FIVE FAST FACTS
The most crucial addition inside comes in the form of the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Sync 3. Compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, the setup includes Applink that allows voice control of apps and pinchand-swipe functionality. The display is crystal clear, not always a given in this vehicle segment.
To develop the Fiesta’s optional 10-speaker B&O PLAY sound system, the engineers spent a year listening to more than 5 000 tracks to ensure the 675 W setup sounds great whether enjoying Adele, Foo Fighters or Jay-z, or chilling out to classical music.
Robot buttocks sat in the Fiesta’s seats 25 000 times to prove their durability, while Ford checked the seat material for flexibility and comfort after it was exposed to a temperature of -30 degrees Celsius for 24 hours.
Plastic panels that punctuate the facia, instrument cluster and door pulls can be specified in a range of colours, including Race Red, Bohai Bay Mint and Chrome Copper. Some are successful; others are, ahem, challenging. Seen here is the top-spec Vignale model with a stitched dashboard top, but even lower-spec models feel better finished than the outgoing Fiesta.
The new Fiesta features a raft of safety tech supported by two cameras, three radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors that monitor the vehicle’s surroundings through 360 degrees and scan the road ahead up to 130 metres. It happens to also be the first Ford fitted with pre-collision assist coupled with pedestrian detection.