Zetec 1.0T EcoBoost 100PS 5-dr
Fiesta has been the UKs
best-selling car since 2009 and was
top selling small car in
2012. Despite the economic gloom,
the weather and more competition,
last year European customers
bought a new Fiesta every two
FIFTEEN MILLION CUSTOMERS can't be wrong: that's how many Fiestas have been
sold across 62 countries worldwide since 1976 when the very first one saw the
light of day.
The UK is the most successful of all European markets for Fiesta sales and the
love affair just goes on and on. At the beginning of the year (2013) the Fiesta
received its mid-life update and UK sales are again on the up, keeping the Fiesta
at its number one position in the UK's top ten new car sales chart.
With more and more motorists downsizing, carmakers have made their smaller cars
roomier, given them 'larger car' specifications, packed them with more sophisticated
technology, made their engines more fuel- and CO2-efficient and have
made them more stylish and desirable.
latest Fiesta is a good example of these improvements. Gone is the dumpy styling
the new 2013 model year Fiesta's new bonnet and nose is unquestionably
much more stylish.
New seat fabrics and
designs feature, with
part-leather, and comfort and sport fabric trims.
patterns and textures,
stitching, also add
to the pleasing new
interior ambience, while
The new Fiesta face is dominated by a trapezoidal front grille (very Aston Martin
in looks) bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
It also features a power-dome bonnet design and is offered with 17-inch alloy
wheels. It's also more colourful, coming in a range of bright, eye-catching
colours including new Copper Pulse, Hot Mustard and Candy Blue.
Ford has relocated the electric window and heated seat switches and interior
door handles in the new Fiesta. And, depending on the specification level chosen
(Studio, Style, Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium, and Titanium X), a leather-rim steering
wheel is offered for the first time as well as a new five-inch central colour
display that supports the model's first integrated SatNav. Range-topping 180bhp
ST three-door sports versions will be topping the range shortly.
The latest Fiesta's fascia features a high-gloss finish for the upper instrument
panel and lower centre console which is replicated on the door panels. A satin-chrome
detailing finish is also offered along with Ford's signature Ice Blue lighting
to illuminate dials, switchgear and displays. Not so enlightening, the numerous
fascia switches remain cluttered and are not that logical to use.
Fresh seat materials and designs brighten the cabin, with high-quality leather,
part-leather, comfort and sport fabric trims. Eye-catching new patterns and
textures, including highlighted stitching, also add to the pleasing new interior
ambience, while additional supporting bolsters improve comfort.
The latest Fiestas also offer improved storage (boot/load space is 295 to 979
litres) including a concealed load space beneath the boot, which has an adjustable
floor height to simplify loading.
The additions and changes don't stop there because the new Fiesta is Ford's
first car in the UK to feature their MyKey technology this, for instance,
enables parents to place restrictions on younger drivers to promote safer driving.
MyKey allows personalization where the top speed can be limited to 80mph; and
its Speed Minder alert function can be programmed to sound at 45, 55 or 60mph
to improve speed awareness (it has a maximum audio limit, if desired, of 45%
of the maximum volume).
the traction control cannot be disabled, a persistent seatbelt reminder audible
alarm is included, it has an earlier 'low fuel' warning, stops the parking aid
being turned off and also prevents Active City Stop emergency braking being
might see this as a 'big brother' (or even 'big momma') intervention, but if
it stops youthful recklessness and bad road manners and improves safety and
helps reduce insurance costs then it's no bad thing.
has also equipped the latest Fiesta with Ford SYNC a voice-activated
in-car connectivity system and SYNC Emergency Assistance, which directly connects
the vehicle occupants to local emergency operators after an accident in the
UK and Europe.
The real star performers
of the line-up are
99 and 123bhp
Both produce 99g/km
of CO2 so theyre road
tax exempt and
both officially return
Also on the Fiesta's improved 'goodies' list is Active City Stop which can automatically
help avoid or mitigate low speed collisions. These are all big car features,
and important additions for a small car.
