Ford Fiesta review ireland

2018 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Review

Ford has taken the softly softly approach with their new generation of the bestselling Ford Fiesta. Now on its seventh generation, the development of the new Ford Fiesta was more of a refining exercise than a radical overhaul.

But why mess too much with a winning formula? The Ford Fiesta was Ireland’s bestselling small car in 2017 and the car has the sort of name recognition that many can only dream of. The Irish public have been on first name terms with the Fiesta since it first arrived over 40 years ago and Ford has made the package that little bit more appealing again for 2018.

The Fiesta’s styling has been tweaked to accommodate a slightly wider and longer body, while the introduction of new circular LED daytime running lights at the front are a sharp new distinguishing feature. At the back the rear light clusters are horizontal rather than vertical.

In latter years, the interior of the Ford Fiesta had started to look very old and dated so out goes the old and in with a new, more modern layout for generation seven. All but the entry level model come with an 6.5” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior of the Fiesta now looks less drab and of better quality.

Up front shoulder room is good for driver and passenger. There is more legroom for rear seat passengers but against rivals like the Honda Jazz and Skoda Fabia, the Ford Fiesta doesn’t look particularly generous in that regard. The boot is an average 292 litres though it’s by no mean impractical.

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The interior of the Ford Fiesta

In Ireland engine choices for new Fiesta include 1.1-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines with 70 or 85hp, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol EcoBoost with 100hp and a 1.5-litre diesel with 85hp. My test car was powered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and it’s nippy around town while also carrying enough robustness and flexibility for strong performance out of town on bigger roads and motorways. It scores well for refinement with no infuriating noise or vibration and I returned about 47 mpg over a week long test drive.

The new Ford Fiesta seems to have taken a step forward in comfort and refinement in this new generation. On the move, it’s very stable and settled, but it’s also good fun when the roads get a bit twistier. There’s a new suspension and cornering grip has been improved by 10%, while braking distances have been improved by 8%. The car moves through bends at speed with minimal body roll and with unrivalled steering precision.

In Ireland the new Fiesta goes on sale from €16,650 for a Zetec model that includes 15” steel wheels with covers, electric/heated mirrors with indicators, Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Aid, Speed Limiter, auto lights, ESP with Hill Start Assist, MyKey, Ford AM/FM radio with 4.2” TFT screen, Bluetooth with My Ford Device Dock, manual air conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking.

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The Ford Fiesta is a small car with universal appeal

Titanium models start from €19,050 and include 15” alloys, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with cornering lights, chrome belt line finisher, chrome upper grille, Ford SYNC 3 DAB radio with 6.5” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Quickclear heated windscreen, 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls and a Thatcham alarm.

There’s also a sporty looking ST-Line range from €19,850 and an upscale Vignale range from €26,530.

The Ford Fiesta is not the poshest supermini and it’s not the biggest but the Fiesta’s comfort, refinement and mature road manners give it universal appeal. The modern interior and addition of more technology once again make the Ford Fiesta a formidable contender in its segment.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost 100hp Titanium
Price: 
€20,150 (Range from €16,650)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
100hp
Torque: 170Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.5 seconds
Top speed: 185km/h
Economy: 
4.3/100km
CO2 emissions:  
97g/km
Motor tax: 
€180 per year


2017 Ford Fiesta

Irish Pricing And Specs For New Ford Fiesta

The new Ford Fiesta has arrived in Ireland priced from €16,550.

At launch, the new Ford Fiesta is available in Zetec and Titanium trim, with Vignale and ST-Line to join before the end of 2017.

Standard equipment on Zetec (from €16,550 3 door/€17,150 5 door) includes 15” steel wheels with covers, electric/heated mirrors with indicators, Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Aid, Speed Limiter, auto lights, ESP with Hill Start Assist, MyKey, Ford AM/FM radio with 4.2” TFT screen, Bluetooth with My Ford Device Dock, manual air conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking.

Titanium (from €18,950/5 door only) adds 15” alloys, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with cornering lights, chrome belt line finisher, chrome upper grille, Ford SYNC 3 DAB radio with 6.5” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Quickclear heated windscreen, 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls and a Thatcham alarm.

In Ireland, Ford is offering the new Fiesta with an entry level 1.1-litre non-turbo petrol engine (70 or 85hp), Ford's award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol (100hp), or a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel (85hp).

Higher power outputs of the EcoBoost (125 and 140hp) and TDCi (120hp) will be available by special order, but demand is expected to be low.

Pricing for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost starts from €19,500, while the 1.5-litre diesel in the Fiesta starts from €18,935.

