After receiving a major overhaul in 2011, the Ford Fiesta is currently running with a recent facelift that it acknowledged in 2014. Retaining the same body structure, the vehicle now sports a mature stance with its updated visual characteristics. Its earlier generations, the Ikon and Fiesta Classic were quite cherished by the Indian population, something which this car has yet to achieve.
What immediately attracts your attention towards the Ford Fiesta is the improved front facia of the vehicle. Apart from the headlights, you will find that the entire design has been revised according to the new design scheme that we see on the more recent Fords. The Aston Martin inspired grille coupled with the restyled air dam and the sleek fog lamp housing provide the Ford Fiesta with an aggressive yet sporty stance. The chrome underline along the side windows hints towards Ford’s intentions of providing the vehicle with a premium appearance. What still disappoints are the puny looking rear wheels in comparison to the bulky rear end, accentuated by the swelled arches. Just like the front end of the vehicle, we find a similar visually mature update at the back as well. The wrap around taillights are bigger and sharper than before while the boot lid accommodates a few new creases that run along its entire vertical length.
Ford has provided the interiors of the Fiesta with a dual tone black and grey colour scheme with this facelift in order to make the cabin feel a bit premium than before. That said, it should be kept in mind that this has worked only as far as the visual characteristics are concerned. The dashboard layout is exactly the same as before with the only change being the shiny black controls for the multimedia system which is in accordance with the freshly implemented colour scheme. You get same amounts of cubby holes and storage space while the space in the back is hampered by the insufficient leg-room. Taking about the equipment, the Fiesta gets push-button start, automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, screen-enabled multimedia system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls and rear parking sensors. On the safety front, the vehicles comes with dual-front airbags, Electronic stability programme (ESP) and Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS).
Engine and performance
The Fiesta is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine with produces 91bhp along with a peak torque of 2015Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which transfers the power to the front wheels.
The Ford Fiesta offers competition to the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Nissan sunny, Volkswagen Vento and Renault Pulse.