Rivervale's Guide to the New Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta remains the best selling car in the UK. We have an all-new model for 2018, so has Ford managed to make the best better?
Our Account Manager Abbie took a look around the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line ...
Exterior and Interior Features
The outside of the new Fiesta reveals some subtle tweaks. The bonnet has been smoothed out and you can now opt for an openable panoramic sunroof. Ford has listened to their customers feedback and made the following changes; windscreen wipers are now longer to clear 13% more of the windscreen, a 5 door option is available, and doors are now lighter requiring 20% less effort to close.
The Fiesta has grown slightly. It is 71mm longer and 12mm wider creating 16mm more leg room for rear passengers. The extra size has created a little more boot space with 292 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1093 litres with the rear seats folded down. You can also choose from a range of alloy wheel, roof, door mirror and body colour combinations to personalise your Fiesta.
The inside of the Fiesta has been treated to a more drastic makeover. The interior has an uncluttered, sleek, modern look. The majority of the buttons and knobs have been replaced by a central floating touchscreen. This screen comes in a range of sizes from 4.5" up to 8" and provides the means to link a smartphone and control the Fiesta's features.
Technology and driver aids
We have seen an increase in advanced technology usually associated with larger, premium vehicles making filtering down into the smaller models and the Fiesta is no exception.
As standard drivers will find Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid as well as a Speed Limiter, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Hill Start Assist. At higher trim levels or as an option, advanced technology such as;
- Advance Auto Park Assistance
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert
- Ford KeyFree System
- Rear View Camera
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Pre-Collision Assist
Ford SYNC 3
You will find Ford SYNC 3 as standard on any model from the zetec trim and up. You can integrate your smartphone to control phone calls, text messages and satellite navigation from the main touchscreen or via simple voice commands.
New Ford Fiesta Trim Levels
The Fiesta is grouped into the core models, which represent the entry level, luxury models or the sporty models. Examples of features available at each level are given below;
|Style||Zetec (additional to style)||Titanium (additional to zetec)||Titanium X (additional to titanium)||Vignale (additional to titanium X)||ST-Line (additional to style)||ST-Line X|
|15" steel wheels||15" 8-spoke alloy wheels||16" 10 spoke alloy wheels||Electric rear windows||17" 10 spoke alloy wheels||17" Rock Metallic alloy wheels||LED night signature to rear lights|
|Halogen headlights||LED daytime running lights||LED night signature on lights||Keyless Entry||Vignale front fog lamps with cornering lights||Unique ST-Line upper grille and bodystyling kit||Rear privacy glass|
|Lane keeping alert & aid||Front fog lamps with cornering lights||Rear privacy glass||Heated front seats||Unique Vignale front grille and bodystyling||LED daytime running lights||Traffic sign recognition|
|Speed limiter||Quickclear heated windscreen||Traffic sign recognition||B&O play premium audio system||Openable panorama roof||Sports tuned suspension||Auto high beam|
|Ford MyKey||Ford SYNC 3; DAB radio, 6.5" touchscreen||Auto high beam||Rear view camera||Quickclear heated windscreen||Driver alert|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system||Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||Driver alert||Rear parking sensors||Ford SYNC 3; DAB radio 6.5" touchscreen||8" touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls||8" touchscreen||Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||Cruise control|
|4.2" TFT screen||Keyless start||Sports style front seats||Rain sensing wipers|
|Manual air conditioning||Cruise control||Sports pedals|
|Rain sensing wipers||Keyless start|
Additionally the Ford Fiesta B&O PLAY series is available with the Zetec or Titanium models. This series adds a B&O Premium Audio System with 10 built in speakers and a subwoofer to your Fiesta.
Towards the end of 2018 we will also see the Fiesta Active make an appearance. This is a Fiesta inspired by the crossover, with a raised ride height and protective plastic cladding.
As of yet the Fiesta has not gained any form of electrification. There are 2 petrol engines to choose from. The 1.1 TI-VCT has power options of 70PS and 85PS while the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine offers 100PS, 125PS or 140PS. There is just 1 diesel engine, the 1.5 Duratorq TDCI with 85PS or 120PS. The 85PS version has the lowest CO2 emissions of 82g/km while the most powerful engine is the 1.0 EcoBoost 140PS with a maximum speed of 125mph and a 0-62mph time of 9 seconds.
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