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FORD FIESTA REVIEWS

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Ford Fiesta Review

Ford Fiesta: not just a city-slicker

SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2017 | WORDS: DREW THOMPSON | PHOTOS: DREW THOMPSON

Ford created an opportunity for exclusivity by releasing 100 Ford Fiesta Sports last month to dealerships throughout New Zealand and Driven was given the first chance to drive one.

There was a time when you could throw a pair of racing stripes on anything and it would improve a car immensely. These days you have to go a little further.

Black alloys, spoilers, tints and a sport kit will always make more impact — and making an impact is what this hatch will do, but with a punchy 1000cc engine that impact won’t be on your petrol bill.

Cue an introduction to Ford’s EcoBoost engine. You may have sneered at it as a 2.3L variant in the latest Mustang, but you would be justified in doing so only from a traditionalist’s point of view.

The EcoBoost engine has won six international engine of the year awards – in the 1.0L, not the Mustang version, so let’s gloss over that point because when that engine is in a small, lightweight vehicle it is practically perfect.



Ford Fiesta Review TradeMe

2008-2013 used car review

SOURCE: TRADEME | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS / PHOTOS: RICHARD EDWARDS (AUTO MEDIA GROUP)

The Ford Fiesta is one of the best-driving small cars you can buy. There are issues with the dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Ford Fiesta has been around since the 1970s, though wasn’t officially sold in New Zealand until the early 2000s. Three and five-door hatchbacks are available here – the sedan version was not offered. A special ECOnetic model is one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy, using around 3-litres of diesel to travel 100km. In 2013 a major update was released which, while based on this car, is significantly different.

This generation Fiesta is a little more angular and sporty in profile than the previous boxy model. At the front is a rounded nose, with headlights that stretch more than halfway up the bonnet. The side windows get higher and narrower as they go towards the back of the car. At the rear, there is a small spoiler over the window and tall taillights. Alloy wheels are standard.

The Fiesta’s interior feels well-built and durable, although the hard plastics in this later model version are not as nice as the soft touch finishes in earlier ones. The steering wheel has a sporty shape, features buttons for the cruise control and stereo, and is wrapped in leather.



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