The new Ford Fiesta Active

2019 Ford Fiesta Active Review

The new Ford Fiesta Active
The new Ford Fiesta Active

Caroline reviews the 2019 Ford Fiesta Active.

The Ford Fiesta is one of Ireland’s favourite small cars with the sort of ubiquity that’s both very reassuring but also quite tiresome if you want a small car that is more original. But buyers now might find that individuality in the new Ford Fiesta Active.

The Ford Fiesta Active is the first of Ford’s new Active series, where they take regular models like the Fiesta and Focus and give them an SUV-inspired makeover.

I didn’t think I would like the Fiesta Active much to be honest, expecting it just to be a more expensive Fiesta with a mediocre styling kit. But the little quirky Fiesta that thinks it’s an SUV is actually a very smart buy indeed.

The Fiesta range currently kicks off at €15,377, with the five door Active model starting from €18,885 for Active 1, and €20,150 for Active 2, as tested here. Under the bonnet you get Ford's excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine (85hp or 100hp) mated to a six speed manual gearbox, as opposed to the naturally aspirated 1.0-litre in some of the entry models.

The Ford Fiesta Active comes with Ford's excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine
The Ford Fiesta Active comes with Ford's excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine

What does the Ford Fiesta Active look like?

Ford has raised the Fiesta Active up a little so that it has more presence on the road and added a host of extras for a rugged, off-road look. Cosmetic updates include roof rails, black roof and door mirrors, and dark cladding that flows from the front bumper lip, through the wheel arches and side profile to the rear. There’s also a front and rear scuff plate and a black grille with a unique mesh pattern. The look is finished off with 17" five-spoke alloy wheels with a Shadow Black machined finish. The Frozen White body colour set off the styling kit nicely but there’s also a special launch colour, Lux Yellow.

Inside, the 2019 Ford Fiesta Active is bright and funky with an orange accent colour used in the seat upholstery and on other trim elements. The Fiesta is kitted out well with technology features and there’s a mature feel behind the wheel with a good quality finish. It’s just very easy to feel at home in here. The Active 2 model on test also has a B&O Play Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, 8” touchscreen, cruise control, auto high beam, driver alert, traffic sign recognition and rain sensing wipers.

Interior dimensions remain the same but the Fiesta is a comfortable and practical small car. It will seat five and feels roomy and practical for this class of vehicle.

The interior of the new Ford Fiesta Active
The interior of the new Ford Fiesta Active

What's different about the Ford Fiesta Active?

The Ford Fiesta Active ride height has been increased by 18 millimetres over the standard Fiesta and it has a wider track by 10 millimetres. This gives the car more presence on the road as well as greater rough road capability and a higher driving position.

Under the skin, Ford has made a few changes to the Fiesta Active to cope with the raised ride height and add some more utility over slippery surfaces. Optimised front shock absorbers feature a new hydraulic rebound stopper to smooth out bumps or jolts when driving over rough surfaces. Unique knuckle geometry for the suspension and bespoke settings for the springs and shock absorbers combine with revised electric power-assisted steering and electronic stability control (ESC) tuning for enhanced comfort and responsiveness across a multitude of surfaces.

The Fiesta Active also features ‘Drive Mode’ technology that allows drivers to choose between Normal, Eco and Slippery modes with the press of a button. Slippery mode is ideal for surfaces with reduced grip such as snow and ice. It reduces wheel spin, including when pulling away from stationary.

The Ford Fiesta Active is on sale priced from €18,885
The Ford Fiesta Active is on sale priced from €18,885

Driving the 2019 Ford Fiesta Active

On the road, the 2019 Ford Fiesta Active immediately impresses. It delivers everything you could want from a small car including a perky engine and agile driving character, great for nipping around the place. Even beyond the confines of town, the Fiesta is also a great motorway companion with good stability and refinement. It is a fun, fun car to drive. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.2l/100km.

The Ford Fiesta is deservedly one of Ireland’s best-loved small cars and the Active model adds a very appealing SUV-inspired look to the Fiesta. There are no sacrifices to the Fiesta’s practicality and there are no surprises either in that the Fiesta’s magic formula appears only to have been enhanced with a more individual look. Ford Ireland is offering this high spec vehicle now at a good price considering the level of equipment and the addition of the powerful and fun 1.0 EcoBoost petrol engine. All of this makes the Ford Fiesta Active a very smart buy indeed!

