The Fiesta is a fabulous car which suffered from only one basic flaw – positively insane pricing. So insane was the pricing that the Ford Fiesta Classic (the older Fiesta) continued to be lapped up while dealers tried everything possible to sell the facelifted small-bottomed Fiesta and failed. In fact, if given the opportunity – Ford would want to pretend that the Fiesta before this one was almost like Windows 2000 – it didn’t exist. When we drove the new Fiesta the objective was simple – to find where it stood vis-à-vis the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.
Buy The Looks of it
The front fascia makes it look aggressive on the road and looks almost reminiscent to that of an Aston Martin, or a Fiat Linea (depending on how rich your taste is), the laser-cut wraparound headlamps make it look distinctly muscular while the sculpted bodyline and 15-inch alloys on the top-end we were driving definitely give it an edge above the competition. However, the rear of the car, like its predecessor is still frailed and from some angles appears like it was thrummed into the car by force. The new Fiesta facelift’s rear might be too puny for the rest of the car but the taillights are much better detailed, bigger than before and look better-composed thanks to a new rear spoiler. These two things together, do make the car’s rear look just a tad bit sporty and make up for the size of it. That said, the boot (430 litres) is deceptively large from inside. On papers, it’s 80 litres less than Honda City, 35 litres less than Hyundai Verna and 24 litres less than Volkswagen Vento, but it’s still more than you will ever need until and unless you plan to stuff the boot with the bodies of militants like Akshay Kumar did in Holiday you should be ok. The interiors are top of the line while the instrument deck is what a man would fall in love with. The sound system that the top-end receives is flawless (you wouldn’t even really need an amplifier) and the steering controls are easy to use. The seats are comfortable, though if you are tall, you might feel a little constricted. The power windows switches have been moved a little further in the door to make them simpler to operate and on the top end, you get automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The plush interiors and aggressive front of the car pretty much make up for the half-baked rear and make the car look refreshingly appealing.
App link sets you free...almost
The Fiesta 2014 comes with the Ford Applink that Ford just can’t get enough of. This one though is the second version of the one that Ecosport ships on. It lets you make calls, play music, use maps, helps you search nearby ATMs, restaurants etc; and in case you meet with an accident, it will automatically connect you to the emergency services, send them your location and also let you speak to them. This feature is something which was not present in the earlier versions of Applink. While the app link worked just fine in the closed walls of the star-rated property, how would it handle on the open road? Astonishingly enough, it works seamlessly; it can easily hunt for names in your phone directly and call them (the system might take some time in getting used to your accent though).
Let’s keep it straight, just like Hyundai Xcent (well, it’s not where the competition lies but if you have driven the Xcent you would know of it) , it’s sluggish till 1500 rpm, so sluggish that speed breakers, rumble strips and U-turns haunt you, but on highways, it’s a true joy to drive. It picks up pace in no time and inspires a spot of boy-ish hoodlumism. There are no vibrations even at high speeds, the car is stable on the curves and the suspension is bulletproof. The clutch, though, did seem slightly springy when we drove it and the brakes just a tad bit soft. But, overall, the Fiesta packs in a good amount of power, is groovy in looks, fuel efficient and beefier than its predecessor. But is that enough to steer you away from the Hyundai Verna and Honda City? To a great extent, it is.