Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Feisty Fiesta Has Been Given Fresh Appeal ; 'Ford Have Made a Good Car Even Better' Engaging Driving Dynamics Still Intact

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Feisty Fiesta Has Been Given Fresh Appeal ; 'Ford Have Made a Good Car Even Better' Engaging Driving Dynamics Still Intact

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CONTRARY to the old saying, growing up appears to be anything but a hard thing to do in the car business. This trend is most obvious in the supermini sector, where once-small, feature-poor cars have been transformed into mature and capable allrounders.

Of all the usual suspects to have experienced this transformation, Ford's Fiesta has surfaced with its engaging driving dynamics and sharp looks intact.

In its defence, this latest generation small Ford was fortunate to have been engineered correctly the first time.

Blessed with sophisticated ride qualities and a cabin designed and built to emulate the high-class ambience of the Focus and Mondeo, it had a clear advantage from birth.

Come refresh time and Ford's designers clearly took the plunge and went with the bold option, as the revised car sports a wide, dominant grille that mirrors some of its maker's more glamorous North American offerings. Inside, the Fiesta's cabin remains largely as before but the changes to the centre console are likely to generate some headlines.

In a bid to continually drive down emissions and fuel consumption, small capacity threecylinder petrol engines are starting to gain traction in the marketplace.

Ford's decision to install its first effort in the larger Focus resulted in heaps of critical acclaim and proof that the 'small enginebig car' combination works without any significant compromises.

That engine has finally found its way into the Fiesta. Predictably the 125 horsepower unit delivers a useful slug of power and proves refined at speed.

More interesting is the 100 horsepower version. The obvious question is whether sacrificing 25 horsepower in the name of economy and asking price results in a poorer driving and ownership experience.

The simple answer is no. For all the Fiesta's upmarket cabin ambience and big-car equipment, it remains an obvious choice for urban motoring with the occasional longer run thrown in for good measure. …

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