The fiesta iv had it 6 months Iv got 1.6 diesel its loud at over 60mph but its good in town and it does 60mpg cheap tax £20. It got me accross the country fine.
Iv'e had this car for about 18 months and is just over 3 years old. Visually the car is stunning with great lines and curves. The handling on it is amazing and the engine is outstanding, although being the fastest engine available in this range it could do with a few extra bhp in my opinion. The fuel economy quoted from ford on the petrol 1.6 is way off so don't expect good fuel consumption. especially on the 1.6 petrol.
town driving around 35mpg
motorway driving around 45mpg
if cruising at about 50mph 65mpg is possible but that is just breathing on the accelerator!
The dashboard and interior fittings are awful. it is basically all clipped together and over time driving on bumpy roads they all come loose and everything rattles.
I would recommend getting the 1.6 diesel version and getting a re-map done which will produce around 130bhp after, give great fuel economy and cheap tax.
I passed my test in 1998 and started on the roller coaster of finding, and trying to keep, the following cars on the road. I had an old style Nova, a metro van, another nova then I found myself falling in love with the Ford Fiesta. Starting with the 2003 style model, I have not looked back since and now I have the Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.6 TDCi in Vision Metallic. Before this car I had the Ford Fiesta Zetec in the Hot Magenta Metallic. I fell in love with it immediately so the natural progression was to go to the Titanium and I wasn't disappointed. The interior is spacious and really comfortable. I needed a car that would be suitable to transport myself and my little boy on some days and friends on others so the ability to have 3 fully grown adults in the back was a definite plus for me. I am also a photographer so the ample boot space made it really useful to get to job taking all the equipment I may need rather than having to compromise on what I have due to space. A superb Sony sound system with great speakers finish off the ideal package, for someone looking for a compact vehicle, with the attitude of a larger one. Finally, being a diesel with a car road tax at just £20 a year, in today's economical climate just makes this car a must.
Having previously owned family size saloon cars, I decided to downsize to try and reduce my ever rocketing fuel costs. I decided on the new Ford Fiesta and have to say I've been completely and thoroughly satisfied with the car.
A number of aspects of the Fiesta interested me..... the sporty design (I have the deep blue model - with the tinted rear windows); the enhanced fuel economy compared to larger engined cars, plus the overall cost benefits of having a smaller car.
I've driven the car both around town, and on long motorway journeys and its fuel consumption is overall pretty reasonable. I've done about 10,000 miles, and average consumption is 41.5 MPG.
To drive, the car is very enjoyable. It has enough gadgetry to keep me happy...radio, cd player, rear windscreen wipers, electric wing mirrors, and rear and front heated windows. The seats are comfy, and the only small frustrations I have are that although I do think its quite spacious for a hatchback, I'm quite a tall guy and with the drivers seat pushed back to fit in my legs, it limits the space in the rear (you'd fit 2 kids ok, but don't think about getting a couple of rugby players in there!!!), and also I have to crane my head forward at junctions to see out of the passenger window (if there's a passenger in the front seat).
The car's also nippy enough to handle motorways, although at higher speeds it can be quite noisy.
Around town of course its perfect - easy to manoeuvre, and great to park in those small spaces.
Going back to the question of size, I saw some conflicting comments around boot space. In my view - its quite small. Space to fit the weekly shopping, but beware if you're travelling to the airport with luggage - I could only fit in one large suitcase. And if you're a golfer, I couldn't fit my clubs in - they have to go on the back seat.
But....putting everything into perspective, the issues around space I think are minor. As a complete package, this is an excellent small, sporty good looking car, and has to be one of the best in this range on the market today.
I have driven this car through the motorbility car scheme for disabled users as my mother is disabled. I have never been fond of Ford and this is the first one I have driven. The manual gearbox is relatively smooth and the driving position is quite cost for a car of is size. Compared to other cars in its class, new clio, new peugeot I wold say that the fiesta is by far the most stylish both exterior and interior. My mothers is the titanium model which comes with colour coded interior and a sporty interior with the added benefit of n built mood lighting which comes on at nightime and illuminates the interior in a red glow. This is a very good feature for evening driving. I especially like the readiness of this car to speed up and find at speed the car holds its weight on the road comfortably and does feel bigger width wise than it actually is. We have had some problems with this car as te gearbox can be slightly tempermenal when it is cold. As this is a front wheel drice car and has a short wheel base with slim tyres it is very poor in the snow/ice and does not handle well. I would reccomend this over th elikes of its competitors as i is good value for money with a sleek stylish design.
