Ford Fiesta (2013 - )
Last updated 27 June 2014
140PS version of Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost announced and available for test drives at the Moving Motor Show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Road Test Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec-S 140 Red Edition
The updated version of the Ford Fiesta, Britain’s favourite car, went on sale in early 2013 with sharper styling and a host of new technological features. The front end gets Ford's new trapezoidal grille plus ‘laser-cut’ headlights with daytime running lights. The interior also gains minor tweaks with minor revisions to the centre console and trim.
The most important addition to the Fiesta range is the inclusion of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in 100PS and 125PS outputs, which premiered in the Focus. Winner of ‘International Engine of the Year’ the three-cylinder turbocharged unit returns a claimed 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2, which means free car tax.
The Fiesta is extremely nimble and composed, which makes it ideal for town and motorway driving. Ride quality is improved through a combination of more compliant suspension and deeper profile tyres. Friction has been taken out of the steering making it feel sharper from the straight ahead position.
There’s plenty of new technology including ‘SYNC,’ which provides Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control and emergency assistance. Active City Stop is offered, which helps drivers avoid low speed accidents by applying the brakes if a collision is imminent.
Another important feature is MyKey, which provides parents with a second key for their children. This second key is programmed with parameters set by the parents, for instance limiting top speed, setting off warning sounds if they forget their seatbelts and limiting the maximum volume of the radio, among other things. It’s a useful addition to a car that’s always popular with learners and new drivers.
There are few small hatchbacks on the UK market that come close to matching the Ford for all round ability, efficiency and comfort. The Fiesta is driver-friendly, spacious and great fun on the road. Standard kit is also impressive, with base models getting air conditioning, hill start assist and a body coloured rear spoiler.