Ford Fiesta Diesel

Driving Ford’s little oil burner is a real pleasure. It is an example of a design and engineering team getting it right.

The balance between performance and comfort, power and economy, price and value seems to be spot on. The driving dynamics are superb and build quality is very good.

Ford Fiesta Diesel

The new Fiestas look and are bigger than the old model, which is now called the Figo. It feels that the usable space is both bigger and more practical as is the boot. Overall this new little Ford looks good inside and out.

The Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend 6 MT is the model name of the Fiesta I drove. That means it is a 6-speed manual turbo diesel with the Trend or standard trim level. The top specification is the Titanium, but is not available with a diesel engine.

Ford’s Synch III infotainment system with voice control and Bluetooth is a joy to use. It is easy to set up, easy to understand and easy to use. There are two USB ports with charging functionality, integration with you cell phone and a colour touchscreen. Directly in front of the driver is an additional trip computer display with several options.

Standard equipment includes controls on steering wheel, daytime running lights, halogen headlamps, airconditioner, hill launch assist and auto stop – start.

Safety kit is comprehensive and includes ABS brakes with brakeforce assist and distribution control, traction control, airbags, front fog lights, cornering lamps and reverse parking sensors.

Fuel consumption is claimed to be 3.3L/100km but expect 4L/100km on the open road and around 5.5L/100km in town, which in real terms is good.

Fiesta is fun to drive, with excellent road manners, nicely weighted steering and brakes, a feeling of woema when you put foot and an oh-so-smooth gearbox.

This Fiesta raises the bar and is the benchmark for how a small car should drive.

Equipment included in the standard price surpasses that of most of the competition which means you are actually getting good value for money.

This is a car I have really enjoyed to drive. I would also consider the automatic 1.0 T turbo-petrol model which is priced at R277 300 and may be the sweet spot of the range.

The diesel Trend Fiesta is listed at R292 500. The range starts at R261 900 and tops out at R310 600.

The warranty is for 4 years or 120 000km and the base price includes a 4 year or 60 000 km service plan.

The direct competition includes its own sibling, the Figo which is the previous Fiesta, the VW Polo and Vivo, Mazda 2, Suzuki Baleno, Kia Rio, Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20.

Ford Fiesta ST200 Limited Edition review

Ford Fiesta ST200 Limited Edition

You get the Fiesta. Then you get the Fiesta ST. And then the ST200 Limited Edition. Only 160 of them were brought into SA and they are available in “Storm Grey” metallic only.

The difference between the “normal” ST and the limited edition includes the power output which has been raised from 134 kW to a mighty 147 kW for such a small body. Maximum torque, meanwhile, goes up from 240 Nm to 290 Nm.

Do you really need 290 Nm in a Fiesta? If you want to kick ass you do, oh yes. By the way, a further 11 kW and 30 Nm are available for up to 20 seconds thanks to the engine’s overboost function. Yummy.

This means zero to 100 km/h in 6,7 seconds and a top speed which is electronically limited to 230 km/h.

Enhancing the handling, the limited edition has a rear twistbeam with a claimed 27% more roll stiffness.

Inside are Recaro heated sport seats with partial leather and two-tone seatbelts, nogal.

The interior is well designed and appears to be well put together. The Sony based infotainment system is good but is not the new Synch3 system. Space at the back is limited.

Cars.co.za said of the ST200LE that it is “pointy, agile and heaps of fun. There’s more to the Ford ST200 than just a hot hatch label. It allows the driver to feel the limit better through its steering, the suspension is set up to tip the car into corners from the rear.” We concur.

This limited edition ST200 is designed to put a smile on your face. It really is fun to drive. Handling heaven. The gearbox is oh-so-smooth and is near perfectly mated with the clutch. You will have to look long and hard to find a better combination.

The steering is also just right, not too light and with plenty of feedback. Ford have got the whole package right, I think.

I found it a little “hard”, for everyday use though, bearing in mind that I have been around the block. I think you can tell the difference between an old and a new R5 coin if you drive over them. So I can safely say it is a young man, with petrol in his veins, type of car.

Dynamite, and so a handful when given rein.

Possibly the best little hot hatch in SA, especially at the price.

The ST200 Limited Edition costs R339 900, which is R14 000 more than that standard Fiesta ST.
It comes with a four-year or 120 000 km warranty and a four-year or 60 000 km service plan.

The competition includes the soon to be released Volkswagen Polo GTI which has a 2.0 petrol engine putting out 147 kW from 4 000 rpm, and 320 Nm of torque from just 1 500 rpm. Expected to cost R387 500. To be confirmed next month by VWSA.

The very hot Renault Clio RS220 Trophy puts out 147 kW and 230Nm, does 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, and hits 230 km/h in a car weighing only 1 170 kg and enjoying a taut and grip-focused chassis, for R434 900.

Ford ST200 LE

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Automatic EcoBoost PowerShift Trend review

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost PowerShift Trend

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost PowerShift Trend

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost PowerShift Trend

Wow. What a little surprise package. So much more than you expect.

