van that meets Euro4 emissions standards and is registered between 1 March 2003 and 31 December 2006 but still doesn’t break the 3500kg gross vehicle limit pays a reduced rate of £140 for 12 months. For more information on van tax, see:
Answered by Dan Powell
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