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The Fiesta Ecoboost marks the smallest car Ford's tiny three-pot engine has been installed in. Logic suggests it should be good.

Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

What is it?: 

Whatever the parlous state of Ford’s European balance sheet – a document best avoided by accountants of a nervous disposition – the flow of new cars wearing Blue Oval badges continues unabated. Next up, at the end of the year, comes a refreshed Fiesta, which gets far more than the usual mid-term spruce-up.

The headline act is the introduction of Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine in 99bhp or 123bhp guise. This three-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged engine has been cropping up all over the place since Ford slotted it into the Focus, and it’s destined to find a home in a lot more models yet.

The Fiesta is the smallest and lightest car it has appeared in so far. With the more powerful of the two engines you have a power-to-weight ratio of almost 113bhp per tonne, which eclipses what’s on offer in anything else in the Fiesta range – at least until the 180bhp ST arrives next spring.

What's it like?: 

Ecoboost is more about plateau-like torque delivery rather than outright power, hence its suitability for such a wide range of models. Here it doles out a constant 126lb ft from 1400rpm to 4500rpm, with an extra 22lb ft available on overboost for bursts of up to 30 seconds to shorten overtaking times. 

It’s possible to drive almost anywhere in third gear from little more than walking pace, and there’s no need for more than five forward gears, despite leggy gearing in top. This is a major contributor to the diesel-like claimed economy and emissions of 65.7mpg and 99g/km, along with engine stop-start and brake energy recovery.

Ford describes the combination of the Ecoboost engine and Fiesta chassis as the best pairing since Lennon and McCartney. They certainly bring the best out of each other. The springs and dampers have been tuned to suit the modest mass of the three-pot motor and there’s now less friction and better off-centre response from the electrically assisted steering. 

None of this changes the almost telepathic communication between car and driver. Approach a corner, size it up and without seeming to do much you’re around and scooting off in search of the next. That alone sets the Fiesta apart from most other superminis, but the fact that this is accompanied by a supple ride and, now, reduced road noise puts it in a class of one. 

The top Ecoboost engine is also available with Zetetc S and the new Titanium X trim levels from £15,395. There’s been some freshening up of the front and rear ends, including slimmer lamps and a new Aston-esque five-bar grille which is a bit over the top in a car of such modest size. There are new exterior colours which make the car hard to miss, too. 

Inside, elements of the trim and switchgear have been smartened, modified or relocated, and there are valuable additions in the fields of connectivity and safety.

MyKey allows parents to restrict the speed that inexperienced offspring can drive, how loud they can play their music and which of the driver aids they can disable. Sync brings connectivity services to the car and automatically dials the emergency services after a shunt. And Active City Stop can prevent crashes at up to 10mph and reduce the effects of those at up to 20mph. 

Should I buy one?: 

By itself, technology like this would do nothing to salvage a mediocre car. In the Fiesta, they’re the butter cream in the Victoria sponge cake.

The Fiesta Ecoboost offers all that’s good about a small petrol car with the best bits of a diesel thrown in.

Roger Stansfield

Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost 125PS Titanium 3dr

Price £15,445; 0-62mph 9.4sec; Top speed 122mph; Economy 65.7mpg; CO2 99g/km; Kerb weight 1101kg; Engine 3 cyls in line, 999cc, petrol; Power 123bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 126lb ft at 1400-4500rpm; Gearbox 5-spd manual

 

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22 November 2012

Marc wrote:

Brilliant engine surrounded by a comedy car

No wonder they're in the sh!t.

Wow you right, they really are in the sh!t with such comedy cars.   Here's September's SMMT top 5 sales figures:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 18,651
  2. Vauxhall Corsa - 17,089
  3. Ford Focus - 13,837
  4. Vauxhall Astra - 9,864
  5. Volkswagen Golf - 9,270

Not bad for a comedy car, they must be really dissappointed with the Focus too 

 

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22 November 2012

xxxx wrote:

Marc wrote:

Brilliant engine surrounded by a comedy car

No wonder they're in the sh!t.

Wow you right, they really are in the sh!t with such comedy cars.   Here's September's SMMT top 5 sales figures:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 18,651
  2. Vauxhall Corsa - 17,089
  3. Ford Focus - 13,837
  4. Vauxhall Astra - 9,864
  5. Volkswagen Golf - 9,270

Not bad for a comedy car, they must be really dissappointed with the Focus too 

Sales figures mean nothing. I'd like to see a list showing cars sold at a profit. I'm doubtful it would contain any of those listed.

