No siesta for new Fi­esta

Glossop Advertiser - - Motors -

IF YOU you like your cur­rent Ford Fi­esta, you’re go­ing to love the new one. Es­sen­tially, just the name and trim lev­els have been car­ried over to the mod­els now reach­ing show­rooms which get re­vised en­gines, a six-speed man­ual gear­box for the fi rst time and a lot of ex­tra equip­ment and fea­tures.

Out goes the dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in favour of a more conventional torque-con­verter and only the base model is fit­ted with a five-speed box.

A big­ger fi ve-door bodystyle will dom­i­nate sales but Ford is keep­ing open op­tions with a three-door and a cou­ple of diesel en­gines in a range led by three­cylin­der petrol units.

With the bulk of new Fi­es­tas be­ing de­liv­ered with petrol en­gines we de­cided to con­cen­trate on two best sell­ers for our fi rst eval­u­a­tion drives.

The 100 and 125hp three-cylin­der EcoBoost en­gines are sur­pris­ingly quiet and their smooth­ness is well matched by that of the new six-speed man­ual gear­box. When not un­der load they pull well with no­tice­ably sharper pick-up from the more pow­er­ful unit.

The steer­ing feels well weighted and you can spec­ify par­al­lel park­ing aid if you need it, while brakes show good pro­gres­sion and power build up.

The conventional in­stru­ments dis­play is very clear in­front of the driver with a panel split­ting the round di­als to give run­ning in­for­ma­tion and es­sen­tial data.

On the road the perkier 125hp was pre­ferred for its re­sponses and ease of driv­ing but the 100hp still gave a good ac­count of it­self and over­all showed 55.2mpg to the 44 mpg of the more pow­er­ful en­gine.

A lot of driv­ers have praised the last Fi­esta for its blend of ride and han­dling and Ford en­gi­neers have taken this to a new level with a wider track and longer wheel­base, re­vised sus­pen­sion rate but our test cars had larger wheels which still made them fi rmer than some may like.

The new Ford Fi­esta feels fi rmly planted on the road at all times, turns in sharply and grips well with no real vices to speak about. You can hear it cop­ing with our poorer roads but gen­er­ally the sys­tem soaks up bumps and ridges and you are not shaken about.

Which­ever new en­gine cho­sen of the two driven, you can keep up with traf­fic, take ad­van­tage of over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­joy longer jour­neys in greater com­fort than the old Fi­esta.

It has re­set the bench­mark a good bit higher in the su­per­mini class.

ROBIN ROBERTS DRIV­ERS of the new black cab will save on av­er­age £100 per week in fuel costs. Lon­don Taxi Com­pany has re­launched it­self as Lon­don EV Com­pany, and along­side the re­brand pre­sented its fi­nal de­sign for its new elec­tric taxi.

Called the TX, its bat­tery elec­tric pow­er­train is linked to a small petrol gen­er­a­tor that al­lows a range of over 400 miles - in­clud­ing 70 miles with zero emis­sions. This range could see the TX travel from Lon­don to Ed­in­burgh with­out hav­ing to stop for fuel.

Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC, said: “To­day is an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing day for the com­pany, for the world’s cities, for the air we breathe and for the driv­ers of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. The launch of LEVC marks Bri­tain’s lead­er­ship as a first mover in cre­at­ing the world’s only ded­i­cated elec­tric ve­hi­cle com­pany for the ur­ban com­mer­cial mar­ket.”

Due to be of­fi­cially launched in Lon­don later this year, the TX has been ex­ten­sively tested in a va­ri­ety of dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the Ari­zona desert and the freez­ing Arc­tic Cir­cle.

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