Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.5 TDCi

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments


The Ford Fiesta has come an awful long way since it’s UK launch in the 1970’s. Indeed, I briefly ran a Fiesta XR2 in the early nineties, bought from a work colleague for £1250. It was fun to drive, but like all cars from that era poorly equipped. I ended up writing it off when a front left wheel strut snapped & I crashed into a wall at 30 mph. I watched as the dashboard on the passenger side came towards me in slow motion as the wheel had turned from vertical to horizontal & was caught on the kerb.No airbags & doors made of thin steel, meant that I was lucky to walk away unscathed & was left cursing the fact I’d only recently fitted a new exhaust to it a couple of months earlier.

Like the entire Ford range the 2013 Fiesta is made of strong stuff, which is the first thing you notice when getting into the cabin. My three door test car had Saab 900 like heavy doors & the dash board & instrumentation was solid & well crafted. The standard spec on the Titanium was impressive too, including 16′ 15 alloy wheels, ambient lighting, ABS with EBD, ESP with Traction Assist including EBA, driver, front passenger, knee, side & curtain airbags, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control,Halogen projector headlights with silver surround & LED daytime running lights, MyKey,electric folding heated body coloured door mirrors, a Quickclear heated windscreen & Shift indicator. An awful lot more than on an XR2 !
The interior was well presented with Fords infotainment system in the middle of the dash being relatively easy to decipher. The power steering was light & the car handled well shining once up to speed on the motorway & around town on the school run. The real gem in this car though is Fords new 1.5 DCi engine. With just just 75 PS you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s underpowered & perhaps when pushing the gears to accelerate it is a bit sluggish taking 13.5 seconds to hit 62 mph. But, with a top speed of 104 mph, once at cruising speed on the motorway it’s surprisingly refined & miles quieter than the A Class I tested recently.
The performance on what is really a city car takes second place to emissions & fuel economy. These are respectively an impressive 98g/km & on the combined 85.6 mpg. Did I get close to that figure ? No. With everything turned on & on the motorway I achieved 51 mpg, whilst around town 44 mpg. This though was in February in cold weather & I’ve no doubt that in the rainy Summer, these figures could be improved upon.
A trip to Tesco for the ubiquitous shopping test showed the Fiestas boot to be a good size & the rear seats were generous for two, tight for three. All in all it’s a nice little car that would be very easy to live with. Having two children over the age of 12, I would have preferred a 5 door test car & although considerably smaller than a Focus or Golf, it does feel bigger than some of the cars in it’s class.
One thing to note if you’re a parent. Conscious that the Fiesta will appeal to younger drivers possibly borrowing a parents car, Ford offers a programmable ignition key, which can be pre set to control for example, the cars top speed, muting the audio until the seat belts are fastened & preventing the ESP from being disabled. Perhaps if my old XR2 had been similarly attired, I may not have driven my XR2 like Nikki Lauda ( in my dreams ) & a school friend of mine may not have lost a younger brother to an accident involving a tree in the late 1980’s.  Thankfully today safety on new cars, even small ones, is paramount to car manufacturers which as a parent is extremely good to know.
I couldn’t fault the Fiesta & it’s definitely a ‘City Slicker’ scoring 4/5.

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