Ford Fiesta is a good, practical and comfortable small hatchback. Though it has become aged now but still in lead of its class with great driving experience and economical engines along with some advanced features such as Clever My Key technology and Torque vectoring Braking systems. It offers good handling and smooth in high speed.
There are competent rivals with some extra new features, practicalities and technologies such as Hyundai i20, KIA Rio, Mazda 2, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Suzuki Swift, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo but the importance of this aged small hatchback is still there in the market.
The interior of this small hatchback is like any of big hatchback car, means all necessary equipments and arrangements are there but due to lack of space, size of all controls and equipments has been shortened by the manufacturer. Interior is just reasonable with no exceptional thing in it. The standard of material is also at margin.
All features are well knitted and in a good geometrical shape and offers a good and complete sense but material used is not like that we find in its rivals like Skoda Fabia and Mazda 2. Seating arrangement is good though not practical as it looks like. The dashboard is fitted with good and practical options though small in their size. Five-inch screen is optional for its Titanium trim level and 4.2 inches screen is fitted as standard.
Plastic used in its interior is of cheap standard. Climate control, cruise control, DAB radio system, heated seats, keyless entry, reversing camera and leather steering wheel is fitted in this small hatchback. The best thing in its interior is all controls are in good access and easy to use with good clarity of labels.
Ford Fiesta has a long chain of engines in which there are some good EcoBoost petrol and fuel efficient diesel engines. Ford Fiesta has plenty of trim levels with different power trains, that offer a good driving experience and quite efficient in fuel consumption at the same time. EcoBoost 1.0-Litre engine is graded as the best among the huge engines range.
Diesel engines for Ford Fiesta consist of 1.4-Litre, 1.5-Litre and 1.6-Litre. There are different versions available in all these units. Now we discuss them separately and in detail.
The diesel engines start with 1.4-Litre TDCi unit. It is capable of 67bhp and 118lb/ft torque. It is available in three and five-door models with minimum difference in output. It takes 14.4 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 101m/h. It is a four-cylinder and eight-valve engine with effective fuel average of 67m/g and 110g/km of Co2 emissions.
It is fitted with five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive system as standard. The second version in 1.4-Litre TDCi diesel unit is of 70bhp with 118lb/ft torque. With same top speed and sprint time it is equally good in performance. Its fuel average is better than the previous version with 70m/g and emissions are just 104g/km. This version is also available in three and five-door models.
After 1.4-Litre diesel engine, Ford has used 1.5-Litre diesel engine in its Fiesta that is also available in two different outputs. There is 73bhp version with 140lb/ft torque. It takes 13.1 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 104m/h. The fuel consumption is impressive with 78m/g of fuel average and Co2 emissions are just 94g/km.
The second version of this 1.5-Litre diesel engine is of 93bhp and 159lb/ft torque. Its top speed is 111m/h with 11.5 seconds 0-62m/h sprint time. The fuel average is unbelievable with 88m/g and Co2 emissions are 82g/km. These two versions are available in three and five-door models. It is the fastest and the most efficient diesel version in the whole diesel engines range of Ford Fiesta.
There is a 1.6-Litre TDCi diesel engine that is also capable of 93bhp as we have in 1.5-Litre but with less torque force. It is of 147lb/ft torque. It is the second efficient engine with 12.5 seconds time frame for 0-62m/h sprint along with 111m/h top speed. Fuel consumption is remarkable with 85m/g with 85g/km of Co2 emissions. This engine is available in five-door models only.
Petrol engines range starts with 1.0-Litre EcoBoost unit which is available in different versions. There is a 78bhp and 77lb/ft torque version that is considered as an entry level engine. It takes 14.4 seconds to reach from 0-62m/h with top speed of 103m/h. Fuel average of this three-cylinder and twelve-valve engine is 65m/g with 99g/km of Co2 emissions.
The second version in this 1.0-Litre engine is of 98bhp and 125lb/ft torque. Its power is impressive. It takes 10.8 seconds to cover 0-62m/h with top speed of 112m/h. Fuel average is 65m/g with 99g/km of Co2 emissions. This 1.0-Litre petrol unit is the most favorite choice of the Fiesta lovers due to its performance. There is a 123bhp and 147lb/ft torque version in this 1.0-Litre petrol unit, performance is impressive one with 9.1 seconds 0-62m/h sprint time and 122m/h top speed.
Fuel average is also good with 65m/g with 99g/km of Co2 emissions. The most efficient and performing version of this 1.0-Litre engine is 138bhp and 155lb/ft torque. It takes 8.7 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 125m/h. Fuel average of this version is also good with 62m/g and Co2 emissions are 104g/km. It is available in three-door models only.
After 1.0-Litre performing unit there is a 1.25-Litre petrol unit that is capable of 80bhp and 84lb/ft torque. It takes 12.9 seconds to reach from 0-62m/h with top speed of 104m/h. It is a four-cylinder and sixteen-valve engine with 54m/g of fuel average and 122g/km of Co2 emissions.
