Ford Fiesta 1.5Tdci Trend- Full Review

Ford Fiesta 1.5Tdci Trend- Full Review

At home our daily drive is a Red 2012 Fiesta 1.4 manual, trusted, reliable and light on fuel, she has just ticked over 130 000kms now, and so getting the new Fiesta on test was a welcome sight. Even the madam was excited the new test car, on arrival she inspected it and had a slight grin which meant she approved of what she saw.

Visually the new car benefits from substantial improvements, the front end is bold with an impressive chrome surrounded grille and bold hexagon like shaped headlights, one can’t miss the vertically mounted fog lights strategically mounted at each corner of the lower bumper. Pity my test unit didn’t have the LED daytime running lights but had halogens. The headlights bond the side panels, bonnet and front bumper, this new car is so impressive onlookers thought it was the new Focus. The side profile is highlighted by the shoulder line that runs along the colour coded door handles, and smaller 2 tone indicator housing mirrors are a neat touch. The bottom of the door panels boast gentle bulge that adds some masculinity. My test unit had some nice multi spoke 17” alloys wearing 195/55 Michelin rubber. Ford has way of selecting the best looking alloys for the Fiesta if my memory serves me correct, or at least in my view. The rear is neat with horizontally mounted nice looking taillights and a roof spoiler being the main attractions. My test unit had useful rear parking sensors, which would be displayed in the stunning high definition infotainment system when reverse gear is engaged.

The Interior is awash with delightful touches, the gloss insert running right across the middle of the dash is one of the main attractions, to the perfectly mounted infotainment touch screen and centre console. The cluster is done very mildly, nothing jumps at you from it, I quite love how they have simplified the steering wheel controls. The seats are quite comfy as my occupants commented just about every time I travelled with people. The rear space is ample and the split folding seats proved useful. My seating position was superb, nice and low, which lead to an enjoyable drive. The infotainment system now has Ford’s 3rd Gen Synch Tech, operating the system was bliss, sound quality was decent and setting up my phone was quite easy. Boot space proved useful and ample. Overall the interior matched the exterior in looks and finish.

The 1.5L Dura-Torq powered 4cylinder diesel unit in the test mule generated 63kw and a mediocre 175nm of torque, this was mated to a well-mannered 6 speed manual gear box that sends power to the front wheels. It has to be said this unit needs more oomph …. Perhaps another 30nm or so of torque would be great, or one gear less. The ride quality is impressive and it behaves quite well even under pressed conditions. With a load of 5 adults I had to stay longer in 5th gear, and I detest over revving any diesel. From 3rd to 5th gear the power is decent and torque proves enough as long as you keep it in the right tune within the rev range. The suspension offers great ride and balance, its absorption of bumps and stability when cornering is impressive for the engine and size. It has to be said that the cabin is quite well insulated; I often forgot I was in an oil burner. The Trend derivative I had on test was not specified with cruise control, which took me by surprise as just about all other goodies were available.

Ford have done serious introspection with this new Fiesta, so much that it is hard to find fault or imperfections, The specification level for all derivatives is generous , engines are bang on precise. Well done Ford on a Proper product.


Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT                               R261 900

Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT                                R277 300

Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Trend 6MT                                       R292 500

Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT                           R295 900

Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT                            R310 600

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A four-year/60 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.

Yours in Motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani


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