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Fiesta ST2 Flawed Diamond
FORD FIESTA 1.6 EcoBoost ST-2 3dr (Review date: 25th February '14)
Bought my Fiesta ST2 to replace my ageing VW Golf R32 but wish I'd kept my R32. If you read all the Magazines they will say the new Fiesta ST is the best hot hatch ever but living with it day in day out it's not quite as good as they say (in my view). At first driving the ST you are blown away by the ST's chassis and road holding and steering, the engine is a gem but once past the excitement and using the car for day to day commuting and driving the hard bouncy ride and awkward driving position become wearing. Also the car suffers from awful tram lining and torque steer that upsets the steering and bumps kick back through the steering going round bends. The Fiesta ST is not a bad car by any means but it's not a great one and I hate the door sill trims that light up red not very classy!!
FORD FIESTA 1.6 Titanium 5dr Powershift (Review date: 21st February '14)
FORD FIESTA 1.6 Zetec S 3dr (Review date: 28th January '14)
So, I've had my Zetec S just over a year now and to be honest it hasn't skipped a beat yet. Me being 3rd owner with full service history and all.
When i first bought the car i was surprised as to how little a tank of fuel got you (250-275) but after a while i realised its based on previous driving and me not really having a heavy foot i regularly get 350 miles or so. (don't get me wrong i do like to give it some every so often).
ATM she's on 37,000 and still gets around 40-45mpg when driven at around 70 which I'm surprised as a lot of people say they get a lot less?
the cabin can be noisy in the back as when trying to speak to people they have to either lean forward to hear of keep replying with "what you say"? ha. in the front its not an issue.
my model has all the extras such as bluetooth which now i will never buy a car without it, parking sensors which omg are a godsend previously reversing in to two bollards in previous cars these lil sensors have saved me loads. and the folding wing mirrors are just a party trick really.
the seats are very comfy and on my commute to london to see my siblings which is 180 mile round trip for me the car doesn't skip a beat and i see on average 40.6mpg on the trip. if only they made a DSG though as the clutch has a lot of spring in it so keeping your foot on it it starts to hurt after a while.
The car does need some rear discs however as the drums just aren't powerful enough and you need to put a lot of effort into stopping.
overall: needs a DSG variant, the dashboard lights up every time you get in so at night mistakes you into not putting your lights on, and the aircon is loud, but is very quick very comfortable and is the best looking ford to date!
Fiesta ST2 ecoboost with MP215
FORD FIESTA 1.6 EcoBoost ST-2 3dr (Review date: 18th December '13)
Having owned just about every st model ford have ever done this car had a lot to contend with. Has it done it? YES!
The cars handling is out of this world you can just chuck it round corners and it will grip. Loads of lift off oversteer which is great fun. Car has plenty of oomph, one thing a lot of the magazine reviews have got wrong is the power figure, they all state 180bhp. Wrong. It is actually more like 198bhp as the car has an over boost feature where you get more power for 20seconds. I have now also had the ford approved mountune upgrade so it now has 215bhp. Mid range torque is superb now no need to drop a gear for overtakes anymore.
Fuel economy is very good for the performance of the car, I have seen over 50mpg on steady motorway runs but in normality 40mpg is what you will get. Â£120 a year road tax is a bonus too. Only issue I have had was the led daytime running lights in one of the headlamps failed, resulting in a whole new headlight that is the only fix apparently. Obviously not my problem while in warranty but once outside could prove costly.
Brilliant car would recommend to anyone under the age of 40 with a decent back as the ride is firm.
Sporty, Fun, Practical and Reliable
FORD FIESTA 1.6 Zetec S 3dr (Review date: 17th November '13)
I was at first reluctant to purchase a brand name other than VW, Audi or BMW as in my family we have always stuck to these marques. Much to my surprise and enjoyment Ford have really produced an entry level sports hatch to be reckoned with here.
The car looks amazing and I am frequently spotting drivers in the adjacent cars eyeing up my Fiesta. Being a white car and always kept clean it looks like it was fresh out the showroom always. The trim including front, side and rear skirts with the spoiler and the lowered suspension contribute to make this car have a sporty presence on the road.
The steering is very responsive and so is the accelerator pedal. The handling is top and it almost feels like a road-acrobat under your full control it can dart between lanes with ease and flair.
The amount it costs to run is minimal. A full tanks is around £50 and that can take me over 230 miles. there are some months where I haven't gone to the petrol station! The Tax is £68 for a half year, very good compared with other cars. Servicing I have not had to pay a dime on fixing anything. The price of insurance is also rock-bottom, allowing you to spend you money on more worthwhile things like holidays!
The car has never let me down even in the harshest and coldest weather after not being driven for weeks, it starts as if you were just in it yesterday.
As a perfectionist I am always keen to spot improvement areas and so here are the things I think could be improved
-Feel of plastics and materials used in car. Don't get me wrong here it doesn't feel like you bought something cheap but I like soft touch rubber and leather, both of which are sparse within the cabin. The rear valence also looks a bit cheap.
-Thicker steering wheel would go nicely in this car since you are touching it all the time, Ford seem to have payed little attention to it
-Xenon Lights not standard. This would make a lot of a difference to me.
