Review - Ford Fiesta
April 07, 2021
Ford's Festiva of the 1990s was reliable and cheap, but had a bit of a cheap-and-nasty image to it. Meanwhile, we were missing out on the European Ford Fiesta, which was as fun to drive as a go-kart and had German engineering.
Thankfully, Ford Australia saw the error of its ways recently and now we are able to enjoy the Ford Fiesta rather than some tacky afterthought with a grey interior. The Fiesta is joy on wheels, with excellent steering, great colours, Bluetooth phone pairing and much more.
Spicy and full of salsa!
There's a cutting edge interior design, broken up by a piano black stereo surround, which is a great touch. Conveniently, where negotiating a comfortable position can be difficult in a small car, you get a telescopically adjustable steering wheel in the top-spec ST. No matter your size, the Fiesta offers a nice and natural driving position.
We expect little space and comfort in the back seat from cars in this segment, but Ford challenges low expectations and somehow makes the most of the space. Four adults are surprisingly well accommodated, especially with headroom. The boot is more in line with what you’d expect from this type of vehicle, but you would be surprised what you can fit in there, especially when the seats are stowed. Furthermore, there is clever storage under the passenger seat for shoes or documents.
Regarding exterior design, the 2014 Ford Fiesta is in line with Ford’s Kinetic 2.0 design language. It has a bold, hexagonal front grille that resembles the open mouth of a whale shark, skimming through the ocean, while at the back there’s some curvy lines that highlight the rear arches, and then a somewhat skinny and tall rear end.
To be able to offer that above-average rear occupant space, the Fiesta’s rear stance is more of a minivan shape than a sporty hatch. The chrome window surrounds on the Sport positively add a hint of elegance.
Top quality engineering, stunning design
Don’t be too quick to pass harsh judgements to the new 1.0L EcoBoost engine when you see three cylinders on the spec sheet. With this you get the power of a ‘warm’ hatch along with one of the most frugal fuel consumption figures on offer for a petrol car.
Still not convinced? You might be interested to know this 1.0-litre unit has been awarded the coveted International Engine of the Year award, twice.
Making the Fiesta uniquely yours is just a matter of selecting one of the seven available colours on offer. Shadow Black helps you creep through the shadows mysteriously, Winning Blue is an electrifying way to brighten your day, Lunar Sky is a sandy beige that's all the rage, Candy Red will knock em dead, Mars Red will really turn heads!
Fiesta is Spanish for party, and that's how you'll feel every time you start it up and drive it through the city. Ford have captured the joy of owning a city car and wound it up to 11, thanks to its excellent safety, how it feels to drive, vibrant colour range and European styling.
With capped price servicing, a 3 year/100,000km warranty, it's worth taking the Fiesta for a spin to see if you feel at home in it.
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder
- Transmission and drive: Five-speed manual or six-speed auto, front-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Five Stars
- Official fuel economy: 5.3L/100km (6.2L/100km)
- Time from 0-100km/h as tested: 11.7 seconds.
- Fuel efficient engine with lots of grunt
- Interior space, particularly in the back
- Sporty handling and pleasure to drive
- Lovely gearshift in manual
- Awkward design elements
- Needs latest infotainment system
- No spare tyre