2017 Ford Fiesta: Dimensions, MPG and the Next Generation of Fun

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The Ford Fiesta, since it’s release has surprised a lot of people.  Myself included.

It is very practical, cheap and the ST trim level has impressed many auto enthusiasts around the world.  It’s a little pocket rocket.  

Now this baby economical hatchback is getting a bit of a makeover.  The next generation Ford Fiesta has a lot in store and I really hope that it lives up to what the previous generation did for its owners.  The Fiesta is a fantastic first car, and offers the learning experience of a manual transmission.  The manual option is always a great choice for first-time drivers since it helps to avoid distractions on the road, since they need to focus on shifting instead of texting. This new guy is also a bit larger than the previous generation, about 0.2 inches longer at its wheelbase.

Just remember great success that Ford had with 2016 range model.

So obviously the Ford Fiesta is a good car, but let’s dive into this new one and see if it’s got the pep.

The Exterior:

Cute, isn’t it?  The new Fiesta trades its previous edition’s sharper eyes for a softer, more friendly look.  The standard issue Aston Martin-like grille creates a slightly bold nose but the rest of the car and its lines are soft and inviting.

The rear end of the Fiesta really completes the car.  It has a bit more aggression to it, but overall it’s a friendly little hatchback for the most basic A-to-B commuter.  There isn’t much to say about the exterior of the new Fiesta, but you can tell it’s practical, cute and eager to move.  

The Interior:

This is great.  A true art is to master making the most when given only a little.  The outgoing Fiesta’s interior was a bit tacky and quickly outdated, but you can tell this new one is already very different.  While the copy-and-paste tablet protruding out of the center stack seems a bit over used and looks like what you get out of a Chevy nowadays, I’m sure it was cost effective for Ford.  Plus it looks clean here, and the interior looks intelligently laid out.  I much favor these new air vents over the old ones and those honeycomb patterns on the seat are very appealing.  It’s safe to say Ford did a good job here updating the interior styling.  The old Fiesta seemed like it tried to be too futuristic on the inside, so this is refreshing.

Look at those red accents!  It’s not overdone!  The little red lining almost looks like it’s out of an M3, and the flat-bottomed steering wheel looks bolstered and driver friendly!  I love it!

You can expect the new Fiesta to feature a five passenger cabin like the current model, however don’t expect five adults to fit comfortably for a long period of time.  Things are cramped in the back seat, but you can’t expect a lot out of the super compact segment.  Overall I think Ford did a fantastic job designing the interior of this little hatch.  Gone are the days of obviously cheap materials and hollow plastics.  Ford also promises that the updated Fiesta will have more sound deadening technology and a stiffer body to make driving the baby Ford a real pleasure.

The Performance:

Here’s where things get cool; We’re going to talk about the Fiesta ST a bit.  The standard Fiesta will most likely sport a 1.0L EcoBoost three cylinder engine, which will deliver a reasonable 158 HP (which is 15 more than the current generation U.S. engine).  We will most likely also see a version of the current 1.6L four-cylinder for some trim levels.  Shifting will come courtesy of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.   There are going to be a number of variants for European customers that the United States market may miss out on, such as a baby crossover model and a more luxury oriented variant called Vignale.  Another great point for the new Fiesta is that it seems to be getting a host of driving technology and aids that the outgoing Fiesta has absent from it.  This includes pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward collision detection and lane keeping assist.  It is really great to see technology that used to be offered on only the most lavish and expensive cars trickling down to the mass market.  

Now let’s talk about the most exciting option.  The Fiesta ST.  The hot-hatch will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show (VERY SOON!) and I am so excited.  News is that the Fiesta ST is dropping the 1.6L Turbo four in favor of a new 1.5L turbocharged three cylinder engine.  Even though it is downsized considerably, the new engine will produce the same 197 HP as the outgoing four cylinder.  However, torque will be up to 213 Lb-Ft instead of 202 from the old Fiesta ST.  Impressive stuff from the Blue Oval then.  Also, the ST gets a cheeky Drive Mode option, which is good for normal mode, Sport and Track.  Each one changing the engine’s response, steering weight, traction control and active exhaust note.  MPG ratings will also increase because the little smart Fiesta is able to cut power to one cylinder and re-engage it in as little at 14 milliseconds.  

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Sub Compact/Hatchback
Powertrain: 1.0L 3-cyl. Turbo / 1.5L 3-cyl. Turbo (Est)
Gearbox: 6-speed auto , 6-speed manual (est.)
Power: 158 – 197 HP
MPG: 38 Highway, 28 City (est.)
Torque: 150 – 213 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 171 Inches (4.3 Meters) (est.)
Width: 68 Inches (1.72 Meters) (est.)
Height: 58 Inches (1.47 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 120 MPH (197 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5
Wheelbase: 99 Inches (2.5 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 8.7 Sec. – 7.0 (est.)
Base Price: $13,600-$21,100 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

The new Fiesta has some big shoes to fill, but don’t worry.  The new one is very promising and we can see a release date of sometime later this year (we’ll know at Geneva).  Most people are excited for the ST trim which is understandable, but the car as a whole looks fantastic even in base form.  Let’s hope this Fiesta is as fun as it seems!

 

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