. . . but perfectly formed
Ford took a small package and filled it with character
The Fiesta looked funky, had a funky interior and was packed with all the funky features a young person on the move could wish for. There were two body styles, a threedoor hatch and a five-door hatch, and three models, the price-leading CL, the LX and the sporty Zetec. The midrange LX was only available as a five-door; the others came with three or five.
There were three engines— two petrol and a diesel. The petrol engines were a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre but the diesel made the big noise with claimed consumption of 3.7L/100 km. There was also the choice of manual and automatic transmissions with the final drive being through the front wheels. On the road the Fiesta was poised when cornering, the ride was compliant and its engines were smooth and flexible.
Inside, it was quiet and refined, the seats were comfortable and there were nifty features such as voicecontrolled Bluetooth and a USB slot for an MP3 player.
Few complaints have been received at Carsguide, suggesting Fiesta owners are generally happy with their purchase.
The most common complaint relates to engine pinging and, despite dealer recommendations to switch to higher octane fuel, it doesn’t seem to go away.
Fuel economy is also a concern for some owners, particularly with the 1.6-litre engine, which doesn’t come close to the official Ford figure. Anyone buying for fuel economy should strongly consider the diesel, which does deliver very good economy.
We have also had the odd report of the engine cutting out for no apparent reason, and dealers have not been able to find the cause of the problem. Random failures of this sort are quite common on today’s cars, given all their electronics. It only takes a poor connection somewhere, or a sensor that misbehaves occasionally and you have a car that does things that are difficult to explain.
The performance of the aircon has been called into question by a number of owners who say it blows cool rather than cold on hot days. Rattles are also a bugbear, which would appear to be the result of variable build quality.
As in all modern cars, servicing the Fiesta is vital to ensuring a long and reliable life, so check that the car has been serviced regularly and according to the book.
A smart-looking, great-driving and fun-filled little hatch that’s packed with character.
Fiesta: It’s a good looker and as funfilled as the name suggests