The three- and five-door hatchback range currently has nine engine options (six
petrol and three turbodiesel). Six of them have sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. The
engine line-up includes the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi ECOnetic (94bhp, 87g/km, 85.6mpg)
unit with zero-cost road tax and 13% Benefit-in-Kind tax for high-mileage company
But the real star performers of the line-up are Ford's award-winning 1.0-litre,
three-cylinder 99 or 123bhp turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engines. Both produce
99g/km of CO2 so they're road tax exempt (with just 10% BIK) and both also officially
New Fiesta model prices range from £9,995 up to £17,545 but we know the actual
price paid can be lower than that, especially when the new range has been on
the road a bit longer. The three-door ST versions will cost from £16,995. Pick
of the line-up I consider to be the 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100 (99bhp) five-door
with Zetec spec and which costs £14,345.
That noted, a spare wheel will add £95 and the worthwhile DAB radio/CD and Ford
SYNC package will cost an extra £300 whatever, it's worth haggling to
get the best overall deal. Electrically-operated windows and door mirrors, on-board
computer and AirCon are all standard fit items for Zetec models.
1.0-litre EcoBoost 99bhp engine gives out a muted three-cylinder growl during
acceleration; all part of its charm. But don't be put off by its small capacity.
It's one of today's modern turbocharged direct injection petrol engines that
break all the old rules about 'size equals performance'.
a top speed of 112mph and zero to 62mph acceleration in 11.2 seconds, the 999cc
engine belies its small capacity in fact, this level of performance is
all that most motorists actually need. The 123lb ft of torque, delivered from
only 1,400rpm, also makes it impressively flexible at low speeds.
high motorway speeds, even with four adults aboard, it cruises with ease. The
only time you realise this is a one-litre engine is up steep hills a
quick trip down a cog in the five-speed 'box is all that's needed to keep the
engine in its rev band and pulling.
this engine will return 65.7mpg in the Combined Cycle. The best my test car
returned on a long motorway journey was 48.7mpg. The average over
seven days, taking in long and short trips and commuter stop-start driving,
was 44.4mpg well down on the official EU laboratory-obtained figures.
However, even with this significant shortfall, 44mpg from a petrol engine is
impressive enough, especially as there is no road tax to pay and there's no
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost
gives out a muted three-
cylinder growl during
part of its charm.
But dont be put off by
its small capacity:
top speed is 112mph
and zero to 62mph takes
motorists really need...
Most buyers will not find it worthwhile paying the extra £1,050 to move up to
the 123bhp version of the same engine but with Zetec S specification. Both units
significantly out-perform, in all ways, the Fiesta's older 1.25-litre four-cylinder
petrol unit and although the five-door Zetec 81bhp 1.25-litre version is cheaper
to buy (at £13,345), its poorer performance, lower fuel economy and higher road
tax really make it a non-starter.
The latest Fiesta has lost none of its best-in-class handling and ride comfort
qualities that have made it year-after-year the best performing affordable
'supermini' on the market; today it remains the benchmark model in this sector.
With its new styling the Fiesta now looks a more sophisticated and up-market
vehicle on the outside and generally the interior looks and feels good as well
everything today's motoring downsizers and downpricers want.
Reasons to buy are that it's the best five-door supermini by far, has a brilliantly
responsive petrol engine, low running costs with no road tax, a stylish new
front-end design, a comfortable ride and high tech safety features either as
standard or available as an option.
the downside you'll have to live with cluttered fascia controls, a tiny, recessed
information screen and a spare wheel that costs extra. That said, if
something could be done to de-clutter the switchgear on the centre console and
increase the size of the recessed information screen, that would be all that's
needed to make the new Fiesta the perfect family hatch. Even so, it's the best
supermini by far... and we still have the high-performance ST versions to come!
Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.0T EcoBoost 100PS 5-dr
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11.2 seconds | Overall test MPG: 44.4mpg
Power: 99bhp | Torque: 123lb ft | CO2 99g/km