One of the most anticipated vehicle from the 2014 Auto Expo that was concluded in the earlier months, Ford Fiesta Facelift has finally arrived in the country's car market. This time around, the company introduced this sedan model in three trim levels, which are Ambiente, Trend and Titanium. Powering this model series is the same old renowned 1.5-litre, TDCi (tubo charged direct injection) based diesel motor, which received a couple of very minor updates. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 89.75bhp in combination with a pounding 204Nm of peak torque, which is exactly 1bhp and 1Nm more than its predecessor. At the same time, this model costs low in maintenance as it requires service after every 10,000 kilometers, which will be a boon to the buyers. The company claims that this sedan can now produce a mileage of approximately 25 Kmpl, which makes it a tough competitor in this segment. This latest version comes with improved exteriors featuring a brand new radiator grille, bumper and a sleek bonnet. The side and rear profiles also gets some changes in the form of tweaked ORVMs, rear bumper and alloy wheels. The top end variants is bestowed with a set of star shaped, 15-inch, 5-twin spoke alloy wheels, which gives an urbane look to this sedan. However, the Trend and Ambiente variants come with traditional steel wheels featuring full wheel covers and radial tyres. Coming to the interiors, it received some minor tweaks with up-market finish that gives a refreshing new look to the stylish cabin.
There is a charcoal black and light earth grey color scheme given inside, which is complimented by metallic and chrome inserts. This sedan is a mix of advanced technology and comfort as it is bestowed with aspects like keyless entry and push button start along with an improved audio system and more. It comes with aspects like an emergency assist system, which enables you to connect with emergency services in the unlikely even of accident. Also, it features “AppLink” function that helps you to connect to your smartphone with a simple voice command without having to fumble through phone menus. As far as safety are concerned, this 2014 version is built on super strong boron steel, which is four times stronger than conventional high strength steel. It reinforces the body at key points, thereby it forms an extra level of protection to the passengers inside. This 2014 version also comes with a ultra-rigid safety cell that creates high level of inside protection and makes it a safe place to be in. All the variants in this series come with most crucial safety features like ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, door reinforcements and several other such aspects. The company is also offering several attractive accessories as optional like leather/vinyl seat covers, sporty pedals, leather gear knob and numerous others.
The fuel economy of the new Fiesta as equally as good as the previous generation and now the economy is further enhanced on the facelift.
Power of Ford Fiesta
The oil burner on the Fiesta produce more power than their predecessors on paper and even the power difference shows.The car maker has made some refinements to its 1498cc motor, which is incorporated with a common rail injection system. It allows the motor to unleash a maximum power of 89.75bhp that results in a peak torque of 204Nm, which is ideal for city roads.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The acceleration of the new Fiesta is better than the previous Fiesta, and can be compared to competition. However, the drivability needs to improve.This 2014 version of Ford Fiesta is blessed with a refined turbo charged diesel engine that comes incorporated with common rail fuel injection system. This 1.5-litre diesel mill has the ability to reach a top speed of approximately 160 Kmph . At the same time, it can reach a speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just about 12 seconds, which is fairly decent.
Ford Fiesta Exteriors
Ford Fiesta Interior
The manufacturer has equipped this facelifted sedan with several advanced comfort features, which provides a fatigue-free traveling experience. The entry level variant comes with a manually operated air conditioning system, while the Trend and Titanium variants have been equipped with automatic air conditioning system. It also comes with height adjustable driver's along with seat belts, which further enhances the convenience inside. Also, this facelift version comes with an intelligent rear defogger, which further adds to its safety quotient. The Ambiente and Trend variants have electrically adjustable ORVMs, while the top end variants also have wing mirrors with folding function. Some of the other features include all four power windows with one touch operation, guide-me home headlamps, 100 percent foldable rear seats, electric boot release and foot well lamps. The car maker is also offering a cruise control system that helps to maintain a set speed. Apart from these, this model series also comes with ambient lighting system, rain sensing wipers, push button start with keyless entry, fuel computer, digital clock and numerous other such aspects. In addition to these, the company has also incorporated SYNC, which features voice control system that allows you to gain access to any smartphone without having to fumble across its menus. This feature is only available in the top end Titanium variant. The car maker is offering an in-car entertainment system. It features an FM/AM Radio along with an MP3 player and six speakers. It also supports connectivity for portable USB and AUX-In devices, while the audio control switches have been mounted on the steering wheel. In addition to these, this model comes with an instrument panel that features a tachometer, digital trip meter, low fuel warning lamp and driver seat belt buzzer.
Engine and Performance
Stereo & Accessories
Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The ride and handling characteristics of the Fiesta are brilliant. The ride is supple and the handling is one of the best in its segment.
This sedan's front wheels have been fitted with a set of high performance ventilated discs and the rear wheels have been fitted with conventional self adjusting drum brakes. This proficient braking mechanism is assisted by anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution , which prevents skidding on slippery roads. Furthermore, it also comes with an electric power assisted steering that supports a turning radius of 5.2 meters, which reduces the efforts required by driver while turning the car.
Safety and Security
Pros & ConsFord Fiesta Pros :
1. Refined exteriors gives it a brand new look.
2. Engine power and performance is better.
3. Low cost of maintenance is an added advantage.
4. Fuel economy is quite good.
5. Body strength is improved with Boron steel.
Ford Fiesta Cons :
1. Cost of ownership can be made competitive.
2. There is no music system in the base trim.
3. A few more comfort features can be added.
4. Low ground clearance is a disadvantage.
5. Engine noise, harshness can be reduced.