First Drive: 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0

Posted on 16. Dec, 2015 by in Ford Canada

TORONTO — The thriftiest gasoline-powered automobile on a marketplace — a three-cylinder Ford Fiesta — perceived a series of visible and apparatus updates for a 2014 indication year. 

At a finish of Jul a 2015 indication will be during your internal Ford store unchanged, with a difference of a tiny cost rebate and some additional features.

A discerning examination is in order. The Fiesta is a smallest Ford. The European-developed sub-compact is accessible in four-door sedan or five-door hatchback styles in S, SE and Titanium trim levels travelling a $15,000-$20,000 cost range. 

The S and Titanium versions have a 120-horsepower, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine and a SE gets a turbocharged, 1.0-litre, 123-horsepower three-cylinder.

A $25,000 ST chronicle is also accessible in hatchback form only, with a turbocharged chronicle of a 1.6-litre 4 producing 197 horsepower.

Ford, like GM and Chrysler, badly needs to sell some-more of tiny frugal cars to accommodate sovereign fuel economy regulations that need a whole corporate swift to accommodate a set average. 

As a domestic manufacturers sell so many full-sized pickups, a tiny fuel-sippers assistance move a normal down. 

As a result, a B-Class as it is famous in Europe, has turn a new prohibited mark with a Fiesta, Chevy Sonic and Fiat 500 doing conflict with vehicles like a Honda Fit, Hyundai /Kia twins Accent and Rio, Mazda2, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris

The Fiesta is a thriftiest of a lot. In three-cylinder SE trim it is rated during 4.3 litres/100 km on a highway and 6.2 in a city creation it a stingiest non-hybrid on a market. 

And during $16,000 — either sedan or hatchback — it costs many thousands reduction than any hybrid.

And it is a whole lot some-more fun to expostulate than any hybrid!

I have driven a Fiesta 1.0 in California, here during home, and many recently in a precinct of Toronto. It never fails to dazzle for a lissome inlet and a fact a tiny engine does not comprehend it is so small. This is a conspicuous tiny energy plant. we assimilated my associate jurors on a International Engine of a Year row in creation it a engine of a year.

Forget any conceptions we have about three-cylinder cars left over from such gloomy efforts as a Suzuki Swift and Chevy Metro. 

Standards, expectations and record have done outrageous strides given then. The imbalance fundamental in a three-cylinder engine has been separated not by a counter-rotating change shaft, though rather a crafty multiple of counter-weights on a flywheel and singular engine mounts. 

While they were during it, a European growth group came adult with an innovative oil-dipped timing belt designed to final a life of a engine — 10 years or 240,000 km!

The 1.0-litre engine is a showcase of creation and technical bravery and a theme of 125 patents. 

It weighs a small 98 pounds entirely dressed, has 4 valves per cylinder, approach injection and non-static valve timing on both intake and empty valves. 

The turbo is bolted directly to a cylinder head. The outcome is 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. That same outlay per litre is homogeneous to 246 horsepower and 296 lb-ft from a 2.0-litre engine or 615 horses and 740 lb-ft a five-litre V8! 

There is even an over-boost duty that boosts outlay from 125 lb-ft of torque to 143 for 15 seconds underneath full throttle. 

While a SE with a 1.0 engine carries a $1,300 premium, it offers a same energy as a customary four-cylinder, with lighter weight, 25 per cent fewer tools and softened fuel economy.

From behind a circle we are tough pulpy to tell it is anything though a complicated 4 either by a sound or behaviour.

Initially, a 1.0 will be accessible usually in SE trim interconnected with a five-speed primer transmission. Ford says 20 per cent of Fiesta buyers opt for this gearbox. 

While that might seem a rigging or dual brief of a stream collection of manuals, a far-reaching torque rope of a 1.0 interjection to a turbo, allows it to lift impressively from about 2,000 rpm with a pleasing growl. Ninety per cent of torque is accessible from 1,350 rpm

On a road, a Fiesta is a provide with pointy reflexes, good steering and a float that defies a light weight. Part of that bravery can be attributed to a torque vectoring complement that all though eliminates torque steer. 

Developed for high-performance, front-drive Fords sole in Europe, it is customary on all Fiestas in North America.

As mentioned, a 2014 indication came in for a series of updates that are carried over to a 2015 version. Those embody a new griddle with 5 chrome bars and a chrome approximate that reflects a new face of Ford that initial seemed on a 2013 Fusion.

Inside there is a new steering wheel, seats, instrument cluster, upgraded element and storage and new two-tone colours. 

The MyKey complement is standard, permitting mom or father to set speed and audio volume boundary and safeguard a audio complement stays pale until all occupants are belted in. 

The Fiesta is accessible in a accumulation of splendid colours and a series of tradition dealer-applied graphics and wraps so it can be individualized. 

The specs

2015 Ford Fiesta 1.0 SE hatchback

  • Price: $15,999 base
  • Engine: turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder with approach injection, 123 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Fuel economy (NRC litres/100 km city/highway): 6.2 / 4.3
  • Drive: front circle drive
  • Length: 4,409 mm
  • Width: 1,976 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,489 mm
  • Weight: 1,181 kg
  • Competition: Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda2, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris

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