Ford deliver another wonderful incarnation of classic Fiesta
AS far as I’m concerned the Fiesta has always enjoyed pride of place at the supermini top table and this isn’t just down to Ford’s marketing, or Irish preferences, it’s simply always been a bloody good little car.
Build quality is something that can fall by the wayside for affordable superminis, but this isn’t the case with the Fiesta.
It just feels like a quality product, like it was assembled by people who were building a car with a price tag double the one attached to the Fiesta.
The steering wheel, seats, binnacle, glove box, door handles, all the little things you deem to be inconsequential, are solid and well put together.
The back seat was large enough for me, at 6ft 1in, to comfortably sit while driving from Valladolid airport to the Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, where Ford was hosting a cohort of motoring journalists.
Part of Ford’s show and tell exhibition focused on the advances in driver’s aids and driver assistance technology.
The Fiesta’s driver assistance technologies are supported by two cameras, three radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors, which are able to monitor 360 degrees around the vehicle, and scan the road ahead up to 130 metres.
Amazingly, the Fiesta can detect people who are in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path, using light from the Fiesta’s headlights at night with its Pre Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system.
It will also find you a suitable parking place and will park the car for you in a parallel or shopping centre style spot.
The car will also break for you if you fail to respond to the warnings while the vehicle is performing a manoeuvre.
Ford is offering four different versions of the Fiesta: the top of the range Vignale, the sporty ST-Line, the Titanium, and Zetec.
The engines range from a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, while a new six-speed transmission with innovative friction reduction technologies helps deliver CO2 emissions from 82 g/ km, which puts your road tax at €100 for the entry model, and a claimed fuel efficiency from 3.2 l/100km.
On a separate note, I feel that describing the Fiesta as a supermini may be a little bit of a stretch, as it’s almost the same size as the first generation Focus at 4,040mm.
The Fiesta was more than capable of holding its road position with little or no body roll and was sprightly enough to be usable every day as both the petrol and diesel motors had enough poke to overtake a tractor or cyclist.
The Fiesta’s infotainment system, the Sync 3, was user friendly, to a degree.
All navigation systems that aren’t Google Maps simply lack the amount of feedback and data available to Google and are essentially working off sub-par software and limited data.
Unfortunately the satnav system in the new Fiesta felt a little witless, stunted and clumsy, both in its design and user interface.
The Bang and Olufsen sound system, though, was simply magnificent and the 8-inch colour touchscreen was bright with a high resolution.
Next year the existing variants will be joined by the Fiesta Active, the first Fiesta crossover model, boasting SUV-inspired styling that includes raised ride-height, roof bars and additional cladding.
The super-sporty hot hatch,
The Fiesta ST, will also be launched with the first ever Ford performance car powered by a three-cylinder engine.
In Ireland the new Fiesta will be initially available in Zetec and Titanium series with ST-Line and Vignale series arriving in late 2017.
Lead-in pricing will start at €16,550 for the Fiesta Zetec 3-door 1.1 litre petrol 70bhp.