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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.

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