As an expat living in the UK, I thought I’d write a review about a car that you won’t get, but probably should. (Note from the editors: we get the hot ST model, but not the wider range.)
The car in question is a Ford Fiesta Titanium EcoBoost 1.0L 5-door from 2018, in a rather striking deep impact blue (note the red shown here – Ed). Now, for the sake of truth and honesty, I do not own this car. I even rented it for 10 days while I didn’t have a car, but after 1000 miles behind the wheel, I think I would buy one (not in this specification) and this is why.
Let’s start with the main reason that I would buy this car and I wouldn’t say a Volkswagen Polo: the engine. It is a squatter, with a personality that ensures that you have every opportunity to knock your neck. The Volkswagen is a good car, but with the personality of a kitchen appliance.
The three-headed turbo pulls through the gears with such willingness, it seems a shame not to drive him fast in a curvy track. It is also not just a one-trick pony. At 80 mph (the UK is not a police state … yes), it was under 2600rpm in sixth gear. The engine has a perfect companion in the six-speed gearbox (ask your grandparents what a manual transmission of children is).
I suppose the disadvantage of this is that I only see 57mpg, which is probably a little thirsty for an engine that you could sit on a primary school bench. The Ford has a nice big screen with all the usual things that modern cars have. I especially like the layout, which is better than the 2016 Skoda Superb Estate that I have just returned to the leasing company.
The dials are easy to read, the on-board computer is digital and adaptable with all kinds of readings. The seats are soft but comfortable, just like the leather steering wheel. The fiesta appears to have grown to full size in the new model, with plenty of legroom in the back for big teenagers or adults. They will have hours of fun figuring out what the strange handle is that the rear windows are rolling.
The interior is a nice place to be and, even in this model with average specifications, the interior lighting looks great at night with the baby blue lighting in the cabin – even when the cup holders light up!
The Titanium may miss a few things that are in the higher spec models, but nothing that I could not specifically think I needed. The Bluetooth connection with my iPhone and the CarPlay was seamless when I used it (I prefer to connect via Bluetooth, I am such a dinosaur).
I liked how you could show the navigation map and the audio controls on the screen at the same time and you could turn the screen off completely at night. There are currently 17 different modes of the Fiesta on the Ford website, which seems crazy and the ST has not even come out (at the time of writing).
Back to the driving experience, the ride and the return of the car is excellent, the front responds and the ride is pretty damn good. It does not bounce or bounce over the poorly maintained suburban streets in my neck of the forest. The only criticism I have is the noise from the Michelin Premacy 3 tires.
Personally I like the styling of the Titanium, but I prefer the chromeless face of the ST-Line – which brings me to the conclusion: the Fiesta is a great little car with a willing engine that turns a little car into something much nicer but I wouldn’t buy one, I would buy a Fiesta ST and go through a full midlife crisis!
NOTE: Although an image was included with this story, it was only an internal recording. We have replaced it with a press photo that shows the exterior of the vehicle. (And yes, we are bringing galleries to owner reviews.