As a district nurse I do loads of miles and when my clapped out skoda fabia began to fail in spectacular fashion I started to look around for a replacement. Asking my trusted dad for advice he took me to the act on co2 website to look for the most fuel efficient cars and those in the lowest tax band. This reduced my options down to three, I'd decided it would either be the ford fiesta, volkswagen polo, or seat ibiza, as they were all about the size I wanted with good fuel consumption and low tax.
Looks wise the fiesta just about pipped the others to the post, in hindsight I wished I'd ordered one of the bright colours but at the time I thought a black one would be easier to sell in the future so thats what I've got.
Inside the boot is really spacious which is good for me as the car acts as a mobile clinic, also I have two children so it has to double as a family car out of office hours. I can easily fit my work stuff and bags of shopping etc in the boot which is ideal. The back seats are really spacious and whilst there is three proper seat belts in the back I could not fit three car seats in there, however as I have only two children this is not a problem, I can easily fit two car seats and a small passenger in the back. However, the best bit is the front I feel really encased by the dashboard and the cd player is all built in which looks really sleek. As someone who doesn't have the time to sit and read instruction manuals I have found it really easy just to sit in and drive the car, there is not so much technology that it is scary.
The thing that really attracted me to the car was the fuel consumtion in the car literature it says about 60 miles per gallon in urban areas and almost 90 on the motorway, this alone will save me a fortune, the skoda was lucky to do 40 miles per gallon.
This car would suit many different people, as a mother I just want something safe and spacious enough for my children and their 'stuff' - the fiesta is perfect.
As a district nurse I want something that is reliable and fuel efficient - again the fiesta is perfect.
Finally as a 20 something female I want to look cool whilst I'm crusin' - and whilst the audi A3 would perhaps suit this need better, I think I look a damn site better than I did in the skoda.
In the 1970s Ford were producing the best selling cars in the UK, that was despite having only four models to offer, the Escort, Cortina, Capri & Consul/Granada.
Their models were pretty conservative, rear wheel drive with a choice of two & four door saloons & estate cars except for the sporty Capri. They were modern looking, reasonable reliable, cheap to run & they held their value quite well.
Ford could no wrong in the 1970s with a successful rally programme & a sporty image most car makers would die for, but there were problems ahead & they came from foreign countries.
Companies such as Fiat in Italy, VW in Germany, Renault in France & Datsun (Nissan) in Japan were importing small front wheel drive cars, some with hatchbacks that were proving very popular with British buyers. Although smaller on the outside than an Escort they were just as roomy, easier to park & very adaptable. Clearly if Ford wanted to remain the UK best seller of cars they had to produce a similar vehicle. However with a conservative management based in the USA it would be a tough job convincing them.
In 1972 they took the brave step to authorise the design of project 'Bobcat' a small front wheel drive car (Fords first) for the European market which would be built in Spain.
Big companies with large fleets shied away from front wheel drive cars as they were more costly to maintain & repair, so Ford who traditional sold their cars to big fleets would have a mammoth job on their hands convincing them that their new car would be cheap & simple to maintain & repair.
In 1976 the new small Ford called Fiesta was released for an anticipated audience, it lost out to the Rover 3500 as car of the year but in February 1977 it went on sale in the UK & was instantly liked.
It was modern, light weight, easy to drive, easy to repair, roomy & a right blast to drive, best of all it was cheap to run & insure & became a big seller. More models followed & during the 1980s it was one of the most popular cars on the road. I owned two early models & found them to be very reliable & great for town use.
In the 1990s the Fiesta became bigger & lost its way to stiffer competition such as the brilliant Nissan Micra but it always remained a big seller.
THE NEW FOR FIESTA
This latest Fiesta which was released in 2008 has catapulted the Fiesta back to the top in its segment of the market. No longer is it just a box on wheels but a very streamlined small car, thanks in part to some very eye catching colours. Ford has successfully managed to keep the Fiesta ahead of the competition in the 'looks' department.
