Since its introduction in South Africa, the Ford Fiesta has remained a popular choice for compact hatchback buyers across the country. The success of the Fiesta lives on, with Ford selling Fiestas by the hundreds on a monthly basis. The Fiesta’s success hasn’t come easy though and the compact hatchback segment is crowded with competitors like the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio, Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 and so forth, all vying to dominate the segment. So why should you consider a Ford Fiesta then?
We spent a week with the Fiesta 1.0T Ambiente automatic to see what makes this offering so competitive.
In Ambiente trim, interior features are rather basic, but sufficient. Features include a multifunction function steering wheel that’s adjustable for rake and reach, SYNC Bluetooth connectivity, USB and Auxiliary inputs, Radio/CD player, electric front windows and air conditioning.
In terms of space, the Fiesta offers 276-litres of boot space, which is less than its main rivals, but space can be increased by folding the split rear bench down to load larger items. Space for rear seat passengers is on the tight side and larger individuals may have a problem in terms of leg and headroom. Family-orientated buyers will be happy to find ISOFIX child seat mounts fitted as standard.
This Fiesta has a claimed 0-100kph time of 10.8 seconds, but in reality it feels a whole lot quicker. Performance is brisk and the Fiesta responds well to throttle inputs making it very nippy in traffic and quite fun to drive. Out on the highway, the Fiesta copes well at highway speed and it always has a bit of punch when you need to overtake. The Fiesta is a pleasure to drive.
In terms of fuel consumption, Ford claims 4.9L/100km on the combined cycle, but you can expect about 6.5L/100km, depending on your driving style.
On the safety front, this Fiesta in Ambiente trim comes with two airbags for the driver and passenger and ABS with EBD is fitted as standard.
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The Ford Fiesta is a good-looking small hatch and the EcoBoost powerplant and automatic gearbox make for a good combination. -David Taylor
We Like: Engine performance, good ride and handling, solid interior
We Don’t Like: Lack of features, dull interior, could do with more space
Also Consider: Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio, Hyundai i20