This car has taught me not to judge a vehicle by its brand and to seek out makes and models that you are not used to, you'd be surprised.
ford fiesta 125 eco boost titanium
FORD FIESTA 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 8th October '13)
this is an excellent small car hard to believe it is only a 1.0 litre engine very smooth and quiet on a roads and motorways at the moment ### is 44 mainly town driving cant get any where near the ford mpg figures but quite happy with the mpg i am getting plus zero road tax , all in all great car cheap to run quite powerfull for its engine size very well equipped being the titanium model dont be put off by the engine size test drive one and you will see what i mean must be the the best small car on the road did test drive an audi a1 just found the fiesta a nicer car to drive
For a practical and fun hatch, you can't beat the Fiesta Zetec
FORD FIESTA 1.25 Zetec 3dr  (Review date: 19th September '13)
Needed a reliable, new, cost effective car when I started my own business. The Fiesta Zetec was the perfect choice - low running costs and road tax as well as low insurance group but a fun car to drive both around town and longer distances. Room comfortably for 4/5 people and a decent boot size too. Cannot fault it for reliability, finish, driveability and cost effective running.
The Ford standard... more (trim-rattle) as standard.
FORD FIESTA 1.6 TDCi  Titanium 5dr (Review date: 21st June '13)
I've had my Fiesta for 6months now, I also used to work quality control at Mini so I feel my review has some weight to it.
Firstly the Fiesta is an excellent car to drive, the steering is light and responsive, the gear box slick and effortless, breaking is good and the grip you get from the tires feels almost infinite, this is definitely one of (if not) the best small cars I have ever driven.
However for all that effort the Ford engineers have gone into giving you the perfect drive is absolutely shattered by the amount of trim rattle you get from within the cabin. Even on the smoothest road I get considerable trim rattle from the left A-post, behind the speedometer and from the right front window. It's shocking that a car built in 2010 should suffer from this sort of problem, I also owned the previous generation Fiesta and that too suffered from trim rattle but this time coming from the rear of the cabin. However my first car, a 1991 Toyota Corolla never suffered with any of this, so why should it be expected from a modern car? Did I also mention this is a top Titanium model Fiesta?
Maybe there's a problem with construction at the Ford plant in Valencia, maybe when the cars are put together in the heat of southern Spain and then transported to the colder UK everything inside contracts? No matter what the cause Ford should be righting these wrongs.
I'm also a little disappointed by the amount of mileage I get out of a full tank of diesel, the Ford salesman assured me it would be more than my old Fiesta, when actually it's about the same if not a little less.
Would I buy another Ford again, probably not and definitely not one built in Spain. With the likes of Hyundai really getting their acts together it's a wonder Ford hasn't done more to prove themselves with their most popular car.
The best small car money can buy
FORD FIESTA 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 19th June '13)
I have had my little Fiesta Titanium now for about 8 weeks. It is used daily for me and my fiancee to get back and forth from work, it also does the occasional trip down to the coast to see friends and family. So far we have been overwhelmed with the all round goodness of this car. It is great fun to drive with its 125BHP 1.0 turbocharged 3 cylinder lump. Who would have thought 3 cylinders could ever be so fun? So far we have averaged economy figures of anywhere between low 40's when its driven hard up to early 50's on a careful drive. Equipment levels are second to none, with an upmarket Sony stereo as standard on the Titanium model there is little to dislike about the audio solution. Other bells and whistles include climate, cruise, auto lights and wipers and full usb/bluetooth prep as well. In terms of driving the car the revvy little 3 cylinder provides plenty of go from low down in the revs, then holds the power beautifully right up the red line. It looks great, it goes well, handles like a go kart and makes us both smile on a regular basis. Whats not to like? Everyone should have one!!!
The Ford standard... more (trim-rattle) as standard.
FORD FIESTA 1.6 TDCi  Titanium 5dr (Review date: 20th April '13)
I wrote a review just after purchasing my Ford Fiesta at the start of the year, now 3 months after I feel compelled to write another so as to give a more rounded opinion for someone who has owned and driven the car for a longer period of time.
Firstly the car is still a joy to drive, the steering is responsive, using the gear box is slick and effortless, and the grip you seem to get out of the tires feels almost infinite...
But all that effort the Ford technicians have put into giving you the excellent driving experience is ruined thanks to Ford's problem with trim rattle inside the cabin. I had the last generation of Fiesta and had to put up with a strange unsolvable rattle coming from the rear of the cabin for two years, should I have gone for another Ford, now I'm not so convinced. Even on the smoothest of roads I have rattles coming from within the dash speedometer, the right-side driver's window and worst of all the passenger side A column. It's pretty embarrassing when you're giving mates a lift, and I find it incredible when you have the likes of Kia, Hyundai and other Asian car companies flooding the UK market with cheaper and sometimes better alternatives that Ford still builds a car to this standard. My first car was a early 90s Toyota Carolla and it cost a fraction of what my top spec Ford Fiesta Titanium cost me, and that never had any sort of problem with trim rattle. Maybe it's because these cars are built in the south of Spain where it's hot and when they're shipped to the colder UK everything inside contracts.
Another thing that bothers me is how many miles I'm getting out of this car, the Ford dealer assured me it would give "much better" mileage than my last Fiesta but it doesn't, it's about the same which is around 50MPG, Ford's own figures/claims of 70MPG must have been recorded while being driven on a steep downward slope, and for this reason the car could definitely do with a 6th gear.
All in all would I invest my money in another Ford, probably not and definitely not for one built in Spain. It's so agonising when you have a car that is fun to drive and mechanically sound, but utterly ruined because it's been stuffed full of cheap and poorly constructed plastics.