dates : 20th February 2005
24th February 2005
the heart of the Fiesta 1.4i is a modest sixteen-valve
four-cylinder engine profiled more for torque than
It delivers its 60 kiloWatts at just 5500 rpm, and the
torque peak of 128 Newton Metres is at 3500 rpm.
The Fiesta for 2005 retains its simple mechanical
specification, and this is allied to a strong Ford
family appearance that is thoroughly modern.
The crisply-styled oval grille is flanked by prominent
triangular headlights. At the rear of the car are the
eye-catching vertical taillights first seen on the Ford
On the down-side, though, badging is somewhat of the
The cabin of the Fiesta is modern and pleasing, with
good levels of plastic finishes for a car of this price
Standard for R110 500 are dual airbags, a front-loading
CD, and air-conditioning.
Luggage space and versatility is excellent for this
Acceleration is good if not neck-snapping, with 0-100 in
13,5 seconds, and a top speed of a 168 kilometres-per-hour.
As far as handling is concerned, Ford achieves fantastic
ride-quality on very basic underpinnings.
Ford engineers in England spent a lot of effort in
designing a rear axle that resists longitudinal
deflection, and similar attention was given to the front
Using narrow 165-65 tyres on steel rims, grip is modest,
The engine has the ability to lug from as low as 2000
rpm, yet spin like a sewing machine to the 6000
In basic 1.4i trim, this model looks slightly muted. The
striking exterior body shape needs the alloy wheels
fitted to the more expensive models in the Fiesta range
to flesh out its form.
But itís a joy to drive despite its modest
specification and a definite front runner for the Car of
the Year award which will be announced on March the
An honest small car that surprises with its strong
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