Very disappointed after some of the reviews this car has had. It needs worked very hard to make decent progress and when it is worked hard it is far from smooth. The gearbox is also very vague and not nice to use. The only positive part of the driving experience is the steering which is quite good and makes it fun to throw in to corners however it doesn't have bags of grip so you can't properly throw it in to corners. Inside I am impressed that I can get comfortable, I am very tall and often struggle. However the rest of the cabin disappoints. Aside from the funky design of the stereo the materials all feel nasty and cheap, controls and switches feel cheap to use, especially the ventilation controls. It isn't the most spacious either, not bad but not outstanding. Another niggle is the weak lights and large A pillars which make roundabouts awkward. I would struggle to recommend this car to anyone
I just bought this Fiesta to replace a 13-year-old Fiesta Encore (1.3 Endura-E Petrol).
What I like about the new car: - Very quiet, spacious, comfortable and luxurious inside, compared to my old car anyway. - If you're prepared to rev the engine above 3000rpm, the car feels really quite powerful and fast. - The boot is surprisingly large. - Because the base of the windscreen is so far forward, it's possible to carry objects as long as 2.7m inside the car (eg. bits of timber). - Lots of gadgets that I hope I will never use: ABS, ASP, several airbags. - People tell me it looks nice. - Steering is light at low speeds. - Steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls. - Surprising amount of empty space under the bonnet, which should make servicing easier. - The heater starts providing warm air very soon after the engine has been started.
What I don't like so much: - After 1000 miles, I'm only averaging 47mpg. I averaged 49mpg in my previous 13-year-old 1.3 petrol Fiesta. Maybe the fuel consumption will improve over time. - It has less low-end torque than my old car. - The steering is a bit vague at motorway speeds, compared to my old car which did not have power steering. - Reversing is made more difficult by the small rear windows.
The 1242cc engine in my 'Ford Fiesta Hatchback 1.25i 82 Edge 5dr' has been used for over a decade in Fords, FIATs and Mazdas, and has proved itself to be a perky little motor. Its not massively powerful, but when pushed, it moves the Fiesta along briskly enough. It gives over 50mpg, and emits just 129g/km of CO2, making it very affordable. Having the 5dr variant, its surprisingly practical. The styling of the new Fiesta is very modern and stylish. All in all, a good bet if you want a cheap to run little runaround.
I got my car 2 months after passing my driving test, and based on the first 4 months and 9000 miles, I can conclude its brilliant, but has a small boot. In terms of driving, its flat up to 2000rpm, but from there it almost acts like a turbocharged unit, its very lively. The handling is superb on my B road blast to work in the morning, whether its the standard fit Continental Contisport tyres or not, it grips strong and true, only starting to push wide if the road surface starts becoming rough mid-corner. When cornering hard, the inside rear wheel begins losing grip, giving me the feeling its trying to push me wide. The steering is direct, full of feel, well weighted and communicative. The interior design is attractive, but clunky heater controls dissapoint. Standard kit is low, but mine as the heated leather and voice controlled bluetooth. The heated windscreen is great in winter, 15 or 20 seconds to clear ice. The driving position is great, im 6ft 2and 18st and have no problems, and my girlfriend at 4ft 11 can get comfy. Rear space is acceptable for this type of car, and the rear leather is fantastic. The biggest letdown on this car is the bootspace. On my previous Mk5 fiesta, 2 sets of golf clubs fitted, but in this one, only 1 fits and it has to be put in diagonally leaving no other space. The styling is great, and has introduced me to loads of new people who spoke to me because they got attracted to such a swanky car, just beware, the front body kit is low.
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