Read my first drive review of the new Ford Fiesta here.

The Ford Fiesta is in dealers now.

Caroline Kidd


2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta International First Drive Review

The Ford Fiesta is consistently one of Ireland’s bestselling cars and this summer an all-new model will arrive here. I went to Valladolid, Spain to check out the new 2017 model.

Styling

The new Ford Fiesta has been subtly restyled and the shape will be very recognisable to any current Fiesta owners. The most obvious change is at the back where the rear light clusters are fixed horizontally and integrated into the boot lid. There are a total of twelve colours including old favourites like Race Red, Moondust Silver and Deep Impact Blue, and new ones like Blue Wave and Chrome Copper, and Milano Grigio exclusive to upscale Vignale versions.

Interior

Ford has paid particular attention to overhauling the interior of the new Fiesta and has switched to a more modern layout with a touchscreen coming as standard on all but the entry level Zetec model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now a feature. The layout is much simpler and cleaner than the old car, while the new steering wheel is a grown-up affair like the one in the Focus. The interior quality compares well to the competition with a good mix of materials, but there are some harder, scratchier plastics in the lower half of the dash. Top spec Vignale models have hexagonal-quilted, tuxedo-stitched leather seats.

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The interior of the new Ford Fiesta

Practicality

Most rivals are switching to five door formats only, but new Fiesta bucks the trend with both a three and a five door available. The new Fiesta is a bit wider and longer than the outgoing model, and there is more legroom in the back. Boot space has not improved much and sits at an average 292 litres. There is an optional false floor for the boot that gives a flat loading area.

Engines

New Fiesta will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines but in Ireland expect the naturally aspirated 1.1-litre petrol with 70hp to still account for the majority of sales. Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be available with a choice of 100, 125 or 140hp, while the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 120hp is also available.  A new six-speed manual transmission helps deliver CO2 emissions from 82g/km, and fuel efficiency from 3.2l/100km on some models.

At the launch, the 1.5-litre TDCi and 1.0-litre EcoBoost 140hp were available for test drives. The refinement and power of the diesel were impressive, while the EcoBoost is a smooth, quiet drive with plenty of power and flexibility.

On the road

Ford has given the Fiesta a new suspension and Electronic Torque Vectoring Control. Cornering grip has been improved by 10% and braking distances have been improved by 8%. The Fiesta has always been much applauded for its excellent driving dynamics but there appears to have been a real step up in comfort and refinement, while grip and road holding ability are still excellent making the Fiesta a competent drive whether on motorway, in town or on country roads.

Equipment

In Ireland, the new Ford Fiesta will be initially available in Zetec and Titanium trims. A sporty ST-Line and more luxurious Vignale model will arrive in late 2017. The Fiesta is available with a number of driver assistance technologies including a Pre Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Information System, and Lane Keeping Alert. Comfort features include a premium B&O PLAY Sound System, auto high beam, opening panoramic glass roof, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with touchscreens of up to 8” in size.

2017 Ford Fiesta
The new Ford Fiesta will arrive in Ireland at the end of July, priced from €16,550.

Pricing

Pricing will start at €16,550 (Fiesta Zetec 3-door 1.1-litre petrol 70PS). Five door models will start from €17,150. More comprehensive details on the Fiesta range including full pricing will be issued when the car arrives in Ireland at the end of July.

Rivals

2017 is fast becoming the year of the small car. A slew of new models have already arrived here including the SEAT Ibiza, Citroen C3, Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra and Toyota Yaris, and all will be competing with the new Ford Fiesta.

Verdict

Ford has refined a familiar package and the new Fiesta will be even more competitive in its segment now with more technology and a much improved interior.

Caroline Kidd


Ford EcoBoost

What Is Ford EcoBoost?

Ford uses the name ‘EcoBoost’ to describe their range of turbocharged petrol engines. Engine sizes range from 1.0-litre to 3.5-litres, with between 3 and 6 cylinders. Ford’s EcoBoost engines are available across the Ford range, from mainstream models like the Fiesta and Focus, to high performance models like the Ford Fiesta ST, Focus RS and Mustang.

EcoBoost engines combine direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to allow a smaller engine to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% over larger engines, but still maintain competitive performance.

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines appeared for the first time in Europe in the Ford Focus in 2012 and were launched at a time when car manufacturers were exploring engine downsizing to improve fuel economy and lower emissions, but maintain the power of a larger engine.

