Sam says it’s one-of-a-kind
The latest Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi features a new design while still retaining its distinctly Fiesta look. There is also a new interior, improved safety and touchscreen infotainment system. It is also one-of-a-kind in that it is the only turbodiesel vehicle in the compact hatchback segment.
The Fiesta 1.5 Turbodiesel has a 6-speed manual transmission with an output of 63 kW and a torque peak of 175Nm. This is slightly lower than the petrol variant but it still has decent power that never struggled. Overtaking, even at lower speeds, was easy. Handling was great especially over small bumps and uneven roads.
Most impressive of all is its fuel efficiency. The claimed fuel consumption is set at 3.3L/100km. I was not able to get this figure, despite going on a long trip with little traffic, but the 5.2L/100km that I did manage to get was still impressive.
Improvements have been made to the exterior, however, I feel that the exterior of the previous model was before its time. It was so edgy and distinctive at that time, where could it go from there? Despite this, the current design is still a great looking car. It maintains the stylish looks that the Fiesta brings to the brand for Ford.
Ford says that one of their improvements can be seen in the interior of the vehicle. The interior features the quality you would expect from the brand. It is simple but serviceable. Yet, at the R300k mark, one might expect slightly more than that.
New to the interior is an infotainment system with a touchscreen. I prefer to use my phone for the GPS because of the real-time traffic data but when I connected it to the infotainment system, the sound would not work.
During my time with the car I dropped a relative off for a stay at her sister. When she came outside with two large bags and two extra passengers, I was slightly nervous about fitting everything in. Yet, I need not have worried. Both bags fitted in the boot with a small bit of space to spare and everyone was comfortable and seated them spaciously for a hatch.
It is worth mentioning what the new Fiesta has to offer in the way of safety features as Ford has singled this out as one of their biggest improvements. Safety features include:
- Enhancements to the body to improve strength and resilience during impacts
- Front, rear and curtain airbags
- Innovative restraints: mechanically activated devices prevent the drivers’ seat belt from slipping in a collision removing the need for knee airbags.
- Technology in the front of the vehicle is designed to reduce injuries if you collide with a pedestrian as the lights collapse inwards.
- ABS brakes with electronic brake assist
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- Hill launch assist
- Electronic stability and traction control
I was very impressed with the Ford Fiesta. It is on the pricey side but this is due to the diesel engine. I enjoyed driving a diesel hatch immensely which makes it worth it for me but if the advantages of diesel do not appeal to you, the price might not be worth it.
Good to know
Engine: 1.5-litre turbodiesel
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Power: 63 kW
Torque: 175 Nm
Fuel Consumption: 3.3 L/100 km
Price: R292 500
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