Ford Fiesta Review
From the entire arsenal of cars from Ford, Fiesta turns out to be an immediate favourite of many customers. Because of its lower price range, dynamic looks and comfort features it is a household name, especially in Indonesia where it has a boastful market. Launched at the Indonesia International Motor Show, Ford Fiesta has been successfully stealing the limelight away ever since from its rivals by offering unmatched value for the buck. Produced by the multinational American car manufacturer, Fiesta not only embeds an elegant and chic design but also houses very modern and technologically advanced features. Ford Fiesta is made available in 6 different variants – Style, Trend, Sport, Ecoboost, Sedan Titanium and Sedan Trend. Apart from Fiesta Style, all the remaining variants provide the customer an option of choosing between 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.The 1.0 litre Duratec engine of the Ford Fiesta Ecoboost employs a 3 cylinder, 16-valve DOHC. Churning out a maximum power of 112 PS at 6300 rpm inline with a maximum torque measuring 170 Nm between 1400 to 4400 rpm. The larger 1.5-litre Duratec DOHC 4 cylinder, 16 valve engine on board on all the other variants provides you with a maximum power of 112 PS at 6300 rpm, exactly the same amount of power generated by the smaller 1.0-litre ecoboost engine inline with a maximum torque of 140 Nm at 4400 rpm. Ecoboost not only increments the output power generated but also maintains your fuel economy demands better than a larger engine.Ford Fiesta has been intelligently designed in many aspects, with an aerodynamic, sleek and redefined exterior. The chrome grille on front adds further zest on the front. The interiors too look very sophisticated and luxurious. The seats are wide and comfortable and the drive offers you one of the best in class legroom space concurring to extended cabin space. The entertainment console powered by SYNC (standard of all but Fiesta Style) makes your ride more fun and lively. Ford Fiesta is equipped with powerful manual air conditioning systems (Electronic Automatic Temperature Control for Fiesta Sports) so that you won’t break a sweat under the sweltering sun.In addition to all those features which will be talked about in great detail below, all the variants of the Ford Fiesta come embedded with standard Anti-Lock braking system and dual air bags as a safety measure. It also comes equipped with Electronic Power Assist Steering for added control and safety.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Both the 1.0-litre Ecoboost Duratec engine and 1.5-litre standard Duratec engine with the same maximum power output deliver tremendous performances when it comes to fuel consumption. The larger 1.5-litre engine variants provide an effective mileage of 12.75 km/L in city areas, on a highway however these numbers increase to 17.4 km/L. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine provides a considerable boost to the mileage of the car as well, as such 13.6 km/L mileage is delivered in city conditions, on a highway these numbers escalate to a highly impressive 19.2 km/L mileage.
The 1.0 litre ecoboost engine churns out maximum raw power of 112 PS at 6000 rpm. The torque is pegged at 170 Nm between 1400 to 4500 rpm. The 1.5-litre petrol engine delivers a maximum power output measuring 112 PS as well inline with a maximum starting torque clocking 140 Nm at 4400 rpm. Both these engines are complimented with 6-speed Auto and 6-speed manual transmissions spread across all the variants.
Acceleration and Pickup
Ford Fiesta EcoBoost is not designed to accelerate rapidly over 0-100kmph but rather give you a power boost in between 50kmph to 100kmph. Keeping this in mind, the manual transmission Ford Fiesta Ecoboost provides an acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just 9.4 seconds with a top speed clocking 196 kmph. Surprisingly, (credits to Ecoboost) the variants employing a larger 1.5-litre engine accelerate to 100 kmph mark from a halt in 13.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 167 km/hr.
Ford Fiesta from the outside strikes you as a car elegantly designed in all aspects, right from the chrome grille with dynamic headlamps on the front to the sporty bumper on the rear. The sleek body design on the Fiesta makes it look very appealing to the eyes and also lends the vehicle a very aerodynamic structure. The designing provided on the side makes it stand out from its rival hatchbacks and also makes it look funkier on the streets. Ford is offering this masterpiece of a car in 6 different shades in the Indonesian market giving their loyal customer base plenty of choices before making their pick. The coloured ERVMs embedded with side indicators lend a very graceful appeal to the overall look of the vehicle. The curved wheel arches cover the set of 15/16 inch alloy wheels grant Ford Fiesta optimum ground clearance.
