New Ford Fiesta goes from ‘chunky to funky’

The new version of the Ford Fiesta is a significant improvement on the last incarnation, it has been claimed.

In a review which appears on the dailypost.co.uk website, David Simister writes that the sixth model in the Ford Fiesta series is as fun to drive as before while also being much more pleasing on the eye.

According to Mr Simister, the new Fiesta has gone from "chunky to funky" thanks to the addition of "swoopy curves" to the bodywork.

He also notes that driveability remains one of the main selling points of the vehicle, as it has been in the past.

"What it does take on from the last few Fiestas is the same reassuringly brilliant driving feel, which encourages you to push on without getting things wrong," he said in the article.

Inside the car, improved cabin space will appease those less interested in speed and more concerned with comfort, as will a redesigned dashboard and finish.

The new Fiesta was recently crowned What Car? magazine’s Car of the Year for 2009.

Ford Fiesta is May’s top-selling new car

The Ford Fiesta was the top-selling new car during May as registrations fell by almost a quarter during the month.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales fell by 24.8 per cent last month, with only 134,858 registrations made.

However, on a more positive note, the results do not fully see the benefits of the recently introduced government scrappage scheme, which only came into effect on May 18th.

Some 7,040 Ford Fiesta models were sold during May, which was just slightly more than the 6,693 Ford Focus vehicles exchanged.

This means that the Fiesta is still the best-selling vehicle during the year to date, with 48,182 sold between January and May.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "While consumer confidence is improving, the UK motor industry is still facing a difficult economic climate.

"We have seen an encouraging start to the scrappage incentive scheme with 35,000 orders being placed since it was announced, although it will take time to feed into registration figures."

Among the standard features fitted to Ford Fiesta models are driver and front passenger airbags, electric power-assisted steering and a rear spoiler.

Stock shortages touted as reason for varying auction costs of Ford Fiesta

The mileage completed by a car and its age seems to have little bearing on its appeal to motorists looking for a new vehicle at auction, it has been suggested.

Honest John has analysed some of the latest vehicles changing hands at auction, with some bids around a variety of Ford Fiesta cars drawing a specific mention.

Three Ford Fiesta 1.2 Style Climate three-door cars were recently put up for sale at auction, all of which were exchanged for virtually the same price.

However, there were some key differences in the ages of the vehicles in question and the number of miles on their clocks.

Two of the vehicles had an 07 registration plate, yet the one that had completed 30,000 miles sold for £5,300, while the other that had only done 11,000 miles was bought for just £200 more.

Meanwhile, the same vehicle on an 08 plate that had been driven for 14,000 miles may have been expected to fetch more, but only sold for £5,400.

Stock shortages of certain models of particular ages are touted as potential reasons for these findings.

Alternatively, motorists interested in purchasing a new Ford Fiesta may be interested to know that the vehicle was declared the 2009 Car of the Year by What Car? magazine.

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic has handling to match eco-friendliness

Alongside providing motorists with among the best results in terms of environmental impact, the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic also offers strong performance on the road.

That is the opinion of David Finlay in a review of the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic five-door for Carkeys.

Motorists can benefit from the generation of a small 98g/km from the vehicle, despite the fact that it is equipped with a 1.6-litre engine, due to some aerodynamic enhancements and low-rolling resistance tyres.

However, according to Mr Finlay, the handling is "exceptional by supermini standards", which is aided by a lower ride height that provides the car with more lateral grip on the road.

Other benefits of the vehicle are the 76.3 miles per gallon of fuel that can be achieved by the engine, while a top speed of 111 miles per hour can be reached.

Mr Finlay concluded that the ECOnetic is the most "sensible Fiesta of its type to buy".

According to Ford, the driving characteristics of the vehicle have not been impacted upon by the changes made to make the car more environmentally-friendly.

Ford Fiesta highlights young and old car insurance price differences

The differing cost of insuring a Ford Fiesta as a youngster or an experienced driver has been highlighted in a report by price comparison website moneysupermarket.com.

With many youngsters expected to pay hefty premiums in their early years, a large number of motorists are breaking the law through a process known as ‘fronting’.

Many parents are committing this crime by naming themselves as the main driver on a vehicle, with a child as a second driver, despite knowing that in reality it should be the other way around.

The car insurance cost example uses a Ford Fiesta Flight 1.3 as a guide, with an 18-year-old student expected to pay £2,689.05 to insure the vehicle.

However, this dramatically falls to £145.95 including breakdown cover for a 45-year-old man, who has assembled five years of no claims discount.

Steve Sweeney, head of motor insurance at moneysupermarket.com, said: "Those considering lying to their insurer to save money are playing a very risky game.

"It may save you money, but if caught, your insurance will be invalidated and the younger driver could face court, charged with driving without insurance."

Ways in which a younger driver could gain a cheaper policy are by taking out third party insurance instead of fully comprehensive or by attending advanced driver courses.

Ford Fiesta is the top prize in a raffle

Motorists on the look out for a cheap car could win a Ford Fiesta for as little £10 by taking part in a raffle, it has been stated.

The Cotswold Journal reports that the vehicle, which was crowned as the 2009 Car of the Year by What Car? magazine, is the top prize in a raffle being run by Campden Bowling Club.

Cutts of Campden Ford Dealership is providing the £12,000 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.25, with 2,000 tickets up for grabs at a cost of £10 each.

The aim of the raffle is to provide some much needed funds to the bowling club and the raffle will be drawn on Saturday September 26th for those in with a chance of winning the vehicle.

Among the features of the new Fiesta Zetec are a chrome lower front grille, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, front fog lights with chrome surround and a trip computer.

Meanwhile, the car also has both driver and front passenger airbags, knee airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints and a heated windscreen.

Ford Fiesta walks the right style path

"Style is everything" when it comes to creating a small car that appeals to the masses and Ford has done a good job with its latest Ford Fiesta, according to a review of the vehicle.

The North Wales Daily Post indicates that there are a range of "special" features on the inside of the new Fiesta which may appeal to drivers.

These include a leather rim steering wheel, alongside a dominant dashboard that is kitted out with numerous technology gadgets.

The reviewer highlights that a voice-activated Bluetooth sound system is present, while on its left are the buttons for the CD player and the right hosts the keypad for a phone call.

Those motorists who do not enjoy the chit-chat of radio stations could alternatively plug in their iPod to listen to their favourite tracks or insert a memory stick holding up to 2,000 songs.

Meanwhile, drivers will also be able to benefit from solid levels of steering, as the car is said to handle "beautifully" on windy roads.

The Ford Fiesta can also be bought in a range of colours including Frozen White, Moondust Silver and Panther Black.

Ford Fiesta combines eco with driving pleasure

Ford has done a successful job in combining a car offering a strong driving experience with one that has strong eco credentials with the Ford Fiesta, a reviewer has stated.

Writing for the Liverpool Daily Post, Val Jessop explains that the Ford Fiesta 1.6 Titanium can reach 120 miles per hour, while still having the capability of providing a driver with 48 miles to the gallon of fuel.

Meanwhile, the car can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from still in under ten seconds.

Ms Jessop adds that the 1.6-litre engine "becomes more spirited the harder you drive it" and even gives the impression that there is "plenty in reserve" when it is being driven at high speeds.

Alongsid having a decent on the road performance, motorists can benefit from a spacious interior, with the seats especially mentioned as being "comfortable and airy".

Other decisions made by Ford to enhance its positive impact on the environment are that recycled denim and reclaimed upholstery are used in the creation of its vehicles.