Zetec 1.0 EcoBoost
might look familiar but then
thats not really surprising
because its Fords all-new Fiesta...
AND FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS the Fiesta has been Britain's best-selling
car. Now being replaced by an all-new seventh generation range of three- and
five-door hatchbacks priced from £12,715 to £21,225, the new range kicks off
from £1,080 less than the outgoing version although most versions
do show a modest price increase reflecting the higher levels of standard specification.
Last year 120,525 Fiestas were registered in the UK, putting it again at the
very top of the UK's Top Ten new car sales chart and by a huge margin.
In second place, with just over 77,000 sales, was Vauxhalls Corsa while the
Ford Focus was third with 70,500 registrations.
Although the latest generation Ford Fiesta looks more or less the same, everything
is new or uprated although it still uses the highly-rated Global B platform.
The new Fiesta is 70mm longer and 13mm wider, 20mm lower, and the wheelbase
has been extended, albeit by just 4mm. However, all of these small increases
add up to more interior space and a slightly larger 292-litre boot in keeping
with the latest generation of new supermini models such as the Polo from VW,
the SEAT Ibiza, Nissan Micra and Renault Clio. For the record, fold down the
Fiesta's rear seats and this goes up to 1,093 litres.
new Fiesta offers two chassis set-ups: softer settings are used for the most
popular Style, Zetec and Titanium spec levels plus the new highest-specced Vignale
while the sporty ST-Line gets uprated suspension settings. Further suspension
changes will be made for the high-performance ST model and the Fiesta Active
crossover versions due next year.
new Fiesta offers
two chassis set-ups:
softer settings are used
for the most popular
Style, Zetec and Titanium
spec levels plus the
Vignale while the sporty
ST-Line gets uprated
The suspension is new but still with a MacPherson strut front-end plus a new
twist-beam rear axle; the front track is wider by 30mm and the rear by 10mm.
The outgoing mainstream versions of the Fiesta were famed for their class-leading
compliant and comfortable ride, balanced handing, precise and predictable front-end
grip and overall agility. These new settings and wider tracks ensure that the
latest Fiesta is even better in all those areas.
As to engine choices, these include Ford's award-winning EcoBoost 1.0-litre
three-cylinder turboed petrol engines, with the option of 100, 125 or 140hp
power outputs. There's also the choice of new naturally-aspirated 70 or 85hp
1.1-litre three-cylinder petrol units. Diesel customers haven't been forgotten
either, with 85 and 120hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel engines. The gearbox choices
are five- and six-speed manual (depending on the engine chosen) with an optional
new six-speed torque converter automatic on the 100hp EcoBoost petrol models.
The single best-selling version in the new Fiesta range will be the Zetec 5-door
1.0-litre EcoBoost 100hp turbo petrol with Stop/Start and a six-speed manual
gearbox priced at £15,445.
From launch the new Fiesta will be available in Style, Zetec and Titanium specification
trims plus Titanium X, B&O Play Zetec and B&O Play Titanium sub-variants. ST-Line,
ST-Line X and Vignale versions will come on-stream in October 2017 followed
by the ST sports version and Active crossover models in Spring 2018.
the new Fiesta's design is similar to the last generation and that's
no bad thing. It's still fronted by the familiar trapezoidal grille with swept-back
headlight units and a rising waistline side-profile over sculptured door panels.
At the tail the horizontal light clusters (mounted in the tailgate and rear
quarter panels) give the hatchback a classier look.
flared wheelarches covering the wider front and rear tracks also give it a more
sporting and purposeful appearance; ST-Line models get a bodykit which includes
a deeper front and bumpers, side skirts and a tailgate spoiler.
is where youll
see the most significant
not just the extra space.
The new Fiestas have
a far more modern,
and feel to them that,
if not class-leading,
are at least on a par
with the latest
Although the outgoing Fiesta could happily hold its own with newer competitors
in the exterior styling department, its interior was looking dated, was of poorer
quality and lacking in the fitment of the latest infotainment, communication,
driving safety and convenience support systems.
