Black and White for fab Fiesta
IT’S been a phenomenal car for Ford and there’s no sign of the fabulous Fiesta losing its appeal.
More than four million models have been sold in the UK since its launch here in 1976.
And it continues to grow in popularity and break sales records.
The competition in this small car sector is massive but top player Fiesta fends off its ever growing band of rivals year after year.
It is the best-selling car of all time in the UK and a star performer for Ford in the sales charts.
This sixth-generation Fiesta outstripped the opposition with 133,434 sales in the UK last year – up from 131,254 in 2014 – and a whopping 41,357 sales and 1.6 per cent market share ahead of its nearest competitor.
And chart-toping sales of 7,913 in April saw sales for the first five months of the year hit 44,240 – streets ahead of nearest rival Vauxhall Corsa with 28,639 sales.
The secret behind the Fiesta’s success is Ford’s ability to ring the changes over the years and widen its appeal.
A new Fiesta is due next year but Ford continues to bring out a number of special editions.
The most recent are three or five door Black and White editions.
They offer a choice of petrol and diesel engines and I have just sampled a stunning little White Edition five-door model.
It was a real eye-catcher with its Frozen White body, contrasting black roof and mirrors, and Panther Black 15-inch alloy wheels with white inserts.
The theme continues in the cabin with white stitching for the seat trims, leather steering wheel, floor mats and handbrake gaiter and leather handle – as well as white steering wheel spokes, gear lever surround and door grab handles.
The test car came with Ford’s super 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and that ensured plenty of zip in this model.
There was lots of power from the 100PS unit to enjoy some fun driving going up and down the five-speed manual gearbox.
The Fiesta didn’t disappoint on handling with super agility and handling when cornering at speed.
It was always nippy enough with a zero to 62mph time of 11.2 seconds and capable of reaching 112mph.
Ride quality was excellent in town driving and the Fiesta was a smooth performer sitting at motorway speeds.
Economy figures are impressive as well – 53.3mpg urban, 76.4mpg extra urban and 657mpg combined.
The White Edition has a high level of standard equipment and this includes rear privacy glass, power foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, air con, hill start assist, trip computer, daytime running lights and headlamp courtesy delay.
Priced from £13,645 on-the-road, the Black and White Editions still offer super value – and bring more appeal to Ford’s award-winning and top-selling fab Fiesta.
The test car model costs £15,345.
If you’re looking for a hot-hatch Ford has a Fiesta to fit the bill on its way this summer.
A new Fiesta ST200 comes with a 200PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – the most powerful production Fiesta ever.
It will sprint from zero to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds and boasts a top speed of 143mph.
The ST200 will feature an exclusive specification including a unique Storm Grey exterior, distinctive machined matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing.Production of the Fiesta ST200 starts from June with customer deliveries this summer.