Ford Fiesta: Then vs Now

Fiesta has been Ford’s C-segment fighter for quite some time now. The now called Ford Classic was the original Fiesta that debuted in India in 2004. It was a major success. The company introduced a completely new car in the year 2009 with much anticipation but the car could not do well due to error in pricing policy. Its facelifted version will hopefully lure more buyers.

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The budget sedan

Desiring a sedan but the budget is tight? There’s nothing to worry about, as the all new Ford Fiesta Car is a nice looking car that comes at a very affordable price. Given the Indian buyers penchant for large cars at low prices, Fiesta fits the bill perfectly as an affordable large car now that the company is offering it with a competitive price tag. Earlier, the high price of this car only served to highlight its shortcomings. The back seat of the car was not too good, the engine was not that powerful and the quality of the interiors was also not up to the mark. Ford tried to reduce the price to lure more buyers but failed in this attempt.

Exterior

Contrary to the old Fiesta, the new one is a head turner. It adheres to the Kinetic design principle of the company. It now sports a hexagonal grille with five slim chrome bars. It retains the old flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance. The rear too has been changed with the introduction of a mix of new sheet metal and plastic parts. The bumper and the tail lights have been re-designed too.

Inside

The car sports features like fabric covered seats, reverse parking sensors, leather wrapped steering wheel, climate control, airbags and ABS with EBD. The new model gets push button start, ambient lighting, rain sensing wipers too along with the Ford’s patented SYNC technology.

Under the hood

The face lifted version of Ford Fiesta will be offered with only the diesel engine. It sports a 1.5-litre engine that churns out 89bhp of maxim power output and 204Nm of peak torque. The engine has been paired with 5-speed manual transmission.

Performance

Ford Fiesta remains a nice car to drive that is best enjoyed behind the wheels. The straight line stability of this sedan is simply outstanding. The stiff body of the car offers great insulation from road, engine, suspension and tyre noise. It does produce a little bit of turbo lag under 1800rpm but post that the power builds up in a smooth manner.

The company hopes to revive the fortune of Fiesta once again by offering a face lifted version. It will be a great choice for those buyers who intend to buy a diesel car and who intend to drive themselves.

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