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Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine

In 2016, Ford’s three cylinder 1.0‑litre EcoBoost engine was voted “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the fifth time. One in five all-new Ford vehicles sold in Europe in 2015 were equipped with the 1.0-litre unit, including almost two in five Fiestas.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol is available in Ireland with different power outputs in the Fiesta, EcoSport, Focus and C-MAX.

EcoBoost technology also appears in high performance models from the Ford range. The Fiesta ST produces 182hp from a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. The Focus ST produces 247hp from a 2.0-litre EcoBoost. The Ford Mustang EcoBoost produces 312hp from a 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine.

Rival brands have also in recent years come up with their own range of small, turbocharged petrol engines, including Volkswagen, Kia, Peugeot/Citroen, Suzuki and Opel.

Read some reviews of Ford’s EcoBoost models below:

Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost (125hp)

Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost (125hp)

Ford Mustang 2.3--litre EcoBoost (312hp)

Caroline Kidd


The 2016 Ford Fiesta Black Edition

Ford Fiesta Black Edition (2016) Review

The 2016 Ford Fiesta Black Edition
The 2016 Ford Fiesta Black Edition

Scroll down to watch my video review of the new Ford Fiesta Black Edition!

The Ford Fiesta is Ireland’s bestselling supermini but if you thought that the Fiesta was just too common to be cool, Ford has a solution. Two very special editions have joined the Fiesta range – the Fiesta Red Edition and the Fiesta Black Edition.  These new models are about making a bold statement on the road (cue contrast red and black colour schemes). Ford’s acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine promises the sporty performance to match the headturning looks.

For the Fiesta Black Edition, that’s Panther Black paint, gloss red roof and door mirrors, 16” black alloy wheels, spoiler, body kit and some lovely red lipstick around the grille. The Fiesta Red Edition comes in Race Red with gloss black roof and detailing. You will get attention driving these cars!

Inside the 2016 Ford Fiesta Black Edition

The red and black theme continues inside. The seats are red and grey, gloss black surrounds the centre console and the steering wheel, gear gaiter and mats all have red stitching. It does feel a bit special. It makes the Fiesta’s somewhat dated interior a bit more palatable and exciting.

These two new models won’t be the most practical Fiestas you can buy. The Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition are sold as three door only but the interior space is not bad at all. There is 276 litres of boot space, with a spare wheel included.

For the Irish market, Ford’s much acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine provides the power. Here it’s tuned to produce 125PS (123bhp). The engine boasts low running costs with emissions of just 99g CO2 meaning that the car qualifies for motor tax of just €180. The official economy is 66mpg – I saw high forties during my test drive.

Ford has tweaked the Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition to give them an even sportier drive. The gearing for the five speed manual transmission has been revised. The steering has been tuned to enhance feedback and there’s a stiffer, lower suspension set-up compared to a normal Fiesta.

The interior of the Fiesta Black Edition
The interior of the Fiesta Black Edition

Driving the Fiesta Ecoboost

The engine is not the star of the show here. Yes it’s very refined for a three cylinder unit and it’s quick. But the acceleration is not going to blow your socks off, nor is the noise of the engine for that matter. 100kmh from a standstill takes 9.4 seconds and there is a modest 200Nm of torque to pull you along. The engine makes a pleasing ‘brrrrr’ but you won’t wake the neighbours every time you start up the car. It’s not such a hooligan as the looks of the car would suggest.

But it’s impossible not to fall in love with this car. It handles with the verve of a much more expensive car. The chassis is so playful and the steering weights up perfectly so you never feel anything less than 100% in communication with what’s going on underneath when you want to move quickly through a series of corners. The Fiesta relishes the twisty stuff.  You will be amazed at the speed you can carry safely into a corner in this car before it starts to understeer. You can get on the power quickly in the corners because it just grips, always feeling taut on its springs.

And for all the sporty handling, this is no boneshaker and there really is very little compromise in the way of comfort.

Did you like it?

The Fiesta Black Edition and Fiesta Red Edition are priced at €21,800 and are very much aimed at those seeking something a bit more special from their supermini. Aside from the visual upgrades inside and out, equipment includes air con, Ford Sync with Bluetooth and voice control, electric windows and mirrors, and leather trimmed steering wheel.

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The only real sticking point I can think of with this car that might see it overlooked for a rival is the fact that Ford Sync is a bit dated and a touchscreen system would be much easier to use. But because the car is so damn good to drive and tickles the inner boy racer, it seems petty to dwell too much on that.

So we’ve established that the Fiesta Black Edition won’t give you the full on hot hatch experience because the engine is just not powerful or noisy enough for that. You will be still left wanting for the Fiesta ST if that’s your motivation, which is about €5000 more.

