Celebrate with the sprightly Ford Fiesta
by Joanne Ahern • July 23, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives
Ford has added a touch of magic to the Fiesta, making it a very alluring drive indeed.
The five-door model is a good looking supermini, which carries the family nose of the larger Focus and Mondeo.
Inside, our test car had a patterned fabric interior.
Legroom was good back and front and two adults can fit comfortably in the back. There is a transmission tunnel but it’s not particularly high.
The Fiesta offers a comfortable driving seat and position.
The boot, meanwhile, is a decent enough size – it’s quite deep and also houses a spare wheel. The rear seats can be folded to create extra space, but they don’t lie flat.
While there were electric windows in the front of our mid-level Zetec test car, back seat passengers will have to be happy with winding ones.
Our test model was fitted with the Sync connectivity system, and it was easy to hook up your phone for calls and music streaming.
However, the Fiesta is still carrying the ultra busy button-heavy infotainment unit, which I believe is slated for future simplification.
Infotainment was provided via Radio/CD/USB/Bluetooth/music streaming/12 volt. The latter was well placed at base of centre console.
I was very impressed with the sound system in the car I was driving. It also had remote controls on the steering wheel.
There’s also lots of cubby holes in this car – between the two front seats there are three cup holders, and an uncovered storage unit.
There are also unusually shaped door bins, which are deeper than they look. The glove compartment is quite small, however.
This car had manual air conditioning, which I found difficult to regulate.
Our test car also featured the MyKey system, which allows speed and volume limits to be set, by parents of inexperienced drivers, for instance.
On the road, the Ford Fiesta feels like a much bigger car than it actually is and I found that I didn’t get bullied as much as I have previously been in other small cars.
Our route took us through the city, on country roads, motorway and over the mountains.
The Fiesta feels like a solid car and it’s beautiful to drive. The steering wheel feels lovely, the car handles well and there’s not too much body roll.
There was also a beautiful sound from the economical 1.0-litre 65PS EcoBoost engine – almost like a tame hot hatch.
Stop/Start was handy for city driving as it cuts the engine when you’re stopped in traffic and thus saves on fuel.
This five-speed car was peppy at the lights and was easy to park – there were no parking sensors though.
On the motorway it was strong and it was fun to drive on the mountains. There was no cruise control, however, which I missed.
Overall, the Ford Fiesta is a great car on any type of road. I loved it and always looked forward to driving it.
The Ford Fiesta is available now with prices starting from €15,740. Prices for the Zetec EcoBoost model I was driving start from €16,850.
Visit the Ford Ireland website or its Facebook page for further details.
First Look – Ford Fiesta