I also remember thinking that one day I will have such a car on my own drive. Well, if we fast forward 30 odd years - you will still find that exact same XR2 tucked away in the garage at my family home. Yes, the exact same car my mother had. And the reason for this is simple – as a family, we all loved that little Fiesta so much, that none of us ever wanted to part with it, so we never did.
Of course, that’s a lovely story I hear you shout, but why? Well, I’m not sure – all I know is the little Fiesta melted our hearts and I would like to think that in another 30-40 years from now, the model you see before you today in this review will have its own little part in history one day.
I’m sure like the rest of us – you are less likely to own a car for many years because we change them so often now, which is why leasing a car makes perfect sense to many people who want a new car now and then when it comes to changing it, you just hand it back without all the hassle of selling it on to a new owner.
Plus, leasing is another way of getting to own that new car you actually really want. – And why not. When you start looking around on the internet you will find it’s festooned with new car offers but who do you choose. Well, in the past, many of my friends have used a company called vantage-leasing.com when they have been looking for a new motor.
Of course, leasing is not for us all I get that – but it’s certainly a good way of getting the car you really want at a price you can afford. For instance, I want a Range Rover Evoque as my next car – so I looked it up and I can get a Range Rover Evoque deal from Vantage Leasing for a bargain price. If I was you I would give them a call before you do anything else, because I will be doing just that very soon.
Power and Efficiency
This, of course, neatly introduces you to this week’s road test of the wonderful little Fiesta ‘Titanium’. My test car was powered by a1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine with 170Nm of Torque - 125PS of Ford Power, a 0-62 time of around 9.9 seconds and a top speed of around121mph.
At first, I expected the little Fiesta to sound wheezy because of its 1.0 Eco Boost engine, but to be honest - I was wrong. When you rev it hard it sounds almost ‘racy’. Of course, you may all be thinking that a small engine equals small power? Well not necessarily so. Then again, the Fiesta won’t break the sound barrier either, but what it will do is move you along at a spirited pace. I also quite like how the little Eco Boost performs out on the open road too. So, when you consider its small size, that’s quite staggering - truth be told.
On the Road
As with all of Ford’s small eco-warriors – it changes direction like it’s on rails and it holds the road really well, but it does feel a little bouncy. I did, however, find the little Fiesta a joy to drive no matter what the road conditions were doing beneath me. The brakes also felt good and firm too. And, as for the suspension - it actually absorbed England’s bumpy roads really well, although as I said earlier - it was a little on the bouncy side, but in a fun way.
Safety and Technology
Some of the kit you get on the ‘Titanium’ model includes; Ford SYNC 3 Navigation with 8” touchscreen, DAB radio, keyless start with Ford Power button, rain sensing wipers, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Hill Start Assist, remote central locking, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Ford easy fuel, and a quickclear heated windscreen.
Plus, 16” 10-spoke alloy wheels, Halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps with cornering lights, LED night signature to rear lights, cruise control and a whole host of additional extras not mentioned here.
To Sum Up
I am going to finish it here, but, I’m going to give the Fiesta four stars in this test, not only because I like how it looks on the outside, but also because I believe it’s worth taking a look at because after all –it's a Ford Fiesta. What’s not to like about that!
Price from: 17,095 (OTR) By Anthony Yates