Ford Fiesta: The Fun Supermini

Ford Fiesta

When an automaker decides to re-introduce a model, then you know that they have a gem. The Ford Fiesta was reintroduced to the American market in 2010. In the same year coinciding with the American launch it was released worldwide. This was after it had been removed back in 1980 where it made way for the Escort. The Fiesta is a top rated supermini, belonging only to the upper echelons of this class. Interestingly, it’s the smallest car Ford makes and it has a sedan variant.

The History

Ford developed the Fiesta under the project name “Bobcat,” which was approved by Henry Ford II in 1972. The approval coincided with the launch of the Fiat 127 and the Renault 5. Bobcat evolved to a final proposal inked by Tom Tjaarda at Ghia. The proposal went on to be approved for production later in 1973. After a couple of intended press leaks the Fiesta went on sale in 1976.

The Current Model

Currently, the Ford Fiesta is on its sixth generation, which was unveiled in the September 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Mark VI was based on the Ford’s B-car global platform. Do note that the sixth generation Fiesta is known as the Mark VII in the UK. As for the sedan variant it was unveiled in the Guangzhou Auto Show and marketed in only North America and Asia. The saloon hasn’t been made available in Europe.

The Variants

The Fiesta is available as either a hatchback, sedan or a van, with the hatchback being the most popular. Here are the variants of the supermini:

  • Studio
  • Style
  • Style ECOnetic
  • Zetec
  • Zetec ECOnetic
  • Zetec Black Edition
  • Zetec White Edition
  • Zetec S
  • Zetec S Red Edition
  • Zetec S Black Edition
  • Titanium
  • Titanium ECOnetic
  • Titanium X
  • ST-1
  • ST-2
  • ST-3

Ford Fiesta

The Powertrain

Powering the Fiesta are an array of diesel and petrol engines:

  • 0L turbo straight 3 (petrol)
  • 2L straight 4 (petrol)
  • 4L straight 4 turbo (diesel)
  • 4L straight four (petrol)
  • 5L straight four (petrol)
  • 6L straight four (petrol)
  • 6L turbo straight four (petrol)
  • 6L turbo straight four (diesel)

The straight four is standard churning out a standard 120 hp, while the 3 cylinder turbo is able to churn out 123 hp. A 5-speed manual is standard, with the options of getting a 4-speed auto or 6-speed dual clutch auto.

The Interior

If you are looking for lavish styling and the latest in comfort and technology you’ll be a tad disappointed with the Fiesta. However, for a car in its price range things could be worse. Thus, if you keep the price in mind, you’re getting a little more value for your money.

The Exterior

When it comes to looks the Fiesta isn’t a head turner for sure but it definitely looks contemporary. If you like to ride incognito then the Fiesta will make it easy for you. For a supermini it looks good, but next to an Audi S8 or BMW X5, you’ll feel a little insecure.

Our Verdict

The Ford Fiesta is a top supermini there is no doubt about that. To argue its case for a reasonably priced car its interior is lavish, and it’s enjoyable to drive. No matter how you package a car, if it simply doesn’t drive well, then it isn’t worth it. For the Fiesta they may actually be selling the best drive in the subcompact category. Simply, this is the fun supermini to have.

To own a Ford Fiesta, you’ll have to start budgeting from $ 14,580.

The Ford Fiesta is referred as a class leader in some quarters of the auto world. Does this statement hold water against competitors like the Volkswagen Polo or the Honda Fit? Have your say, leave a comment.

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