The Fiesta EcoBoost is fun, frugal, feisty and just plain a fabulous small car.

The engine in the car was International Engine of The Year in 2012, 2013 & 2014*. It is a gutsy little engine producing the amazing torque of 170Nm as opposed to the 1.4 normally aspirated petrol engine which manages just 128Nm. You feel the difference, believe me. Ford calls it an inline three cylinder turbo petrol, direct fuel injection and Ti-VCT. I call it dynamite.

Top speed of 180km/h and 0 to 100 of 10.8 seconds. Ford_Fiesta_1.0_044

Ford claims Fuel Economy – NEDC ℓ/100km (combined cycle) of 4.9litres/100km. Expect6l/100km in normal driving but under 5l/100km on the highway.

There are three levels of trim, Ambiente, Trend and Titanium. Go for the Trend.

The Fiesta Trend line has a full suite of safety equipment including hill launch assist and even the hazard lights are activated under emergency braking. The Trend models have fog lamps front and rear, daytime running lights, a follow me home headlight feature and halogen projector headlamps.

This ‘new’ updated Fiesta looks good. The only really new feature is the nose, more specifically the grill. You will either love or hate it. The rest of the car is sexy. Beautifully balanced lines and just the right weight between glass and sheetmetal.

Ford_Fiesta_dashInterior

The cabin is roomy for the class of car and well appointed. I feel it has the class leading cabin package. The only items missing are cruise control and seat warmers. Fit and finish is excellent.

The driver seat is manually adjustable, horizontally, vertically and the angle of the backrest. The seating is comfortable and looks good.

The legroom for the back seats is good for this class of car.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Powershift

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Powershift

Entertaining

Driving the Fiesta is a fiesta. You just salsa along. The 1.0 is very much a driver’s kind of car. Fun, zippy and sporty with excellent road holding and handling to match. And its economical. The car’s dynamics are best in class. It sticks to the road around corners like marmalade to your fingers.

This new facelifted Fiesta raises the bar for B segment motoring, it is that good.

The 1.0 EcoBoost PowerShift Trend, as tested costs R236 300. This is quite possibly the pick of the bunch. The other choice could be the 1.6 TDCi Trend manual turbodiesel.

The Fiesta range starts at R178 900 for the Ambiente 1.4 petrol manual. The top of the range Fiesta is the ST at R267 700. The diesels start at R194 900.

Also look at the VW Polo, Kia Rio, Mazda 2,Renault Clio or Hyundai i20.

All Fiestas have a comprehensive warranty of 4years / 120 000 km and a service plan for 4 years / 60 000 km.

* The International Engine of The Year panel of 82 jury members from 34 countries also named the Mercedes-AMG 2.0-liter turbo as the best New Engine for 2014. The electric engine from Tesla won the Green Engine prize, and the 4.5-liter V8 from the Ferrari 458 Italia is the top Performance Engine. The little Ford keeps very good company.

Article first appeared in Your Business Magazine

 

 

Little Ford Fiesta goes automatic

Ford today announced that the Ford Fiesta will now be offered with a PowerShift automatic transmission in combination with Ford’s  1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

The 74kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be paired with Ford’s six speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission – the first time Ford has combined the two technologies – delivering CO2 emissions of 114 g/km and 4.9 I/100 km fuel consumption.

Ford-Fiesta-news-1“With its exciting design and technology features, the Fiesta is capturing the imagination of customers around the globe and South Africa is no different,” said Marketing Manager, Gavin Golightly. “The first combination of our award-winning EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine with PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission is a major step forward in this segment and will appeal to many new customers – especially those looking for the latest cutting edge technology.”

Unlike regular hydraulically operated automatic transmissions, which use power-sapping torque converters, wet clutches and pumps, Ford’s dual-clutch PowerShift automatic consists of two manual transmissions working in parallel. Each has its own independent clutch unit controlled by computers and fast-acting electromechanical actuators that shift the gears.

One clutch carries the odd gears, 1, 3 and 5, while the other carries the even gears, 2, 4 and 6, and reverse. PowerShift is an automatic because the gear changes are co-ordinated by a computer that directs the clutches to engage and disengage in a way that provides seamless delivery of torque to the wheels, even during gear changes.

EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

larger, less-efficient engines.

Ford sold 356,434 Fiestas in the first half of 2013.

Recommended retail price (Including VAT) of the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend PowerShift is R230 800.00

All Ford Fiesta models come standard with Ford’s warranty and service plan, which comprises of a four-year / 120 000km fully comprehensive manufacturer warranty, five-year Corrosion warranty and five-year / 90 000km Service Plan. A Ford Protect roadside assistance plan is in place for three-years / unlimited km while service intervals are scheduled at 20 000km.

Feisty Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium review

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium

Ford-Fiesta_tight-frontishThe overall impression of the new facelifted Ecoboost engined Fiesta is solid. Build quality appears to be very good and perceived cabin quality is high.