The Ford Fiesta Active is a fantastic small car with a very individual look
The Ford Fiesta Active is a fantastic small car with a very individual look

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Fiesta Active 2 1.0-litre EcoBoost
Price: 
€20,150 (Range from €15,377)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
100hp
Torque: 170Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.5 seconds
Top speed: 185km/h
Economy: 
5.7-6.0/100km
CO2 emissions:  
128-135g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


The new Ford Mustang Bullitt pictured at Mondello Park

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt First Drive Review

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt pictured at Mondello Park
The new Ford Mustang Bullitt pictured at Mondello Park

The Ford Mustang Bullitt has just arrived in Ireland. This special edition of the Mustang V8 was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary film starring Steve McQueen. Caroline recently drove the new Ford Mustang Bullitt at the Irish launch of the car at Mondello Park.

Styling

The Ford Mustang Bullitt plays homage to the original Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt. The pony has been removed from the grille and at the back the Bullitt logo replaces the GT one. The Mustang Bullitt also features a black grille, unique 19” black alloys with red Brembo brake calipers and black NitroPlate exhaust tips. The car is available in either classic Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black.

Interior

The interior features Recaro sports seats with green stitching, a Bullitt logo on the steering wheel, and an individually numbered plaque in place of the traditional Mustang emblem on the passenger-side dashboard. As a nod to the original car’s interior, the gear shifter features a white cue ball gearshift knob. The Mustang Bullitt also gets Ford’s 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and B&O PLAY audio system delivering 1,000 watts through 12 high-performance speakers.

Engines

The Ford Mustang Bullitt is powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced with an Open Air Induction System, uprated intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and unique powertrain control module calibration. It produces 460 hp and 529 Nm of torque, with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. The Mustang Bullitt also introduces new rev-matching technology for seamless gear changes accompanied by a blip of the engine when downshifting. An active valve performance exhaust system enhances the V8’s signature sound.

The interior of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt
The interior of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt

On the road

The current generation of the Ford Mustang has been tuned for European roads and driving style. That means that the steering and chassis all feel more friendly and dynamic. So if you show up at a racing track in your Mustang Bullitt you can actually put on a decent show, while the straight line speed is pretty ferocious also. The MagneRide dampers fitted to this Mustang Bullitt improve things even more, so the car feels less unwieldy. The V8 is nosier in this Bullitt configuration also. Wahey!

Pricing

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale in Ireland priced from €73,092.

Verdict

The Ford Mustang Bullitt  benefits from that makeover the Mustang got last year and the MagneRide dampers just make a big car feel less clumsy and more sporty. The Ford Mustang Bullitt is not just a novelty cosmetic makeover; the engine upgrades and exhaust magic make this the ultimate Mustang on sale in Ireland right now.

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale from €73,092
The new Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale from €73,092

Caroline Kidd


The new Ford Fiesta ST

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Review

The new Ford Fiesta ST
The new Ford Fiesta ST

Caroline drives the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST!

The last generation of the Ford Fiesta ST pretty much reached legendary status as the best compact hot hatchback you could buy. Now Ford is back with a new generation of the Fiesta ST developed by Ford Performance. So has the best just got better?

Pricing in Ireland for the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST starts at just €25,277 for the ST2 and €27,710 for the ST3 as tested here.

This time Ford is getting the party started under the bonnet of the Fiesta ST with a new engine. The 1.6-litre four cylinder turbo petrol engine has been replaced with a 1.5-litre three cylinder turbo engine. There’s a new turbocharger that uses an optimised turbine design to build boost pressure faster and minimise lag for a more responsive driving experience. Power is set at 200hp, while there is a boost in torque to 290Nm. This means that the new ST is good for the 0-100 kmh sprint in 6.5 seconds, going on to a top speed of 232km/h.

On the road in the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST

But numbers are just numbers. How does this new engine feel in the car? Blooming marvellous I’m happy to report.  There may be one less cylinder but the ST’s new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine performs in a way that certainly does not reek of deprivation. No, it’s responsive, delivering naturally high torque at low rpm and it’s all lavish burbles and pops and bangs as you are carried through the rev range. It delivers the youthful enthusiasm that’s synonymous with a young pup like the Fiesta ST.

The six speed manual gearbox is nice to use and further engages you in the driving experience. There are also selectable drive modes for the first time (Normal, Sport and Track) that adjust the engine, steering and stability controls.

