I happen to own a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback also with a 1.6 ltr 4 cyl engine (minus GDI) and a 6 speed (dual-clutch) Automatic Transmission. Sure the Kia Rio has more H.P. said:Hi. You stole my lines!!! My brother-in-law drives a Fiesta 2011. Can't say I love his car but I love is FE. As you say, 35-43 MPG from day one. Knowing what I know now, I would have gone for my very first choice: Elantra. Bigger, almost same price, more powerful engine and same FE if not better. Fortunately, everything else works like a charm in the little car and it's fully equipped. After all, maybe it's a trade-off.