As some of you may already know, the Ford Fiesta is the best selling car in England and this is the latest rendition that promises to be the best one yet. Ford even says it’s the “world’s most technologically advanced small car” in the market. Let’s find out if that’s true or not.
There is now an ST-Line (The one in red), which is similar to Audi’s S-Line. You get performance, exterior and suspension upgrades but they aren’t fully sport optimized like the Fiesta ST, which is due by early next year.
But as we all know, most people are going to buy the standard five-door titanium version which includes all the goodies you might need and then some. So what’s the buzz all about? Ford claims the all new 2017 Ford Fiesta now features better quality materials and premium plastics in addition to optimized technology and safety systems. From the looks of it, the interior is completely new too.
You might have also noticed that there is a bigger Fiesta now called the Fiesta ‘Active’; sort of like a crossover version with chunkier body cladding and an elevated ride height. This was a move by Ford to try and capture some of the small-crossover sales.
Then there is the classy sort-of-luxury looking Fiesta Vignale which is probably aimed at females who might want something similar to the Fiat-500, the Mini or the Smart cars but don’t want to shed as much money. Fret not, because Ford says you will get an advance customer experience from the dealer during the sales and the service time. It’s also very luxurious on the inside with double stitching and soft-touch materials all over the cabin.
It’s also now available with five-doors or three-doors and is significantly bigger than the previous generation Fiesta. You also get to enjoy a large 8-inch floating center screen that runs on SYNC3 featuring the highest resolution in the industry and offering optimal smooth touch and responsiveness. The new screen rids the Fiesta of 20-physical buttons and cleans up the interior design significantly.
So how’s the 2017 Ford Fiesta dubbed the world’s most technologically advanced small car? With sensors that can detect objects as far as 130 meters combined with a collision mitigation system that can detect vehicles and pedestrians, it’s already one step ahead of the other competitors.
Other assist functions include; lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring/warning, active parking with perpendicular capability, cross-traffic warning and adaptive cruise control. Come back to me when another manufacturer offers any of these on their small hatchback with such a price.
Engines available on the 2017 Ford Fiesta include the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost with 100-PS, 125-PS and 140-PS depending on selection. Then there is the 1.5-liter diesel engine with 120-PS and an all new 1.1-litre triple (Straight Three) engine which gets a 5-speed manual, while the EcoBoost variants get a new 6-speed manual gearbox and an automatic gearbox as well.
So what can you expect in terms of driving dynamics improvements? Ford says the next gen Fiesta now delivers better grip thanks to the wider track, better steering feel and improved braking distance. They even compared the stopping distance to a Porsche 997-991.
Design wise; The new 2017 Ford Fiesta looks composed and unique compared to the competition with enough models to please every taste. I personally love the new interior and the whole package. The Fiesta ST should be something to look forward to indeed.