The cabin is pleasant, has good space, headroom, practical cup and other holders and the ergonomics are very good. Aircon works well and the front seats should be adjustable for any size.

The gears, clutch, brakes and steering are all well set up and work as expected. Acceleration is surprising. This Ecoboost engine has loads of go.

I particularly liked the hill stop control.

Ford-Fiesta_nose

Exterior

There are some who do not like the new nose. I think you will get used to it quickly.

The other lines are pleasing. The general impression is of cohesiveness. I think it won’t date too quickly.

InteriorFord_Fiesta_dash

The cabin of the Fiesta is practical and pleasant. There are enough softer surfaces to counter the hard plastics.

The seats feel firm, give good support and are quite adjustable, as is the steering wheel.

All the controls are easy to use and are easy to find.

A variety of storage spaces are provided.

The sound system and info systems work well and are simple to use.

Driving impressions

This one litre turbo petrol three cylinder engine is a joy. I heard a comment that it sounds like a sewing machine. Maybe, but it goes like a bat out of hell. I quite enjoy the sound of the three cylinder motor at full song.

Interestingly the engine switches off when in neutral (at a red traffic light for example) and switches on the moment you press the clutch.

When the turbo kicks in she pulls better than the 1.4 engine it replaces, mostly matching or beating its 1.6 normally aspirated sisters. It’s a joy to drive. The steering and handling are to my mind the best in this segment.

The brakes are very good and behaviour on the road is excellent.

The engine produces 92kW and 170Nm between 1400 and 4500rpm. Thats pretty decent.

Claimed fuel consumption is 4.3litres /100km. I got 6.5litre /100km, perhaps because it is such a spirited car to drive. The testers over at Car magazine got it down to 5.6litres/100km.

Its fun to drive.

Niggles

My biggest niggle is the price. Other than the lack of cruise control the Fiesta does not have any major negatives.

SummaryFord-Fiesta_rear

A little expensive, but if you want to go green, a really good option.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost costs R231 500 –

4yr 120 000km warranty, 4yr 60 000km service plan

I really liked the Fiesta. To me it is a great little car. Smooth gears, good clutch and excellent road manners.

It also has good interior space and feels solid. The Ecoboost engine also packs a mighty punch.

It’s just a pity about the price. I think it is a little steep.

The competition comes in at R218 900 for the Suzuki Swift, R203 600 for the VW Polo 1.6 (excl extras), the  Kia Rio 1.4Tec at R177 995 and the Toyota Yaris at R206 900.

Citroën DS3 VTi 82 vs Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost

Dynamite comes in small packages

The era of small 3 cylinder turbo boosted petrol engine cars has dawned quite quietly. We test two of them, the luxury orientated Citroën DS3 VTi 82 and the practical Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium.

In the previous edition of Your Business we discussed the change in the way we have to look at engines (and especially their capacity) with the introduction of new green technologies. Here we look at two cars which demonstrate this perfectly.

Citroen_ds3_frontishCitroën DS3 VTi 82

The DS range is the chic “upmarket” offering from Citroën. As such the DS3 has all the bells and whistles you would expect in a little luxury car, including cruise control, scented air freshener and automated lights. It does not have hill stop control.

I never quite got the hang of the clutch and gears during the week I drove it. The clutch and the brakes take very high. I assume this is for high heels, as the DS3 is very much a ladies car with in the case of the test car a pretty eye candy two tone purple and white colour scheme.

I did not like the cruise controls and remote audio control hidden behind the wheel. The car has no headroom.

Some of the fit and finish seemed to be decidedly economic. The handles for the seats are flimsy.

Space at the back is suitable only for pre-teens. It is also a mission to get in and out of the back.

The engine is more than adequate with 60kW and 118Nm at 2750rpm.

Fuel consumption is claimed to be 4.5litre /100km, but I only managed 6.5litre /100km.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost TitaniumFord-Fiesta_tight-frontish

The overall impression of the Fiesta is solid. Build quality appears to be very good. The cabin is pleasant, has good space, headroom, practical cup and other holders and the ergonomics are very good. Aircon works well and the front seats should be adjustable for any size.

The gears, clutch, brakes and steering are all well set up and work as expected.

I particularly liked the hill stop control.

Interestingly the engine switches off when in neutral (at a red traffic light for example) and switches on the moment you press the clutch.

When the turbo kicks in she pulls better than the 1.4 engine it replaces. It’s a joy to drive.

The engine produces 92kW and 170Nm between 1400 and 4500rpm. Thats pretty decent.

Claimed fuel consumption is 4.3litres /100km. I got 6.6litre / 100km.

A little expensive, but if you want to go green, a really good option.

Summary

Citroën DS3 VTi82 costs R199 900  – 3yr 100 000 warranty, 4yr 60 000km service plan

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost costs R231 500 – 4yr 120 000km warranty, 4yr 60 000km service plan

I prefer the Fiesta. To me it is the better car. Smoother gears, better clutch and excellent road manners. It also has more space and feels solid. The Ecoboost engine also packs a punch.