But the small EcoBoost engine in the Fiesta Black Edition does have its advantages. These are low running costs for what’s still a powerful offering in a supermini.

The biggest asset here though is the Fiesta’s fine handling. It really is a hard car to beat for just pure driving enjoyment!

Now read our latest review of the Ford Fiesta!

Great small car!
Great small car!

Model tested: Ford Fiesta Black Edition
Price: 
€21,800 (Fiesta range from €15,990)
Engine: 
1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged petrol
Power: 
123bhp (125PS)
0-100km/h: 
9.4 seconds
Economy: 
66mpg (4.3/100km)
CO2 emissions:  
99g/km
Tax band: 
A2 (€180 per year)

Caroline Kidd


Ford Fiesta vs Opel Corsa Twin Test Review!

Ford Fiesta vs Opel Corsa (2015) Review

Ford Fiesta vs Opel Corsa: Small Hatchback Twin Test

The Ford Fiesta vs the Opel Corsa in my small hatchback twin test!

The Ford Fiesta is consistently one of the bestselling small cars in Ireland. Sometimes popular cars are not always the critic’s choice, but no worries about the Fiesta - it’s universally regarded as a damn good supermini.

The Opel Corsa is another perennial favourite and with the recent arrival of the fifth generation Corsa, I thought it would be a good time to compare these two small hatchbacks side by side.

Models tested:

Opel Corsa 1.4 litre (90PS) Excite

Ford Fiesta 1.0 litre EcoBoost (65PS) Zetec

Click on the links above to read the individual reviews or scroll down for the twin test.

Note: The Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta models I drove are not direct rivals in terms of engines and power outputs, but I will make allowances for that below.

The lovely Ford Fiesta!
The lovely Ford Fiesta!

Who is the prettiest of all the superminis?

In 2013, the Ford Fiesta got a facelift, making it the first in the European Ford range to wear Ford’s new trapezoidal grille. The effect of this facelift should not be underestimated; the new grille lifts the whole look of the car.

And that’s something that can be said for the Opel Corsa too. The Corsa’s new wider, lower grille is the most obvious exterior styling change for the new Corsa and it gives the car so much more presence compared to the old model. Elsewhere, new body panels with more sculpting, and new rear light clusters, give the Corsa some contemporary style.

So Ford Fiesta vs Opel Corsa: who is better looking? I couldn’t possibly say but both definitely sport an attractive design so no one’s a loser.

Inside the Ford Fiesta and the Opel Corsa

Inside, things are much easier to call. The Opel Corsa has a brand new interior that feels classy, well-built and contemporary. The cabin in the Fiesta looks more austere when compared with that in the Corsa, and a myriad small buttons to operate the radio is off-putting. Still, the controls and switches in the Fiesta are nicely damped, and the white illuminated dials with blue needles step things up a notch in the Fiesta's favour.

But the interior of the Opel Corsa just feels a bit cooler, a bit more premium, especially with the touchscreen fitted as part of the Intellilink infotainment system.

Both cars are available as three or five door models, and the two tested here are five door models. Space-wise, up front there is little to differentiate the Corsa from the Fiesta, but in the rear the Corsa feels more spacious and the higher roof line allows very generous headroom.

The boot is a teeny bit larger in the Corsa compared to the Fiesta (285 litres vs 276 litres), but both have a high load lip, and the Ford carries a spare wheel, while the Corsa goes with just a tyre repair kit. The rear seats can be folded down in both cars, but they don’t fold down flat in either and a 60/40 split folding rear bench is not standard on the Corsa. With the rear seats folded, the Corsa offers a bit more space at 1100 litres, compared to 960 litres in the Fiesta.

The 2015 Opel Corsa
The 2015 Opel Corsa

Driving the Fiesta and the Corsa

I was really impressed with the Corsa’s road-holding ability, comfort and steering. Opel has given the Corsa a new chassis, suspension and updated the steering, so all together, it’s a more sophisticated drive for the Corsa compared to the previous model. The Ford Fiesta is still the more fun to drive of the duo; it feels more elastic, more agile and the steering is sharper.

There is a good choice of diesel and petrol engines available for both the Corsa and the Fiesta (see Engines & Economy below) and a manual or automatic gearbox is available for both. The Fiesta I drove had the 1.0 litre 65PS EcoBoost (non-turbo) petrol engine, and despite only 65PS and a 0-100kmh sprint time of a lazy 16.8 seconds, this engine is so much better than you would think. It has a lovely three cylinder thrum, loves to be revved and is really brilliant around town. In official terms, it returns just over 65mpg, though rev it too much and you will see a dip in economy. Turbo versions of the award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost are available for the Fiesta, but they do command quite a high list price.

