For more than 40 years the Ford Fiesta has been a mainstay mode of transport with Irish buyers. Through the years in all its guises, it has been the car in the compact class that others have tried to emulate. Last year Ford brought us a new model with all mod cons and technology to keep up to date with the latest trends.
What Ford has done here is stuck to their knitting, followed well-worn standards, and moved the Fiesta into the modern era with a car that might not look too different or boast a huge amount of change in the interior, but has delivered a car that the others still must match.
I have been driving the top-spec Ford Fiesta Titanium with a 1.0L EcoBoost 100PS three-cylinder petrol engine. There are two of these three-pot engines available; the test one and a 125PS Vignale version that has extra pep and is a bit more exciting that the 100PS version. Even so, the 100PS is decent enough, not overly fast but chirpy enough in the small body of the Fiesta.
Your normal entry level Fiesta will cost you €16,650 but few will opt for that version. The Fiesta ST-Line or the Titanium versions are probably more attractive and the Titanium version, like the one I have been driving has a starting price of €20,150 which is a good price when you consider what you get for your money.
Key standard Titanium features include 15” 8-spoke alloy wheels, Halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, Front fog lamps with cornering lights, Ford SYNC 3 DAB Radio with 6.5” Touchscreen, Emergency Assistance, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Quickclear heated windscreen, Leather steering wheel Leather-trimmed handbrake handle and Thatcham alarm.
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