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Ford Fiesta 1.6 is far better then Honda City 2008
Nov 06, 2008 11:39 AM 11148 Views

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Ford Fiesta 1.6 Sedan

This is my Experience with Ford Fiesta in Jaipur as I was looking to buy a car costing less then 8 Lac

First Look

I was not at all disappointed when I lay my eyes on the beautiful Fiesta. I was looking at the top end 1.6 SXI DuraTEC version with optional ABS. The Ford Fiesta will not exactly make you drool, but is sure to get you

noticed. On the front the Ford Fiesta sports a large bumper and a large radiator grille and very well proportioned twin headlamps. The bonnet lines which end at the radiator grill impart a much understated

aggressiveness to the complete look.


the side the Ford Fiesta looks very well proportioned and the grip type

door handles look and feel great. The black B pillar adds character to

the look and the raised wheel arches complete the understated

aggression look. The rear will fool some into believing that they are

looking at a Mercedes. The wrap-around tail lamps are a straight lift

from a merc. The chrome strip above the number plate looks good and

adds class. So at first look the Ford Fiesta is a winner. Now let’s

step inside and see what the Fiesta has in store!



soon I stepped into the driver’s seat and closed the door, I was

reassured by the solid thud of the door closing and of the excellent

build quality of the car. The interior of the Fiesta has been done in a

beautiful and luxurious black and beige scheme. The quality of the trim

is excellent and has a very rich feel to it. The interior is very

spacious and the driving position is very comfortable with a commanding

view of the road. The instrument panel in front of me was impressive.

The Ford Fiesta’s instrument panel boasts of a tachometer, a digital

trip meter, a fuel gauge, a clock, and an outside temperature display.

The silver garnish on the dashboard, AC vents and the leather wrapped

steering looks good. There is an ICE (In Car Entertainment) system at

your command, which includes a 6 in dash CD player, AM/FM radio and a 6

speaker system. Ford should have included an MP3 player which is the

standard in all cars of this segment. The sound quality is good,

although not at par with some of the high end systems available in the

market. The height adjustable driver’s seat gives the driver a

commanding view of the road. The rear view mirrors and the boot lid are

electrically operated and are very convenient. However, the bonnet

opening latch is very strangely and inconveniently placed on the

passenger’s side! At the rear, there is ample legroom, but three

passengers may feel a bit cramped. There are reading lights and

magazine pockets in the rear for the corporate traveler.

Road Performance


soon I as I turned the key, the 101 bhp beast came to life silently. I

was impressed! The NVH levels in the Ford Fiesta are very low and you

will hardly hear the engine until you rev it hard. I turned on the AC

and put the car into gear. The Ford Fiesta took off confidently and

without any vibration. I could feel the power of the 100 horses under

the hood as I accelerated to 35 kmph and shifted to 2nd gear. The Ford

Fiesta has excellent low-end torque and city riders will be pleased

with the gear ratios. Shifting through the gears was very easy and the

big gear knob has excellent feedback. Very soon I was seeing 90 kmph on

the dial and it felt as if I was doing only 40kmph! The power steering

is very responsive and has a turning radius of 4.9 meters which is very

good for a car this size. The steering remained rock steady in a

straight line the car did not roll too much in high speed cornering.

The Fiesta does feel a little light at high speeds and you feel as if

the tyres may lose their grip, but I guess that is because of the alloy

rims and tubeless tyres. The suspension of the Ford Fiesta is something

to write home about. I took the car on an especially bumpy stretch of

road to put the suspension to test, and the suspension literally soaked

up the pot holes! I could hardly feel the bumps as the car glided over

the trademark bumpy Indian road. Full marks to Ford for an excellent

piece of suspension engineering. This baby is made for the Indian

roads! Braking is good, although at high speeds you wish that they had

put in disc brakes in the rear too. However the optional ABS will make

the braking surer. The Ford Fiesta is a driver’s car and it wants you

to extract every bit of performance out of it.



compared to the New Honda City 2008 and other cars in its

category, the Ford Fiesta feels much solidly built and handles much

better on the road. Ford has put together a near complete package in

terms of style, comfort, power and reliability. And at a very

attractive price tag of under 7.5 lakhs for the top end version, I feel

the Ford Fiesta beats the Honda City 2008 and other cars in its class

by miles in terms of performance and value for money. With features

specially developed for the Indian market, like the 0.45 meter deep

water proof capability, typical of Indian monsoons, and the fast cool

AC, the Ford Fiesta has an edge over the competition. If the guys at

Ford finally put their service network act together, they have a sure

winner on their hands. This is by far the best performance car in its

category on Indian roads today and has the potential to be No. 1 in its

class on Indian roads .......

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