One of major positives regarding Ford Fiesta is the wheelbase employed. It boasts of a wheelbase of 2489mm giving the passengers ample amount of leg space. The exact dimensions measure 3969mm x 1978mm x 1489mm (Fiesta Style and Trend), 3982mm x 1978mm x 1489mm (Sports and Ecoboost) and 4320mm x 1978mm x 1489mm (Sedan Titanium and Sedan Trend)
Take a step inside Ford Fiesta and be amazed. Interiors are the part where Ford has channelled all its efforts. With Keyless entry and ignition, Ford takes sophistication to new heights. The dashboard up-front leaves the contemporary styling miles behind, it seems highly futuristic. Charcoal Black (Zarah, Match Poin t and Torino Leather across different variants) color has been used primarily for the interiors console and seats. Display colour tone interior lights on the speedometer to the audio control screen also changes from red to light blue soft. The use of leather upholstery increments the aesthetic appeal of the drive even further. The steering wheel is embedded with audio functions for driver's assistance, behind this, you find the instrument panel laid out. It’s very comfortable to use and displays all the information you need without distracting the driver. Rear fog lamps and power windows are appointed as a standard feature in all the variants but Fiesta Style. On the centre of the dashboard lays a 3.5 inch Dot matrix display wth AUX input, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and voice command.
The comforts that pamper the driver and the passengers is the USP of Ford Fiesta. The Microsoft-partnered Sync lets you wirelessly connect your smartphone to the console to do a plethora of task you never thought were possible. Most of the variants top-end variants employ a push-start button, the rear seat come packing with 60:40 folding mechanism to provide additional boot-space for your load carrying demands In addition to the stunning entertainment centre, all except Style and Trend come with powerful electronically automated temperature control system for utmost comfort. Driver seats embed a 4-way driver seat adjustment feature while the passenger seats employ a 2-way seat adjustment.
With a moderate wheelbase, there is nothing to boast when it comes to spaciousness of Ford Fiesta. Front passengers lack headroom while rear passengers suffer a lack of legroom. For the hatchback variants a boot space of 290 litres is provided, these figures increase to 430 litres for the sedan variants.
Engine and performance
The little dynamite of an engine, 1.0-litre ecoboost draws out a maximum raw power of measuring 112 PS at 6000 rpm inline with a maximum torque measuring 170 Nm between 1400 to 4500 rpm. The 1.5-litre petrol engine delivers a maximum power output measuring 112 PS as well inline with a maximum starting torque clocking 140 Nm at 4400 rpm. Both these engines are complimented with 6-speed Auto and 6-speed manual transmissions spread across all the variants. Ecomode, a trademark feature, tips the driver on how to change the driving techniques for longer drives and lesser refuels.
The base variant, Ford Fiesta Style packs 15 inch steel rims with an effective tyre size measuring 185/55 R15, with the same tyre size Fiesta Trend and Fiesta Sedan Trend packs in 15 inch alloy rims. Whereas, 16 inch alloy rims find their place in Fiesta Sport, Fiesta Ecoboost and Fiesta Titanium taking the tyre size to 195/50 R16.
Stereo and Accessories
Ford has partnered with Microsoft to create Sync, the entertainment cum utility console on the Fiesta and other Ford models. The Sync lets you wirelessly connect your smartphone to the console to do a plethora of task you never thought were possible. Using the Sync, you do not need to take your eyes off the road for a job. With the state of the art voice recognition feature, you just to need to blurt out a command and let Sync work on it. The Audio system comes embedded with CD plater, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, Dot Matrix Display (3.5 inch), 6 speakers and Voice Command.
Braking and Handling
The Fiesta EcoBoost comes with an efficient braking system that in conjunction with an efficient suspension mechanism makes driving this sedan, both safe and comfortable. The car is bestowed with ventilated disc brakes for the front and drum brakes for the rear. For suspension, it employs a strut type along with coil spring supports the front axle, whereas the rear axle has been equipped with multi-link with coil spring.
Safety and Security
The Ford Fiesta EcoBoost features more Boron (strongest automotive-grade steel available) steel than any other offering from Ford. With the research helping them in the placement of the of boron steel in the most vulnerable locations.Also, the Fiesta Ecoboost comes equipped with Dual Airbags, EPS Assist , Anti-lock braking system, Hill Launch Assist as a standard across all variants. With rear parking sensors on all the variants, parking in cramped spaces is made easier. Other safety features include traction and stability control systems and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
- Fuel efficient
- Interior comforts
- SYNC interface
- Lack of headroom and legroom
- Stiff Suspension