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Ford Fiesta 1.6 is far better then Honda City 2008
Nov 06, 2008 11:39 AM 11094 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.


From


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!


Interiors


As


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


As


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.


Verdict


As


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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