The interior of new Ford Fiesta ST
The interior of new Ford Fiesta ST

In fact the whole experience behind the wheel of the Fiesta ST is one of tactile involvement and track bred athleticism. The best way I can describe the Fiesta ST is to say that it feels like an elastic band through bends – there’s an agility mixed with a tautness that keeps everything just super poised and precise. Granted my test car was fitted with a €950 option pack that added Launch Control (woohoo!) and a mechanical limited slip differential helping to optimise front-end traction during cornering. But on all STs, Ford-patented force vectoring springs support sharper turn-in and responsiveness and improve the stability, agility and responsiveness of the twist-beam rear suspension.

The trade off is a firm ride due to a stiff ST suspension setting that means that the ST can hop around a bit beneath you on what looks like a smooth road. But it’s not so unforgiving as to make it a nightmare for daily use on Irish roads.

Smart and sporty hot hatchback

The ST treatment transforms the Fiesta into a smart hot hatch. There’s a new signature colour called Performance Blue, pictured here. The Fiesta ST in my opinion looks rad in the metal with a lower, wider stance than more basic Fiestas. ST2 gets 17” alloys, while ST3 gets 18” alloys. There’s also halogen projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights, rear LEDs, unique ST-design full body-styling kit, large rear spoiler, dual chrome exhaust.

The Ford Fiesta ST goes on sale from €25,277 in Ireland
The Ford Fiesta ST goes on sale from €25,277 in Ireland

Inside the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST

Otherwise this is a relatively practical small car. The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is available now from launch in both three-door and five-door body styles. It’s supermini sized – no less and no more.

Inside the most notable addition is a set of fantastic Recaro sports seats. There’s also an ST gearknob and flat-bottomed steering wheel with stitching that is replicated on the leather handbrake lever and gear-lever gaiter. The ST benefits from the new Ford Fiesta interior that debuted in summer 2017. Infotainment is centred around an upright touchscreen with smartphone compatibility.

Standard equipment includes cruise control, keyless start, heated front seats, ambient lighting, Ford SYNC 3 with 8” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, NCAP pack including lane-keeping alert and lane-keeping aid, speed limiter, rear seatbelt minder, rear centre headrest and auto headlamps.

Fiesta ST 3 adds powerfold mirrors, partial leather Recaro performance seats, navigation, keyless entry, rear view camera, rear parking sensors, auto highbeam, driver alert and traffic sign recognition, auto wipers and auto dimming mirror, and leather steering wheel with red stitching.

What are the running costs like?

The Fiesta ST’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine features an industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine to improve fuel efficiency. It can shut down one cylinder under low load to reduce fuel consumption, for example when cruising on the motorway. Motor tax for the new Ford Fiesta ST is €280 per year. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.8l/100km.

The Ford Fiesta ST now uses a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine
The Ford Fiesta ST now uses a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine

After spending a week with the Ford Fiesta ST, I liked this car the most for its practicality while also offering a great hot hatchback experience with plenty of noise and power. The handling prowess of the new ST is also worth noting. Ford know how to make hot hatches that appeal to that primal part of the human condition that loves raw power, noise and agility.

It's good news that the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is also improved on the aesthetic side of things, and it gains from a larger interior and improved quality and finish.

Losing a cylinder has not damaged the ST in my opinion; it's actually made the car even more beguiling. Rivals like the Polo GTI and 208 GTi are good, but they just don't quite have the same level of primal appeal as the Fiesta ST.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Fiesta ST3
Price: 
€27,710 (€29,100 as tested with options)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
200 hp
Torque: 290 Nm
0-100km/h:  
6.5 seconds
Top speed: 232 km/h
Economy: 
6.0l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
136g/km
Motor tax: 
€280 per year

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is rapturous good fun!
The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is rapturous good fun!

Ford Today FM Dermot&Dave

Ford Is New Sponsor Of TodayFM’s Dermot & Dave Show

Ford has been named as the new sponsor of TodayFM’s Dermot & Dave Show.  One of the most popular shows on the station, the Dermot & Dave Show is broadcast Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon.

Speaking about the year-long sponsorship agreement, Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be named title sponsor of the hugely popular Dermot & Dave Show. Like the legions of other listeners of the show, I really enjoy the interaction between Dermot & Dave on the radio and we are excited to reconnect with the lads following their involvement in past promotions with Ford, including last year’s ‘Find a Ford’ activation and the 2016 Mustang Run event with son of Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, that marked the arrival of the iconic Mustang in Ireland”.

Commenting on the new partnership, Dermot & Dave said: “We are thrilled to have Ford on board as sponsor, they are a great brand with great heritage in Ireland and a very good fit for our show”.

