Ford Fiesta (2013 - )
Last updated 21 February 2014
Buzzing noise reported from electric power steering motor of Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 100.
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 got Ford's trapezoidal grille plus ‘laser-cut’ headlights with daytime running lights. The interior also gained minor tweaks with light revisions to the centre console.
Ride quality is improved through a combination of more compliant suspension and deeper profile tyres. Friction has been taken oujt of the steering making it feel sharper from the straight ahead position.
There’s plenty of new technology though, including ‘SYNC,’ which provides Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control and emergency assistance. Active City Stop is offere, 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.
But perhaps the most important addition 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’ it’s a three-cylinder turbocharged unit that delivers a good blend of economy and performance. Ford expects it to deliver ‘best in class’ economy and it will also be available in the next Mondeo.