Ford Fiesta Review

By Nishanth   |  October 23, 2013


The Ford Fiesta, which made its debut in India, has already been a game changer. The Ford's design philosophy that we had seen on the Figo some time back has been taken to its new heights with the Ford Fiesta. The Ford Fiesta is feisty with a new set of clothes and new heart and the car cannot be compared with anything Ford Motors had earlier offered in India.

The Fiesta is built on the Ford Motors' B2E platform, which has won much acclaim for its light yet stiff construction. The Ford Fiesta sedan's wheelbase is the same as the Fiesta hatchback, which is being sold in the U.S.A. and European countries.

Though the Ford Fiesta borrows the name from its old namesake and that is where the similarities start and end. Ford Motors, which is on Cloud Nine with the tremendous success of its Figo has taken the game to the next level with the launch of the Fiesta. The Ford Fiesta is a product of the famed Ford's Kinetic Design Philosophy. The new design language is a montage of soft lines, rounded corners and sharp styling that could make the customers bowl over. The car is nothing but a visual drama personified.

If the exterior styling of the car is an eye popper, the interiors, gadgets, and special features the car comes loaded with also is a jaw dropper. Ford's attention for detail reflects in the Fiesta.

The Fiesta is being offered in both petrol and diesel, where the petrol version is having 4 variants -1.5P Titanium+, 1.5P Style AT, 1.5P Titanium+ AT, 1.5P Ambiente and the diesel version have 2 variants such as 1.5D Style, 1.5D Titanium+. The Fiesta is also tendered in seven exciting colors i.e. Chill Metallic, Kinetic Blue, Panther Black, Sea Grey, Diamond White, Moondust Silver and Squeeze.

Ford Fiesta Review

Ford Fiesta Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The Ford Fiesta features a 1.5 litre motor (Diesel and Petrol), which again are engines that are Made for India. The newly developed 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines will make their world debut in India. The 1.5 litre newly developed engines are internally referred as DV5 and this would be the engine that would be pushed for duty in future in any Ford car that is less than four meters long.

The 1.5-litre TDCi engine pumps out 90 bhp @ 3750 rpm and 204 NM @ 2000-2750 rpm while the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine brings out 109 bhp @ 6045 rpm and 140 Nm @ 4500 rpm. Both the engines, though, are smooth and refined, for those looking for power, they would have to wait for a couple of seconds as the power builds out in a liner manner making the drive a cruise on the highway.

The above mentioned Ford's refined new engines are complemented with the very familiar IB5 gearbox. The 5-speed transmission is slick and sporty and gives you the feel of a sports car rather than a sedan in motion and the 6-speed automatic transmission provides the optimal gear-speed ratio. The highlight of the engine is not the performance that though is generously present, but the fuel efficiency that can make the customer of car forget all those long monthly fuel bill woes.

The fuel efficiency of the cars both diesel and petrol on the Indian driving cycle is best in class. The figures read 23.5 kmpl for diesel and 17 kmpl for petrol. These figures alone should make the owners of the car smile all the way to the bank.

Ford Fiesta Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

We had earlier mentioned about the Design philosophy in which the Ford Fiesta was conceptualised. Ford Motors, known to make good cars that looks good, has raised the bar with its unique styling for the Ford Fiesta. The new design language looks contemporary yet futuristic on the Ford Fiesta.

The Ford Fiesta's traces its roots in a hatchback. Despite this, the boot of the car does not look fixed like some of the cars that we have seen around on the Indian roads. The job execution is perfect without the slightest hesitation. The sedan features an imposing trapezoidal grille on the lower portion of the front bumper, with the blue oval badge adorning the slat like intake. A pair of large dagger like head lamps stretched backwards gives that imperial look that the car commands. The bold and pronounced belt lines stretches from front wheel arch to the rear where it gently fades towards the boot. The rear of the car looks neat and uncluttered with a chiseled boot.

The interiors of the car though complements the car's exterior design, it feels that the design language is somewhere lost in translation on the inside. This said, the interiors are still modern and functional. The instrument console has been highly influenced by the keyboard of old mobile phones. The interiors are roomy with loads of light peeping in, thanks to the large sweeping front windshields. The interiors of the car reek of loads and loads bluish green plastics. The trunk is quite spacious to ferry your entire luggage.

The ride quality is quite decent. The Fiesta gets the conventional McPherson struts in the front and a torsion bar suspension arrangement in the rear. The steering also is quite responsive and now switches from the hydraulic to electric power steering. The Ford Fiesta is now feature studded. The sedan gets a cockpit like interior with best in class sound dampers. The Fiesta can now boast of many first in class such as cruise control and Advanced voice control system. Music lovers have many things in store such as iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and USB Port.

Like all the other Ford models, Ford Fiesta also packs in quite a few safety features. Some of the most important ones are anti-lock braking system (ABS) with EBD, Driver and Front Passenger airbags, engine immobiliser, energy absorbing bumpers with crumple zones, and Programmable keyless entry and Auto re-locking.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    Driver and Front Passenger airbags. Advanced Voice Control System. Electric Powered Steering. Overall Refinement.
  • Cons

    Poor Plastic quality.