We drive the new Ford Fiesta

The new Ford Fiesta is smarter, stronger and safer…

This week we’ve had the chance to get to know the new Ford Fiesta, which launched locally in May (2018). As a strong contender for the segment-leading Volkswagen Polo, the new Fiesta is already making its mark, with its entry-level naturally aspirated derivative being sold out.

We’ve been driving the Fiesta’s range-topping Titanium model, which costs R310 000 and comes with loads of spec and tech as standard. Its ride quality is also something to note, but first let’s take a look at its exterior enhancements…

Ford notes that it has evolved the design of the new Fiesta to achieve a more contemporary look, while not losing its ‘Fiesta-ness’ that consumers have come to know and love. The new Fiesta now has a much more fresh and younger appearance, with smoothed out creases and a fluid-like appearance. It also features a wider grille, sleeker headlamps which offer a wrap-around effect  and a side profile that appears more settled and less wedge-shaped.

It is longer and wider than its predecessor while its rear features new horizontal lights and a C-shaped signature light pattern. Two new striking metallic colours have been introduced to the new Fiesta: Chrome Copper and Blue Wave and we love both colours equally as much as each other.

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Inside, the Fiesta’s infotainment system sees the biggest improvement – with less buttons and more features such as SYNC3 with Navigation on the Titanium model. As standard on the Trend models is the 6.5-inch touchscreen, while the Titanium’s touchscreen is 8-inches. We found getting set up and connected in the new Fiesta to be a breeze while we didn’t have to spend too much time working out how to pair our phones.

The Titanium model we’ve been driving has a number of interior storage options, from reasonably sized door bins, to cup holders as well as a small compartment in the armrest. I loved the level of comfort felt in this model. Despite it being a hatchback, at times I felt as though I could have been seated in an SUV, with loads of space and enough comfort to keep me and my family happy on longer roads.

The ride quality of the new Fiesta really impressed me too. Its range-topping 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, offers a fun and feisty driving experience with sharp and sporty performance manners. When you get the Fiesta up to speed on the open road, the cabin remains quiet and keeps the level of comfort and refinement up to speed. This engine produces 74kW of power and 170 N.m of torque, while fuel efficiency is enhanced with Auto-Start-Stop technology on all engines.

Overall, the new Ford Fiesta is more comfortable, more spacious and still has an element of fun! If you want a hatchback that’s equipped, fun and comfortable enough to accommodate friends and family on road trips, we think the new Fiesta is a winner.

Pricing for the new Fiesta starts at R261 900 for the entry-level, while the our range-topping test unit is priced at R310 600.