The likes of Ford need a wholesale and cut throat review of the way they sell and build their products, they build too many cars and make little money on the ones they do sell.

I'm not sure just what has happened to the styling of ford product for this lastest generation of new models and facelifts, to me it looks terrible which is a shame because underneath (questionable build quailty aside) are some very good cars.

Over the years Ford have spent far too long over engineering the chassis of their cars to please the likes of the motoring press and probably a minute percentage of buyers, this has forced them into cut backs in other areas, areas which matter most to the majority of their private and profitable buyers. 

22 November 2012

Marc wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Marc wrote:

Brilliant engine surrounded by a comedy car

No wonder they're in the sh!t.

Wow you right, they really are in the sh!t with such comedy cars.   Here's September's SMMT top 5 sales figures:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 18,651
  2. Vauxhall Corsa - 17,089
  3. Ford Focus - 13,837
  4. Vauxhall Astra - 9,864
  5. Volkswagen Golf - 9,270

Not bad for a comedy car, they must be really dissappointed with the Focus too 

Sales figures mean nothing. I'd like to see a list showing cars sold at a profit. I'm doubtful it would contain any of those listed.

The likes of Ford need a wholesale and cut throat review of the way they sell and build their products, they build too many cars and make little money on the ones they do sell.

I'm not sure just what has happened to the styling of ford product for this lastest generation of new models and facelifts, to me it looks terrible which is a shame because underneath (questionable build quailty aside) are some very good cars.

Over the years Ford have spent far too long over engineering the chassis of their cars to please the likes of the motoring press and probably a minute percentage of buyers, this has forced them into cut backs in other areas, areas which matter most to the majority of their private and profitable buyers. 

"sales figures mean nothing" you're kidding. If you've never seen a list of profit per car then you don't know they're losing money on Fiesta's and Focus's sold in the UK.  

"Ford have spent far too long over engineering the chassis of their cars to please the likes of the motoring press and probably a minute percentage of buyers", bit unfair complaining about a car being designed to be excellent to drive. You have no evidence of this percentage being minute or that Fiesta's are sold at a loss in the UK and that's the reason they sell so many.

The Fiesta is an excellent car that sells because people like the looks, like the drive and the value.   

"comedy car" you're making me laugh, not the car.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 November 2012

Marc wrote:

Over the years Ford have spent far too long over engineering the chassis of their cars to please the likes of the motoring press and probably a minute percentage of buyers, this has forced them into cut backs in other areas, areas which matter most to the majority of their private and profitable buyers. 

I doubt that over engineering the chassis has anything to do with the European market problems. GM are in the same boat, and the Astra (as an example) stuck with the much cheaper to produce trailing arm suspension, rather than the more expensive independant set up of the focus & golf. 

Back on topic, I like this Fiesta, always have. I think they have taken some of the shine off the brilliant looks of the prefacelift car, but I still think it looks good.

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22 November 2012

This all looks good, but I would like results from a full road test to see if the real world economy gets anywhere close to the EU figures. This generation Fiesta is a real looker, a total  contrast after the previous one which looked like a pensioners' car (goodness knows why they thought they needed the high-roof Fusion version).

Interesting point about the overboost for overtaking - nobody I have seen on the roads in the last decade or two knows anything about overtaking, it is an experience they have only heard of but never seen or performed.

Judging by the reactions I get when I do overtake it seems about as popular with other drivers as student loans, cutting benefits, only giving the DLA to disabled people, etc.

Now where is my soapbox?!   

22 November 2012

and the twin clutch would get even better economy with 6 speed! perfect to share with me and wifey

22 November 2012

Trying to keep uniformity throughout your range is one thing, but putting a grill that looks "okay" on the new Mondeo onto the Fiesta clearly doesn't work. It looks truly naff. So while the new engine seems a great adition, the styling has taken a few steps backward.

22 November 2012

The fact they've got 125PS out of that engine (enough to deliver good peformance) whilst CO2 emissions are only 99g/ km can only be seen as an amazing achievement. This stuff is industry leading and exactly what the car industry needs.  All from an engine developed in the UK. Well done Ford! Wonder how long it will take other manufacturers to catch up...

23 November 2012

..less attractive than the current model. I agree wholeheartedly, and have always believed that the biggest crime a car manufacturer can commit is to worsen a good car. Why in heavens name spend a great deal of money, time and effort to do that - and how does the initiator get away with it?

 

 

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