My Corsa was fitted with the 1.4 litre 90PS petrol engine that has been brought forward from the old model and sits alongside the old 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesels. Two new 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engines have been added to the Corsa range with 90PS or 115PS. They sit at the top of the range so are quite pricey - though they are very enjoyable to drive. Nonetheless, the 1.4 litre petrol does a good job in the Corsa. There’s plenty of power for town and motorway driving, it’s nicely refined too and returns 55mpg.

The interior of the 2015 Opel Corsa
The interior of the 2015 Opel Corsa

(Some are model specific so check availability with manufacturer)

Ford Fiesta

Opel Corsa
EngineFuelCO2EconomyEngineFuelCO2Economy
1.0 EcoBoost 65PSPetrol99g/km65.7mpg1.2i 70PSPetrol126g/km52.3mpg
1.0T EcoBoost 100PSPetrol99g/km65.7mpg1.4i 90PSPetrol120g/km55.4mpg
1.0T EcoBoost 125PSPetrol99g/km65.7mpg1.0i Turbo 90PSPetrol104g/km64mpg
1.25 60PSPetrol122g/km54.3mpg1.0i Turbo 115PSPetrol115g/km57.7mpg
1.25 82PSPetrol122g/km54.3mpg1.3CDTi 75PSDiesel100g/km74.3mpg
1.5 TDCi 75PSDiesel98g/km76.4mpg1.3CDTi 95PSDiesel87g/km85.6mpg
1.6 TDCi 95PSDiesel95g/km85.6mpg

What are my options?

There are four trim levels for the Opel Corsa –  S, Excite, SE and Limited Edition – and four for the Ford Fiesta – Fiesta, Zetec, Zetec-S and Titanium. Base models for both Corsa and Fiesta get notables like tyre pressure monitoring system, front electric windows and mirrors, and hill start assist, though the Corsa gets remote central locking – you will have to stick the key in the lock to engage the central locking on the entry level Fiesta! But the Fiesta has steering wheel mounted audio controls as standard – you have to go up a trim level for those in a Corsa.

Still there are more treats in both once you start going up the trim levels. Just one step up from entry level, the Fiesta Zetec I drove had notables like alloy wheels, front fog lights, and Bluetooth. The Corsa does slightly better when you take a step up from entry level to Excite trim – as well as the alloy wheels, Bluetooth and front fog lights, you get LED daytime running lights and cruise control. Cruise control is an option for the Ford Fiesta. Air con is standard on SE trim in the Corsa and Titanium trim in the Fiesta.  With regards to infotainment, I find Opel’s Intellilink to have a more attractive interface and be a bit more user friendly than Ford’s Sync system. Both are standard on some models, or can be added as an option.

The interior of the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST - the high performance one!
The interior of the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST - the high performance one!

Which did you prefer?

The Ford Fiesta vs Opel Corsa are equally capable superminis in terms of space, practicality, and drive but there are a few marked differences between them. The Corsa has a more attractive and functional interior and is that bit more spacious in the back. Both are good cars to drive, but the Fiesta is more exciting. The two are competitively priced and you can pick up a well-specced Corsa or Fiesta in the region of €16,000-€18,000. But you will likely want to spend a bit extra for a car with more equipment.

Now which are you going to buy? Well, you may indeed fall for the charms of the Opel Corsa’s cabin. It’s where you spend most of your time for sure and the quality, attractive design, straightforward infotainment and overall execution is a major plus for the Corsa. The improvements to the car under the skin and availability of good, frugal engines mean the Opel Corsa is a far from disappointing drive.

However, if you are the type of driver that wants the best driving small hatchback, the one with that extra bit of sparkle, there’s only one option and that’s the Ford Fiesta. It feels far sportier than its demure exterior might suggest; there is athleticism about the way it dances around corners and pin sharp steering enhances your connection to the road. There is a good engine line-up too and one of the EcoBoost petrols would make a perfect mate for this baby Ford!

Opel Corsa 1.4i ExciteFord Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (non-turbo) Zetec
Price€16,495€16,850
Engine1.4 litre four cylinder petrol1.0 litre three cylinder petrol
Power90PS65PS
0-100kmh13.2 secs16.8 secs
Economy55.3mpg65.7mpg
CO2119g/km99g/km
Tax€200 per year€180 per year

 

We really liked the little Ford!
We really liked the little Ford!

Caroline Kidd