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First Drive: Ford Fiesta

New Ford Fiesta

The replacement for one of Ireland’s biggest-selling car has a lot to live up to; so how does the New Ford Fiesta shape up asks Geraldine Herbert

What is it? 2008 was the year Ford launched their brand new and most successful Fiesta to date.  Built in ten factories worldwide, it was the supermini that captured the very essence of the car industry’s  mantra of squeezing more from less and showcased refined diesels and low-emission petrol engines. And it was this generation Fiesta that produced one of the finest hot hatches in years, the 1.6 Turbo ST. Nine years on they have just unveiled their all new Fiesta.

 

First impressions of the new Ford Fiesta? From a distance, the new Fiesta looks nearly identical to the previous version but with a few tweaks along the side panels and front and rear lights, the grille identifies which version of car you are driving.

 

What about the interior?  The real changes are however inside where harsh cheap plastics have given way to a far more tasteful and high quality look and feel.  There are also now far fewer buttons and switches and the streamlined dash  is more intuitive with all the main functions and dials clear and easy to understand. The Fiesta is also crammed with enough technology to keep even the avid tech fan entertained. The real changes are however inside where harsh cheap plastics have given way to a far more tasteful and high quality look and feel.  There are also now far fewer buttons and switches and the streamlined dash  is more intuitive with all the main functions and dials clear and easy to understand. The Fiesta is also crammed with enough technology to keep even the avid tech fan entertained. While bigger than the previous version it is still far from the roomiest supermini but overall it feels spacious with comfortable and well supported seats. Boot space of 290 litres allows for a decent amount of luggage space.

 

The cabin in the new Ford Fiesta

Engine choice? You can choose the three or five-door model, while engines on offer are a 1.1-litre non-turbo petrol  in 70 and 85ps  and a 1-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol offered with 100, 125 and 140 ps and a 1.5 diesel in 85 and 120ps with a choice of manuals, or automatic gearboxes.

 

Ford Fiesta on road?  At the launch we had an opportunity to drive both the 140ps version of Ford’s  1.0-litre turbo ecoboost engine and the 1.5 diesel with 120 ps. Both feel refined and agile on the road car and the diesel is impressively hushed but the 1.0 turbo boost engine 140 ps is the one to opt for, it is really good fun, responsive and lively and reminds you why the Fiesta has long been the keen drivers choice but Irish buyers will only be offered this version as a special order only as Ford reckon the bulk of Irish buyers will be for the 70ps version with much of the rest choosing the 85ps version.

 

How much? Launching next week prices start at €16,550 for the Fiesta Zetec 3-door 1.1 litre petrol 70PS and from €17,150 for the five door.

 

What are my options? The new Fiesta comes in five very distinct flavours, from the up-market Vignale, the sporty ST-Line, Titanium, Zetec, with an Active crossover model due here next April.

 

How safe? The new Ford Fiesta is billed as the most technologically advanced small car on sale thanks to 15 high-tech features ensuring a safe and smooth journey such as Pre-Collision Assist featuring pedestrian detection, meaning that the driver is warned of people who are in or near the road ahead, automatic perpendicular parking, blind spot alert and auto high beam.

 

3 words to describe the Ford Fiesta?  Safe: Smart: Sporty

 

For more information on the new Ford Fiesta check out Ford.ie, the Ford Ireland Facebook page or follow them on twitter here

 

 

Geraldine Herbert

4th August, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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