The Ford Fiesta is a small hatchback or sedan that struggled to discover a crowd with low fuel costs and rising competitors. In 2018, Ford stated the 2019 mannequin yr could be the final for the scrappy, tiny hatchback.
The Fiesta is offered with a pair of inline-4 engines: a base 1.6-liter inline-4 or a high-performance 1.6-liter turbo-4. The Fiesta provided a extremely environment friendly turbo-3 that was scrapped in 2017.
With the Fiesta, Ford competes with the likes of the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, Honda Match, Mazda 2, Hyundai Accent, and in some variations even the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500.
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The Fiesta badge was first used within the U.S. on a subcompact three-door hatchback offered from 1978 to 1980. Ford adopted that automotive with the Mazda-designed Festiva 3-door (1986-1993) after which changed it with the associated Aspire three-door (1994-1997), which was constructed by Kia.
At this time’s Fiesta, which debuted for the 2011 mannequin yr, is Ford’s first new subcompact entry because the Aspire. It was tailored for U.S. gross sales from a mannequin offered in Europe. Ford was proper to alter the identify of its subcompact once more, because it affords higher efficiency and extra commonplace gear—to not point out a larger variety of security options—than any of its American predecessors ever did.
The revived Fiesta is wholly completely different from the everyday financial system automotive. At this time’s Fiesta is absolutely fashionable, with the options, dealing with, powertrains, and appears to make it an actual competitor. The inside’s attention-grabbing (if not universally beloved) styling additionally helps set it other than its price-minded roots.
The Fiesta’s slim physique and tight backseat hold it from being as helpful as another autos on this class, particularly in comparison with the cavernous inside of the Versa sedan or the versatile Match. In evaluations of the Fiesta, although, we famous that it steers and handles much better than a lot of the numb, mushy appliance-like autos within the class.
The 2 Fiestas on reverse ends of the spectrum have been each obtainable solely with a handbook transmission. On the environment friendly finish, the 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder mannequin made 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. It achieved a 42-mpg EPA freeway ranking and was extra enjoyable than the usual engine. On the intense efficiency finish, there’s the Fiesta ST, which packs a 1.6-liter turbo-4 making 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. It additionally has a near-perfect, stiffer suspension setup, grippy tires, and an all-around enjoyable demeanor.
A 120-hp, 1.6-liter inline-4 powers most Fiesta fashions, nonetheless. A 5-speed handbook gearbox is commonplace, however the automated choice is an uncommon and technically superior 6-speed “PowerShift” dual-clutch gearbox. Now we have skilled a number of drivability points with the PowerShift transmission, which is not as clean as we would hoped. Engine noise within the earlier automobiles was additionally a problem, however the later fashions are a bit higher.
A gentle refresh for the 2014 mannequin yr gave the Fiesta revised front-end styling that takes the look from cute to just a little extra severe. It additionally added the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost mannequin and expanded the checklist of accessible powertrains. The 2014 mannequin yr additionally introduced the excellent Fiesta ST mannequin, with its peppy turbo 1.6-liter and dialed-in chassis. Ford launched a softer look inside, complemented by a stripped-down model of MyFord Contact, primarily based on the SYNC Bluetooth-driven infotainment controller. Sadly not all variations dropped the complicated, slanted-button array of the bottom audio setup.
Sync 3 changed the controversial MyFord Contact for 2016. It comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and guarantees to be extra intuitive and fewer buggy than MyFord Contact. Different 2016 modifications consisted of a brand new SE Black Bundle and some new colour selections.
The mannequin lineup continues because it has since 2013, with S, SE, and Titanium trims, with the addition of the sporty ST. Options are a power of the Fiesta. Even the bottom mannequin contains air-con and an aux-in port; whereas on the SE degree you get upgraded trim and lighting, in addition to cruise management and energy home windows. The Titanium mannequin will get leather-based heated seats, automated local weather management, heated aspect mirrors, the brand new Sync 3 infotainment system, Sony premium audio, and different extras that make it really feel much better geared up than you may count on in a low-cost small automotive.
Choices embrace an influence moonroof and Ford Racing wheels. Amongst different novel options, the Fiesta driver can select from a number of completely different colours of LED “temper lighting” to light up the cupholders, footwells, and different inside bits.
The Fiesta is now one of many older entries in its section. The Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Match, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris have all are debuted or been redesigned because the Fiesta was new. Pricing for the Fiesta begins round $15,000, however a totally decked-out commonplace mannequin can method $24,000, and an ST can add one other $2,000.