Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Zetec Has Grace and Grunt} {the Glitzy}

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Zetec Has Grace and Grunt} {the Glitzy}

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Byline: Lucy Heuston lucy.heuston@dailymercury.com.au

ANY fan of Top Gear who watched the show this week would have been stunned by Jeremy Clarkson's test driving of the new Ford Fiesta.

Challenged to do a thorough test drive, Jeremy made sure he tested everything to do with the Fiesta, by having a race around a shopping centre with a baddie, taking the car into battle alongside the British army and even testing to see if the car could swim.

So when it came to my test drive of the Fiesta Zetec, it was in the back of my mind to head to Caneland and have some fun, but reality hit and we just cruised around the streets of Mackay instead, avoiding all the puddles in our path.

Driving one of the Fiesta siblings only a few weeks ago, I was familiar with the feel of the car but the Zetec - being the top model in the range - has that extra 'wow' factor about it.

It's a fun car, not squishy like some little cars; the new Fiesta has the same quick grace of a small car but the space of a bigger vehicle.

A car with personality, it not hard to see why Jeremy was able to have fun with it, although I don't personally think it was a great idea to launch the car off a boat.

Ford said styling cues helped distinguish the Zetec from the others in the range including larger a16-inch alloy wheels and a body kit comprising unique front and rear bumper, bumper grille and larger rear spoiler and the three-door model also features sports rocker panel mouldings.

The Zetec itself has three variants: the three-door model which is powered by a 1.6-litre five-speed manual; a five-door, 1.6-litre, five-speed manual; and a five-door, 1.4-litre four-speed automatic.

The new powertrain is more powerful with the 1.6-litre Duratec Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) petrol engine, which produces 88kW of power at 6000rpm.

And then there's the 1.4-litre Durashift four-speed automatic, which produces 71kW of power at 5750rpm and 128Nm of torque at 4200rpm.

The 1.4-litre auto achieves a fuel economy of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 164 grams per kilometre. …

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