Ford Fiesta: more upgrades, lower CO2

* Stability control now standard * More power for diesels * Less CO2 from petrols...

Ford Fiesta: more upgrades, lower CO2

Ford has upgraded its entire Fiesta range, giving every model standard stability control and retuning many of the engines.

There are upgrades to some of the trims: Studio models, for example, now get heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an auxiliary entertainment socket and two additional speakers.

Top-of-the-range Titanium models also now get Bluetooth and USB connection as standard (previously worth around 200).

All models now have a new paint option called Ink Blue.

Engine improvements
Ford has also retuned or altered much of the Fiesta's engine range.

To comply with Euro V emissions standards, all diesel engines now have a particulate filter fitted, including Econetic models.

Power for the 1.6-litre diesel engine is also raised from 89bhp to 94bhp.

Petrol engines have been tweaked as well, to lower emissions:

• 1.25-litre 80bhp CO2 emissions cut by 4g to 129g/km;
• 1.6-litre 95bhp CO2 emissions cut by 3g to 107g/km;
• 1.6-litre 118bhp CO2 emissions cut by 4g to 134g/km.

The changes place the 1.25-litre engine into a lower VED band (D), lowering the levy from 110 to 90 a year.