Inside is where you'll see the most significant improvements and not
just the extra space. Whereas the previous models had become dated in their
appearance and quality with scattered controls, low-resolution information screens
and rather drab trim, the new Fiestas have a far more modern, upscale and sophisticated
look and feel to them if not class-leading, they're at least on a par
with the latest competition.
There are still areas of hard plastic trim and the door pulls are not the most
appealing but they're no worse than other brands in this sector. The new 6.5
or 8-inch centrally mounted high-resolution colour tablet-style touchscreens
are mounted proud of the fascia and bring a more modern look to the cabin.
There's also a wide range of standard specification levels and personalisation
options available, and models from Zetec upwards get Ford Sync 3 software as
standard while the optional £300 B&O Play 10-speaker system further enhances
the sophistication on offer. Emergency Assistance and lane departure warning
plus auto-headlights, Bluetooth and steering wheel controls are standard; other
safety options include cross-traffic alert (£475) and autonomous braking within
the cruise control function (between £200 and £500 depending on the model).
best-selling Zetec spec has as standard a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto
/ Apple CarPlay, 15-inch alloy wheels, daytime LED running lights, halogen projector
headlights and front fog lights with cornering function, Quickclear heated screen,
manual AirCon, DAB radio, alarm, tyre pressure monitoring, trip computer, and
a tyre repair kit.
worth adding to the Zetec is the optional £300 City Pack which includes rear
parking sensors, powerfolding heated door mirrors and puddle lights and, for
£300, a built-in SatNav. However, I would object to paying £175 for the electric
rear windows for the five-door Zetec model as these really should be fitted
list of add-ons seems endless but as always it's worth selecting the extra items
with care otherwise the price becomes unrealistic at which point upgrading to
a Titanium version which, with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100hp engine and five-door
body, costs £16,795 against £15,445 for the same engine and same body combo
but with lower standard Zetec spec.
as easy to drive as
before but straightaway
you notice a new
refinement and calmness
in its overall
The added insulation not
only reduces engine
noise significantly but
road noise intrusion is
It feels throughout a
much more grown-up and
I have just been driving the 100hp (98bhp) 1.0-litre three-pot EcoBoost turbo
petrol model with the six-speed manual gearbox, in five-door Zetec spec which,
as already noted, costs £15K.
It's as easy to drive as before but straightaway you notice a new refinement
and calmness in its overall performance. The added sound insulation not only
reduces engine noise significantly but road noise intrusion is much less. It
feels throughout a much more grown-up and sophisticated small family car.
The turbo engine is perky for response with the six-speed's ratios making the
best use of the 125lb ft of torque available from just 1,500rpm. Top speed is
113mph and the zero to 60mph acceleration time is 10.5 seconds. The Combined
Cycle fuel economy is 65.7mpg driving around urban and traffic-busy rural
roads I recorded a healthy 52.2mpg. Impressive too is the low CO2 emissions
figure of 97g/km, so the first year's road tax costs £120 after which it's £140
its past generations Ford's Fiesta has always been the benchmark car for ride
comfort and handling in the supermini sector. The new wider tracks, new suspension,
torque-vectoring handling and well-weighted power steering together enhance
the overall driving pleasure.
The ride is compliant, it's comfortable for open road cruising, nimble in town
traffic and it hasn't lost any of its past abilities to provide fun motoring
when the mood takes you.
In almost every department looks, spec, performance, price and running
costs the 'best' just got a whole lot better and remains the benchmark
supermini against which competitors have to be judged. ~ David Miles
Fiesta Zetec 5-door 1.0 EcoBoost | £15,445
Maximum speed: 113mph | 0-60mph: 10.5 seconds | Test Average: 52.2mpg
Power: 98bhp | Torque: 125lb ft | CO2: 97g/km