Replacing the strong selling but dated Mark VI that made its world debut back in 2008, the seventh rendition of the Blue Oval’s ever-popular supermini rates as more of a styling evolution, but still comes in at 71 mm longer in overall length and 13 mm wider, which Ford claims provides it with a more premium appearance.
It is, however, more of a revolution inside where the previous smartphone inspired dashboard has been replaced by a new freestanding infotainment system incorporating Ford’s SYNC 3 software, with the display measuring either 6.5-inches in the base spec Trend or eight-inches with integrated satellite navigation in the case of the flagship Titanium model.
While both systems offer Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and dual USB ports, the Titanium swaps the Trend’s six-speaker sound system for a new seven-speaker setup, and also adds pinch and swipe gestures for the infotainment system. A new 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster rounds off the interior.
Specification-wise, the Trend comes outfitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, auto lock/unlock doors, rear parking sensors, colour coded grille, bumpers and door handles, auto on/off headlights, one-touch electric windows all around, full trip computer, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, boot spoiler and daytime running lights.
Adding to this, the Titanium rolls on 17-inch alloys and comes with cruise control, keyless entry/start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, automatic air-conditioning, red stitched floor mats, heated front sport seats, overhead sunglass holder, daytime running LEDs, rain sense wipers and a chrome grille.
Boasting a front track 30 mm wider than its predecessor and with a wheelbase gain of four millimetres, Ford has also upped the Fiesta’s safety sheet with all models coming fitted as standard with six airbags, ABS, EBD and BAS, traction control, Electronic Stability Control and Hill Launch Assist.
A total of six new colours are available with the only solid being Frozen White, and five metallic hues; Ruby Red, Magnetic, Blue Wave, Moondust Silver and Chrome Copper.
Aside from dropping the Ambiente model from the line-up, Ford has also done away with the normally aspirated engines for the Fiesta, leaving a single EcoBoost turbo-petrol and a new TDCI turbodiesel.
Continuing to displace 999cc, the multi-award winning EcoBoost triple produces 74 kW in the Trend and 92 kW in the Titanium, with torque for both pegged at 170 Nm. Mated to a new six-speed manual gearbox, the Trend will get from 0-100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and the Titanium in 9.9 seconds, with respective top speeds of 183 km/h and 195 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.3-litres/100 km for both.
As an option, both models can be outfitted with an equally new six-speed torque converter automatic instead of the old Powershift dual-clutch, although only in 74 kW guise, but with paddle shifters for the first time. Ford claims a top speed of 180 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 12.2 seconds, with fuel consumption, claimed at 5.2-litres/100 km.
Limited to the Trend and only with the manual ‘box, the 1.5 TDCI oil burner makes 63kW/175Nm, which Ford claims allows it to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 12.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 175 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is a low 3.3-litres/100 km.
A four-year / 120 000 km warranty and four-year / 60 000 km service plan are standard on all models.
|Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend||R261 900|
|Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend AT||R277 300|
|Fiesta 1.5 TDCI Trend||R292 500|
|Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium||R295 900|
|Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium AT||R310 600|