Ford call it 'kinetic' engineering that makes the car look like its moving when it's standing still...................quite! I beg to differ but there is no doubt that the new Fiesta is eye catching.
It has grown quite considerably from the size of the original Fiesta & is more like the original Escort size. From the outside the general finish is excellent with loads of neat chrome effect which gives the Fiesta a classy look. The front doors on the two door model are large & heavy with nice chunky door handles. Paintwork finish is good & all the gaps around the panels are even & tight.
Step inside & you quickly realise that the interior is just a stylish as the outside. As soon as you open the door the instruments light up & there are handy foot well lights.
The centre of the dash looks like a giant mobile phone with similar functions which with all the best intentions doesn't work so well in a car. There is loads of well finished fake aluminium on the dash which looks good. At the top of the centre of the dash is a readout for information regarding radio channels, outside temperature, fuel consumption etc. The languages can be changed but my only criticism is the red display which maybe easy on the eye when it's dark but fails to impress me otherwise.
Front seats are very comfortable & come with height adjuster; with an adjustable steering column it is very easy to get a comfortable driving position. Room in the back is acceptable but the rear seats not so comfy. Oddment space could be better but at least there is a decent sized glove box & a cubby hole to store an ipod with a socket nearby. General finish inside in very good, the dash top is fitted with a decent plastic cover although lower dash plastics are not so good they are of a better quality than many of the Fiestas competitors.
The boot is a good size for a small car & the rear seats can folded down to increase space. Although some models come with a spare tyre, the diesel model I tested didn't, Ford provide a 'get you home' repair kit & electric tyre pump, this won't be to everyone's satisfaction.
Equipment levels are decent on the model I drove with air condition, alloy wheel, driving lamps, ipod connection & a decent radio CD.
DRIVING THE FIESTA
Although I have driven quieter diesel cars the Fiesta only becomes noisy when you accelerate hard, otherwise engine noise levels are reasonably subdued. The engine gives great acceleration for a diesel model & would leave many similar sized petrol engines standing. Needless to say it keeps up with the flow of traffic without any problems.
Gear change is very slick thanks to the cable operated gear change & the clutch is very smooth, however after I drove a number of models they all suffered form an annoying creak when the clutch pedal was depressed.
Steering feels good, not to light or heavy at parking speeds which contributed to the Fiesta's excellent handling on country roads. This is a car that could be driven quite enthusiastly without many problems. The general ride is very smooth & only gets caught out on severe pot holed roads.
With its stunning looks & general decent build quality the Fiesta is once again leader of the pack. Running costs are likely to be very low, emission levels are very good indeed & if reliability can be sustained then Ford has a real 'cracker' of a car on offer.
Often drive one of these new fiesta's in black, and must say its really good. Drives really well, and is responsive and easy to handle on the road. Inside the car it is set out really nicely and all the functions are simple and easy to use.
The car is modest on fuel, and tends to do quite a high number of miles to the gallon in my experience. Never had an problems with the car, and have found it a real pleasure to drive.
Car provides good value for money, and although not cheap provides a good quality build with it.
Outside the new shape car looks really good, and certainly attracts people to it, in black it looks sporty and the new shape makes it stand out over other fiesta's in my opinion. Although the size has increased since the last model it still remains on of the best sporty small hatchbacks that money can buy on todays market.
We got this car on Dec 22 and have already decided that it's far better than the last model and probably besta any other car of it's class today.
The styling you can see, personally, I think it's very fresh and my wife likes the "Hot Magenta" colour, and the greeny one.
Interior: The driving position is excellent. The seats are very comfortable and supportive. Feels like your sitting in the seat, not just on it. The visibility is is excellent. I was concerned about the smaller rear window, but it's actually fine. Instrumentation is very clear, and the switches and knobs are precise and feel solid.
The car drives very well. Engine is very responsive and, as you'd expect in a car of this size, has all the speed you could want. It's a bit early to talk about fuel consumption, but I the display tells us we're getting 41mpg which is pretty good as most of the time it's either a compute from Essex into East London, or short trips (5 miles ish) through country lanes.
Audio is very good, and the bluetooth for the phone works very well.
The boot is a bit small, but that's kinda what you expect in a car of this size.
Overall, we're very pleased with the car and if you're in the market for a car of this size you'd be mad not to test drive it.