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How much? £12,595
On sale in the UK: Now
Engine: 1398cc 4cyl turbodiesel, 67bhp @ 4000rpm, 118lb ft @ 1750rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Performance: 14.9sec 0-62mph, 101mph, 67.2mpg, 110g/km
How heavy / made of? 1152kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 3950/1722/1481
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Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi (2009) CAR review

By Glen Waddington

First Drives

18 November 2008 09:50

You’re going to see an awful lot of the new Ford Fiesta pretty soon. It’s bound to take its traditional place near the top of the British sales charts, and it deserves to do so far more than ever before. But though there’ll be plenty around, I’d wager three-quarters of them will be petrol-powered – the smaller you go, the less economics work in favour of diesel.

Why? Because the increase in purchase price is a greater proportion of the car’s overall value, and small cars tend to have lower annual mileages, so it takes longer for the improvement in fuel economy to outweigh the higher purchase price.

Nonetheless, a quarter of a massive sales volume is worth having, so Ford offers two diesel engines for the Fiesta: an 89bhp 1.6 16v, or the 67bhp 1.4 8v, tested here in best-selling Zetec trim, which sells for a sky-scraping £12,595 for the five-door.

Hmm, £12,595 for a Fiesta! Better be good...

The Fiesta offers plenty of virtues, which add up to a class-leading drive. So yes, it is good. Nearly-£13k good? Well, I have some reservations about that.

And they all concern the engine. It’s not bad, and delivers some excellent stats, headlines of which are 67.2mpg and 110g/km, but you pay for its parsimony with some distinctly ordinary performance figures. These days, 101mph flat-out and 14.9sec for the 0-62mph scramble fail to impress, especially at this price.

And that engine likes to remind the driver of its diesel nature. It’s rumbly when cold, rumbustious under acceleration, and drones with a rattly overtone around town on a light-to-medium throttle. It fails to deliver that low-rev turbodiesel shove we’ve all got used to, instead metering out just enough pace that it never actually feels slow. The Fiesta deserves a bit of zing, and the 1.4 petrol provides it – the diesel doesn’t.

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Batty says

RE: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Zetec CAR review

I had a friend from Leicester, he drove a red Fiesta, it smelt a bit like cheese, and it rubbed upon my knees, on the drive from Newcastle to Manchester.

19 November 2008 03:17



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Batty says

RE: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Zetec CAR review

Sorry, every time I read Fiesta my brain says siesta and then I fall to sl..... ZZZZ ZZZZ

19 November 2008 02:47



bigdoc98 says

RE: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Zetec CAR review

I think it is a nice car but why buy it new?cars like this go cheap all the time on you just have to get out there and look!

19 November 2008 02:28



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georgios1976 says

RE: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Zetec CAR review

Nice car, shame about engine performance, brake feel and above all, PRICE! Mind you, there are websites already offering £1,700 off list price for brand new, dealer sourced Fiestas, give it a year or so and discounts will be Punto-like, £3,500+, in which case a brand new Fiesta, diesel or not, will be pretty much the default choice.

18 November 2008 20:24



dipstickone says

RE: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Zetec CAR review

It is a nice car the fiesta - test drove one recently - tis a bit expensive - the problem is really the dealers who are not interested in trying to sell them. Ford really need to do something about their dealers.They have some nice models but dealers that really could not care less whether they sold a car or not. i'm off to buy a jazz instead - cheaper and a dealer who cares - just a little bit more.

18 November 2008 20:21

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