Ford will use the sponsorship to highlight innovative new products and services that the company is rolling out in Ireland, beginning with the arrival of the new Ford Mondeo HEV, the first hybrid electric vehicle that the company is offering in Ireland.


Ford Edge ST-Line

Ford Completes Sporty ST-Line Range In Ireland With New Models

Ford Ireland has completed its new ST-Line range of models inspired by Ford Performance vehicles.

ST-Line is now available across the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and S-MAX ranges.

These models feature sportier styling and enhanced sporty driving dynamics. All Ford ST-Line models come with sport suspension, unique body kits and alloy wheel designs, sport seats, sports steering wheel and special interior details.

Both EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engine options feature in the ST-Line range including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with up to 125PS for the Ford EcoSport ST-Line and the 2.0-litre TDCi with up to 210PS for the Ford Edge ST-Line.

According to Ford, the new ST-Line range is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s ST models, but do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies.

ST-Line Proving Popular With Ford's Irish Customers

“Our full ST-Line range makes it easier for even more customers to experience the sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, Fiesta ST200, Mustang and Ford GT supercar” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland.

With its sporty looks, extra powered engines and good value, the previously launched Fiesta and Focus ST-Line models have caught the eye of a wide swathe of Irish buyers and I am sure these latest ST-Line models will equally attract the attention of discerning buyers over the coming months.”

For more information visit www.ford.ie


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.

Ford Fiesta review ireland
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.

Ford Fiesta review ireland
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


Ford Mustang Coupé review ireland

2017 Ford Mustang Coupé Review

At the beginning of 2017 I was lucky enough to test drive the new Ford Mustang Convertible. I didn’t expect to have this car again until at least 2018 when a revised model is set to arrive in Ireland. But when Ford Ireland offered me the chance to get behind the wheel of their pony car again, I wasn’t going to refuse.

This time it was a ‘Grabber Blue’ Ford Mustang Coupé. Under the bonnet sat the 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder ‘EcoBoost’ petrol engine. Purists would call this Mustang-lite but the Mustang EcoBoost makes more financial sense for every day driving and to be fair this car is never short of drama.

My initial mortification of driving the most obvious car in Dublin eventually subsided and I began to enjoy this big pony. The week I had the car I happened to be doing a lot of city driving. You couldn’t call the Mustang a city car but soon I was skipping around corners and surging away from traffic lights with aplomb.

The Ford Mustang is cool. It’s impossible not to be seduced by its rawness and brute masculinity. Inside the build quality and design is nothing special but the steering wheel with pony logo, ‘ground speed’ speedometer and retro style buttons just keep reminding you this is a special piece of Americana.

Ford Mustang Coupé
Interior of the Ford Mustang Coupé

On the road, the Mustang feels big and unwieldy at first. Visibility is not amazing to the rear but you soon get used to it. For sure, it’s never going to be as agile as a hot hatch but the handling is good for our European roads. It’s excellent for long distance travel with a refined interior ambience and it’s comfortable too.

The engine makes the car. I don’t know anything that sounds so strong and muscular as the 2.3-litre Mustang EcoBoost. Okay this one would be eclipsed by the Mustang GT with it’s mighty V8 engine (and €2350 motor tax), but Ford has still managed to bottle that classic muscle car sound and feeling in the EcoBoost.

The Mustang EcoBoost has 317hp and 0 to 100kmh is 5.8 seconds but because of the weight of the car it never feels exceptionally fast. But the way the car surges forward when you accelerate hard is pure magic. Pure muscle.

So how much does this all cost? The Mustang EcoBoost starts from €55,500 while the Mustang GT starts from €71,500. Standard equipment includes 19” alloys, sports style, part leather front seats, ambient lighting, xenon headlamps, rear view camera, cruise control, keyless start, Ford Sync 3 infotainment with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, and dual zone climate control.

Ford Mustang Coupé
There's nothing quite like the Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an absolute icon and it doesn’t take much time behind the wheel to be utterly seduced by the Mustang’s raw charm. An American muscle car on Irish roads might seem ridiculous but the Mustang will brighten up any commute. It’s not the last word in luxury nor a dynamic delight, but its charisma is priceless.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Mustang Coupé EcoBoost
Price: 
€58,400 incl. options (Range starts at €55,500)
Engine: 2.3-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
317hp
Torque: 434Nm
0-100km/h:  
5.8 seconds
Top speed: 233km/h
Economy: 
8l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
179g/km
Motor tax: 
€750 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.

2017 Ford Fiesta
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.

Ford EcoBoost
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