The second version is less impressive in performance that is capable of just 59bhp and 80lb/ft torque. It takes 16.4 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 94m/h. Its fuel average is 54m/g with 122g/km of Co2 emissions. This tiny version is available in three-door models only.
There is a big variety available in engines of Ford Fiesta. The 1.4-Litre petrol engine with 94bhp and 92lb/ft torque is available in the market. It is available in three and five-door models. It takes 11.8 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 109m/h. Fuel average is 50 m/g with 130g/km of Co2 emissions. This version is available with five-speed manual gearbox and four-speed automatic gearbox along with front-wheel drive system.
1.6-Litre engine is available in 103bhp, 118bhp, 132bhp, 179bhp and 197bhp versions. Its 103bhp along with 111lb/ft torque is capable to take this small and stylish Fiesta up to 114m/h top speed with 10.2 seconds for 0-62m/h sprint. This version is available with six-speed automatic gear transmission, so fuel consumption is little bit high than the manual fitted gearbox.
Its fuel average is 47m/g with 138g/km of Co2 emissions. The second version of this 1.6-Litre range is of 118bhp and 112lb/ft torque. It is fitted with five-speed manual gearbox. It takes 9.6 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 120m/h. Fuel average is 48m/g with 132g/km of Co2 emissions. Third version is of 132bhp and 118lb/ft torque.
It takes 8.4 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 121m/h. Fuel average is 47m/g with 139g/km of Co2 emissions. Now let’s talk about some speed. The 179bhp and 177lb/ft torque version of this 1.6-Litre petrol engine is fast enough to take this vehicle up to 139m/h top speed along with 6.7 seconds for 0-62m/h sprint time. Fuel average is 47m/g with 138g/km of Co2 emissions.
This version is available in just five-door models and fitted with six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive system. At the top of engines range there is a 1.6-Litre petrol engine with 197bhp and 214lb/ft torque. It is the fastest engine with 142m/h top speed. It takes 6.5 seconds to get from 0-62m/h. Fuel average of this version is 46m/g with 140g/km of Co2 emissions. This version is available in just three-door models and fitted with six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive system.
Ford Fiesta is specially designed for town driving with small dimensions, light steering control and excellent road and external visibility that helps a lot in tight town driving with low space margins and good maneuvering ability along with good and safe parking in tight places.
Manual gearbox is effective in performance and automatic gearbox allows you a smooth driving. Suspensions are equally good and relaxing in bumpy surfaces. It is quiet inside while on motorway at good speed. Ford fiesta offers less body rolls at speed and good control on the same hand which is impressive. Ford Fiesta ST offers a great driving experience with great speed and economy as well.
Though it is a small hatchback class vehicle but among its rivals, Fiesta ST is a unique model with such a great speed and performance with nice and smooth controls. It gives excellent road grip and torque vectoring technology gives you some extra road grip on bends. This technology is quite advanced and practical in use in such a small vehicle like Ford Fiesta.
It is a nice car with reasonable practical approach. Though there are competent rivals with good comfortable interior and latest technologies along with handsome seating arrangements, but the graph of its popularity stands still on high position. At front, Fiesta offers a good leg and head room with comfort but at rear the situation is little bit cramped for adult passengers.
Its three-door models are with lack of practicality but its five-door models offer good practicality with good sitting arrangement, any how the situation is tight whether you choose three or five-door models if we compare it with new Skoda Fabia. As far as boot space is concerned it is far better than its rivals. Though it is an old fashioned vehicle with tight space for passengers, but with good and practical boot space, it is at front in its class.
It has 290 Litres boot with wide and good shaped opening lid. In small hatchback class, it is better than Vauxhall Corsa that offers 285 Litres, VW Polo that offers 280 Litres and Mazda 2 with 250 Litres of boot space. Rear seats are with folding ability and you can get 974 Litres storage capacity by dropping them down.
Ford is a name of trust due to its safety and reliability standards, well maintained in its vehicles. Ford Fiesta has secured five stars in Euro NCAP Crash Test. All models have dual front, side and driver’s knee airbags, excellent seat belts with pre-tensions. Key less entry is optional but top trim levels are fitted with this feature as standard. Remote central locking and there is a unique MY KEY feature that is well praised by all international safety institutes, which can allow parents to fix speed limit and stereo volume for their children , if they want to drive the car alone.
Excellent stability control system with traction control system is fitted in this small car. Ford Fiesta is fitted with torque vectoring technology that allows you to carry more speed at bends. Ford Fiesta is available with Active City Stop system. It works effectively if the situation goes worse. Safety standards are well praised and advanced in functions but the reliability of Ford Fiesta is not satisfactory.
Cheep built quality doesn’t satisfy the customers. It is in 105th position out of 150th. The Driver Power Customer Satisfaction survey has revealed its report in which most of the customers and users are satisfied with its safety measures but not convinced by its durability and reliability, anyhow Ford Fiesta is the leading brand In UK.Read More