The Ford Fiesta, one of the best sellers of the American manufacturer in Europe, is renewed! We were so slow to take the wheel, to discover one of the Citadines references who intend to remember that it is necessary to count with it.
2019 Ford Fiesta Exterior Design is not custom, Ford has not radically changed the style language of his Fiesta, even if it is a whole new generation. The kinship with the previous appears obvious, especially in the look. It has been clearly modernized, but the whole body appears to be more fluid, with less marked features. It keeps its looks slender, even sporty especially in our finish ST line.
It is in the back that we will differentiate this new Fiesta from the old one at first glance. Indeed its horizontal lights slice with the verticals of the one that precedes it to the catalog. She finally gets into classicism, giving her a little-unsuspected premium air. We had been able to observe the future ST and Allure that will arrive later in the catalog. The second, which takes itself for what it is not, in a small crossover, is likely to please a lot. It will be interesting to see what its share will be in future annual sales. Anyway, we love it.
On the New Ford Fiesta Interior, it is not the same story at all. It changes at all, and it’s so much better! The presentation, much simpler and more modern also gives a nasty old shot to the one it replaces. It adopts a more classic style, with an 8-inch “tablet” screen as it now seems to be fashionable for some time already, which thus allows saving heaps of buttons. The dashboard appears a little more aerial in its design. In the lower part, we find the air conditioning controls.
The steering wheel also becomes a small computer with a few buttons to manage the multimedia functions and dedicated to the regulation of the speed. Obviously, in terms of equipment, it integrates the little things that go well, like Carplay and Android Auto compatible with voice command. Of course, it also equips itself with an armada of cameras for a view 360 and driving aids worthy of a modern compact, including an intelligent controller, a support of maintenance in the way etc. We have still found some coarse finishing details, which we hope to see corrected by its commercialization.
Once on board, you feel rather comfortable in a comfortable seat. The driving position is fairly easily adjusted. Here, no raised counters or any other joke like a 100% digital display. The instrumentation has everything that is more mundane, with needles and a small screen to display all the useful information. Under our hood, a 1, 140 horsepower. In our ST Line finish, the look is a little more worked. But especially the chassis is hardened with suspensions slightly firmer than the other variations. We appreciate this gasoline block, probably one of the best in its class.
Indeed, there is no lack of breath, has the punch to resell and thus energizes all the times on all reports. As a bonus, it has an extension that does not have the Diesel 120 hp, which we also showed on this occasion. The box control a little soft and eye-catching on the first two reports Blackens a hair the picture, but frankly nothing breaker. In addition, consumption is particularly flattering in real life, with just 5 liters of conventional driving. It will cap in the 8 liters for the most fierce of the steering wheel.
The electrical direction makes the feeling a little artificial. But it has been much worse, and it does not really disturb the general conduct. One would have liked just more consistency on the road, to enjoy even better this versatile platform, which offers a good level of comfort, and a dynamism that does not have much to envy to the queens of the category. The impression of very good handling, it is probably also to the exceptional pneumatic lift. These are expensive Michelin Pilot Sport 4. These gums fitted the ST line and Vignale, while Premacy’s were mounted on the Titanium vehicles.
One wonders what it would be like with tires perhaps less turned to dynamism because one can legitimately think that the customers will not fetch in the same price range, once these wear out. Still, it does not conceal the good qualities of the chassis of this new 2019 Ford Fiesta, a point on which it already makes the difference compared to even a Seat Ibiza that we tried a few weeks ago, which shares its platform with the Polo.
this new Fiesta succeeds its molt, without losing its look that has pleased so many customers of the previous generation. If the range starts at less than 14 000 euros, the different finishes can climb at tariffs that are not necessarily the “cheapest” segment, even if they remain affordable. In addition, the Vignale version, which offers a little more refinement with some exterior and interior details making it a little more premium, exchanges against 21 800 euros. So this new Fiesta is not perfect. But, given his performances, the curve of his sales declined suddenly, especially since the previous generation still made impressive figures even at the end of the career.