2014 Ford Fiesta | new car review

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 by
2014 Ford Fiesta
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 65,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 55%

Review Summary:

The Fiesta has a rich history of being a dependable super-mini, ideal for younger drivers and city commuters alike. But can its good looks justify its existence against the Figo and Focus?

Pros

Stylish looks

Cons

Price

Looks

The new MK VI Ford Fiesta is a far cry from the car we know from 1976. The latest installation of the popular super-mini is possibly the best-looking yet, as well as being the biggest. You can tell instantly that its inspiration has been taken from the Focus range, and that can only be a good thing. The headlamps resemble scalpel-like slits in the tapered bonnet, and the front grille looks like it was stolen from the good people at Aston Martin. The back is high and it all points forward aided by some stylish creases.

2014 Ford Fiesta Front

Feels

The interior is a tepid homage to the Focus. Perhaps the best way of describing it is by saying that whereas the Focus is more like Christian Bale’s tough, hard portrayal of Batman, the Fiesta’s inside is more like Val Kilmer’s Batman; not quite right and delivers a larger sense of fiction to the story, you know it’s all made up. It is all finished off very nicely, but I can’t help but feel that you’ll regret not buying the Focus.

2014 Ford Fiesta Interior

Engineering

The Fiesta is a well-equipped little car, with things like ABS and an engine immobiliser coming as standard. It also comes with Ford’s “Easy fuel” mechanism, which will save the forecourt attendant about three seconds at either end of the re-fuelling process.

What’s on offer?

With three different engines – 1.25, 1.4, and 1.6 litres – and three different models to choose from, the Fiesta offers a modest range. The Ambient version with a 1.25 litre engine begins at around AED 65,000. The middle and upper models, the Trend and Titanium, come with a 1.6 litre Ti-VCT motor as standard. With these cars only emitting 97bhp, they offers less than the Figo and 0-100kp/h takes a pedestrian 13.3 seconds.

2014 FOod Fiesta Side

Summing it…

I want to like the Fiesta, and superficially I do. But there is a massive problem; a basic Focus is only AED 4,000 more expensive. If you can’t afford the Focus then the chances are you won’t be able to afford the Fiesta either. You will then be forced to buy a Figo for AED 49,000, which is AED 16,000 cheaper. This is the sixth incarnation of the Fiesta, whereas the Figo is a re-branded fifth generation version. It’s a good looking car with a cool interior and a trusted engine, but you have to ask yourself what the point of this popular super-mini actually is.

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