Ford Fiesta: fresh power

Ford Fiesta: fresh power

Fiesta - the first model Ford, created in accordance with the new "global" policy of the company, will be sold in various parts of the world with little or no change. The fourth generation of small cars strives to be radically different from their predecessors. Test version with a 1,6-liter petrol engine.

Once you come face to face with the new generation of the well-known Fiesta across Europe, you cannot help but think that this is a completely new model and of a higher class. The truth is that the car's dimensions are relatively small compared to its predecessor - two centimeters long, four wide, and five high - but its exterior makes it look bigger and more massive. Like the Mazda 2 using the same technology platform, the new Fiesta has even lost 20 kilograms.

The design is practically taken from a series of conceptual developments called Verve and looks fresh and bold without falling into unnecessary waste. Obviously, the Fiesta wants to not only keep its old fans, but also win the hearts of a whole new audience - the overall impression of the car has nothing to do with any of the models that have borne this name until now.

High level of equipment

The basic version is equipped as standard with ESP, five airbags and central locking, while the top version Titanium also has air conditioning, alloy wheels, fog lights and a number of "mouth-watering" details in the interior. In contrast to the base prices for the model, which, despite the good equipment, seem to be a bit overpriced, the extra charge for the extras turns out to be surprisingly beneficial.

Each of the three Sport models, Ghia and Titanium has its own style: Ruth Pauli, chief designer of colors, materials and finishes for all Ford Europe models, explains that Sport has a puritanical aggressive character and aims to maximize Already for young people, Ghia for those who appreciate calmness and love soft flowing tones, while the top Titanium version is emphatically technocratic and sophisticated at the same time, striving to satisfy the most demanding.

The stylish lady is happy to report that, according to her personal taste, the most attractive colors for the Fiesta paintwork are sky blue and sparkling yellow-green (which, she says, is inspired by her favorite caipirinha). It was in the last nuance that the body of the car used for the photo shoot was discovered, and we can confidently confirm that it made a huge impression among the traffic on the roads of Tuscany.

Attention to detail

The almost perfect ergonomics of the rather unusual cockpit are impressive - the Fiesta is a prime example of an unconventional, and sometimes even whimsical, design that remains fully functional. The materials are very good quality for their category - typical small car hard polymers can only be found in the most hidden corners of the cabin, the dashboard is pushed forward, but its matte finish does not reflect on the windshield, and the relatively thin front speakers are not reflected. make visibility as difficult as most competing models.

As soon as you get into the driver's seat, you start to feel like in a sports car - the steering wheel, gear lever, pedals and the left footrest fit as naturally as if they were an extension of the limbs, elegant devices are used in any light and do not require distraction attention.

Surprise on the road

The real surprise comes when you get to the first corner with the new Fiesta. The fact that Ford has been one of the most recognized masters of dynamic driving in recent years is well known in itself, but that doesn't make the presentation of their new creation any less exciting. The winding mountain roads are like a home for a Fiesta, and the driving pleasure reaches such proportions that we can't help but ask ourselves questions like, "Is this really achievable with a very simple small class model?" and “We're driving a sporty version of the ST, but somehow forgot to notice first?”

The steering is exceptional (for some tastes, even excessive) direct, suspension reserves are fantastic for such a car, and the 1,6-liter petrol engine responds instantly to any command and provides confident and even traction across almost the entire rev range. Of course, 120 horsepower is not enough to turn the Fiesta into a racing sports car, but while maintaining a consistently high rev level, the dynamics are significantly better than one would expect based on the technical parameters on paper.

The car pulls smoothly on reverse descents in high gear and less than 2000 rpm, which makes us discreetly make sure at the first opportunity that Ford engineers have not hidden the turbocharger under the hood. We do not find it, so the explanation for the respectable capabilities of the drive remains only in the talent of the engineers. However, the lack of sixth gear is noticeable - at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour, the tachometer needle crosses the 4000 division and, given the short gear ratios of the box, there is nothing surprising in the high fuel consumption.

There is no doubt that with their new Fiesta Ford, they are taking the lion's leap forward and upward. The harmonious complex of qualities, the absence of insurmountable flaws and excellent behavior on the road are highly appreciated.

Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ti-VCT Титан

If it weren't for the high fuel consumption of the 1,6-liter petrol engine, the new Fiesta would have earned the maximum five-star rating without any problems. Apart from this drawback and limited visibility from the driver's seat, the car has practically no significant drawbacks.

technical details

Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ti-VCT Титан
Working volume-
Power88 kW (120 hp)
Maximum

torque

-
Acceleration

0-100 km / h

10,6 s
Braking distances

at a speed of 100 km / h

39 m
Maximum speed161 km / h
Average consumption

fuel in the test

7,6 l / 100 km
Base Price17 euros (for Germany)
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