Fiesta fun at the double
We all love a good Fiesta – and I got a double helping recently.
I’m not talking about the celebrations to mark special events though.
My fun came from driving two of the many models in Ford’s new Fiesta line-up.
The first one brought huge smiles to many onlookers – thanks to the little car’s registration.
Everyone appeared to love Ford’s super CAR 1 number plates.
There was a lot more than the reg though to draw admiring looks.
This was the new Fiesta Titanium five-door and it’s a little gem.
Another appealing touch was the exclusive Blue Wave colour, coming at an extra £745.
The Fiesta is the UK’s top-selling supermini despite the ever-rising competition in this sector.
And the arrival of the new models last year will keep it at the forefront with six trim levels to choose from – Style, Zetec, Titanium, ST Line, Vignale and the recently-launched sporting ST.
On-the-road prices range from £13,165 for the entry-level three-door Style and there’s a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines in the three and five-door line-up.
The first test model was a Titanium five-door with a super 1.5-litre diesel engine under the bonnet.
It’s not the fastest model in the range but was no slouch either.
Sprinting from standstill to 62mph in nine seconds, it moves quickly out of the blocks and there was plenty of mid-range power.
The120ps engine was never too noisy and with a top speed of 120mph cruised along quietly at maximum motorway speeds.
Assisted by stop/start technology, this model is capable of achieving super combined fuel economy of 80.1mpg, urban 72.3mpg and extra urban 88.3mpg.
The slick six-speed manual gearbox allowed quick changes up and down with lots of mid-range grunt when called upon.
This Fiesta was at its best while driving on some country roads where it displayed super agility and road grip.
Suspension improvements also bring much better ride comfort going over bumps.
Light steering assists parking manoeuvres while the £500 auto park assistance, including front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera, was an option I don’t reckon was really necessary on a car of this size.
Driving position was good in a top-spec interior that provides plenty of room for driver, front and two rear seat passengers.
With an on-the-road price of £18,975, this Titanium model brings a long list of standard features.
These include 16-inch 10-spoke alloys – test model had £350 17-inch options – Halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps with cornering lights, LED night signature to rear lights, power-foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, rear privacy glass and quickclear heated windscreen.
There’s also an eight-inch touchscreen, satnav, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay, two USB sockets and six speakers.
Power button start, cruise control and a raft of safety equipment are all standard.
The second car was an ST-Line X five-door featuring the same engine and performance figures, so not much more to report on those.
It costs £1,350 more in standard form than the Titanium.
This is the model for drivers who want the looks of an ST but don’t require the extra speed or higher insurance cover.
It handled much the same as the first model although the ride was a bit firmer with its sports tuned suspension.
And with optional 18-inch alloys, I did feel it tackled tight bends with a little more grip.
The ST-Line has much the same spec as the Titanium but with those added sporty bits.
These include a mesh grille, side skirts, large body-coloured rear spoiler and chrome exhaust.
Inside there’s partial leather sports seats – the test model had optional red pack that included race red interior touches – stainless steel pedals, sports style flat-bottomed steering wheel and ST-Line front door threshold plates.
The new Fiesta continues to lead the field and just four months after its launch it was crowned Best Supermini Scottish Car of the Year 2017 by myself and fellow members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers.