Ford Fiesta 1.1 Zetec 2017 review

Ford Fiesta 1.1 Zetec 2017 review

The new Ford Fiesta is 70mm longer and 13mm wider than the old model

The replacement to the UK’s biggest selling car has a lot to live up to – how does it shape up?

Launched in 2008, the outgoing Ford Fiesta must go down as one of the most successful cars ever built by Ford, not just in Europe, but globally. In the UK, it’s been the best seller in its class for the last eight consecutive years and one million have been sold in the UK in total.Its replacement is larger but not much, at 70mm longer and 13mm wider. The exterior design isn’t a step change either, more a subtle evolution of the existing shape and unlike the bigger Focus, you can still choose between both three and five-door versions. The main news is, that the interior has been given a major overhaul. The old audio unit with its slightly bewildering array of buttons have gone and in its place there’s a large, slightly incongruous, 8-inch floating touch screen on the dash. There are plenty of technical options available too, including a full suite of advanced driver assistance features including automated parking, cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.Core models are the entry level Style and Zetec with the rest of the range split into two threads, sports and luxury. Sports models include the ST-Line and ST-Line X with the 197bhp ST due next year. The luxury models comprise Titanium, Titanium X and the Vignale which comes later this year. We’ve previously tested the ST-Line X trim with a 138bhp 1.0L Ecoboost engine.A hook-up with premium audio maker B&O means you can order a Fiesta with a 10-speaker, 9-channel 675W audio system as an option or by buying specific models, such as the B&O Play Zetec Series or B&O Play Titanium Series. The engine line-up is championed by the outstanding 3-cylinder, 1.0T Ecoboost in both 98.6bhp and 123.3bhp versions as before. Both come with 6-speed manual gearboxes as standard. The 1.5 TDCi diesel has been carried over in both 84bhp and 118bhp forms despite there being very little demand. At the entry level there’s a 1.1 Ti-VCT naturally aspirated version of the three-cylinder engine available with 69bhp in the Style and 83.8bhp in the 3-door Zetec tested here. Both come with a 5-speed rather than 6-speed gearbox 

Source: Autocar Online

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