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I own the Ford Fiesta Titanium X 1.0 125PS Ecoboost.
As someone with a chronic spine problem I was looking for a car that would be comfortable and after sitting in several makes and model I was instantly impressed with the Titanium X.
The 1.0 Ecoboost 125 PS engine is very nippy around town and on the open road it soon gets up to the speed limit, at times it is easy to exceed the limit without realising it as the car runs very smoothly and is very quiet.
Equipped with the Sony sound system and Ford Sync which allows you to use voice command to control a compatible mobile phone. I have the iPhone 4S and the "seri" voice command is not fully compatible with Ford Sync. I can make and receive calls, and play my music. However I am unable to have txt or email messages read to me and I am not able to send txt or email messages. In fact with my phone connected to Sync I do not hear the txt message being delivered to my phone, it simply gets delivered silently, which can be a real pain as people think I am ignoring the message.
The handling of the car is very positive but does suffer from severe torque steer even with the traction control on. Turn traction control off and the car is soon wheel spinning at every opportunity. The ride is comfortable and with the very thick steering wheel you feel as though you are in something a bit more sporty. There is little space for passengers legs and with the deep footwell it can be tricky to exit the rear seats.
There is ample boot space, Ford have chosen to not supply a spare wheel for the Fiesta. Instead there is a small compressor which plugs into the cigarette lighter, you the connect a small tin of puncture repair. As you inflate the tyre the sealing fluid is pushed into the tyre and hopefully seals the puncture while inflating the tyre.
My previous car was a Toyota Yaris, which had adjustable rear seats so you could slide them backward to give passengers more leg room. In comparison the Fiesta is far more comfortable to sit in, the driving position in a lot more supportive. It is also much quieter than the Yaris, which because of a cheaply built interior used to rattle at the smallest bump.
The Fiesta is very quiet, except for the slight purr of the exhaust as you accelerate away.
Overall the fiesta is a sporty comfortable car the fuel consumption is slightly less than the Yaris but for a 1.0 ltd engine it has good turn of speed, turn on the air conditioning and it does suffer high fuel consumption. At 70 MPH the gauss was reading 68 MPG turn in the air con and this drops to 48 MPG! The filler for fuel is unique resembling an F1 type filler you just open the fuel cap and slot the nozzle into a one way valve that will only accept the correct fuel filler.
If you are looking for a comfortable car with a quick turn of pace and quiet ride then consider the Fiesta. I cannot vouch for the lesser equipped models but the Titanium X ticks all the boxes for me!
I chose the Zetec version, which had an extras package offerred at the time by Ford. The dealer was very co-operative when it came to haggling, eventually giving me well over the value of my trade-in to seal the deal. By taking a Ford finance package (repaid early) for a small part of the price, a cashback sum was included. I waited until late March to approach the showroom, with a good idea of the deal I wanted.
I have found that the 1.2 engine is a bit underpowered for the hilly area we live in, so I will try a 1.4 next time. The seats are fairly comfortable ( I am 6ft. 1 in.) for up to about 2 hours, which I rarely exceed. The gearbox is very smooth and precise, and the handling is quite enjoyable, with light steering and responsive brakes. The car feels solidly constructed and nothing has dropped off or failed after 16000 miles.
Fuel consumption (pottering on weekdays) is around 35 mpg, and on a long run, 45 mpg or better. Servicing by the local Ford dealership has been free of problems, with no expensive or unexpected charges. They can supply good quality tyres for competitive prices too.
I'd like the back seats to fold down flat, instead of sloping, but the rear seat cushion is fixed, not tilting, making that unachievable.
The only disappointment has been that the driver's door paint, over time, has lightened in shade relative to the rest of the car, making it look resprayed. If you fail to notify such items within 6 weeks of taking delivery, Ford will not consider it under the warranty terms.
Now retired so I have down-sized from a Ford Mondeo to a Ford Focus and now to a Ford Fiesta.
More "roomy" and comfortable than I had expected.
I had, however, to chose the "Titanium" model to get all the specifications that I required (or was used to).
I chose the new "Ecoboost" engine because it had "Stop/Start" technology and a reduced carbon emission engine. This engine (999cc) also meant no Road Tax - under present Government Legislation.
Engine not fully "run-in" yet but I am getting 46 miles per gallon now compared with around 36 mpg with my Focus. I do mainly short urban journeys with one motorway 70 mile journey per week (on average) - so I am happy with my mpg - although it is a lot less than advertised (based on "rolling-road" conditions.
Totally reliable so far but it is only three months old with a recorded 1,650 miles.
Paintwork ("Frozen White") is free of defects; I purchased a touch-in pen at delivery, hand wash the car weekly (using a lambskin mitt and two separate "buckets" with a grit filter in the bottom of each); clean water in one for rincing and Shampoo in the other.
Bought a full size spare wheel as an extra as there was only a puncture seal kit as standard; I did this because a colleague had a "blow-out" shortly after I purchased the car - and a repair outfit would have been useless!
Looks well and is a pleasure to drive and park.
Ford garage network extensive and convenient.
An ideal car for the needs of my wife and I now that we are retired with no family at home.
2005 Ford Fiesta purchased two years ago as cheap car specifically to transport self to and from work. Have 'indulgence vehicle' in garage that I prefer not to use every day in rain etc. Previous good experience with Ford Ka determined choice of manufacturer. Criteria were low mileage, auto gearbox and high spec. model.Dealership vehicle was also high priority re Guarantees etc. This resulted in purchase of 1600cc Ford Fiesta Ghia with 19,000 miles on clock. previous Motability owner. Dealer removed all Motability kit i.e v sensitive brake servo and stering 'knob' attached to steering wheel. Car was and remains immaculate. No visible rust but some 'deterioration' on poor quality badging to boot door. has been utterly reliable. Has 'sailed through' MOT's -servicing costs both acceptable and affordable. Engine very 'gruff' but am pleasantly surprised by its 'energy' and resulting brisk performance. Interior leather and trim etc are wearing well. But interior is noisy when compared to Porsche and wifes Toyota iQ. Apart from servicing no money spent except for upgraded headlight bulbs and a set of winter tyres on a new set of wheels - due to go back onto vehicle around November time. Car is frequently driven 'hard' but whatever driving 'style' is adopted fuel consumption hovers around 30/31 mpg - rarely better than that even on long runs.which is, up til now, the only disappointment.
It is hard to fault the Fiesta, except perhaps on space (but after all it's not a big car!). Performance from the 1 litre Ecoboost engine is everything the average driver would ever need, providing an eye is kept on the rev counter to ensure that an appropriate gear is selected. Fuel economy is not as good as the official figures suggest, but rarely falls below around 44 mpg, and can exceed 50 mpg if the car is driven carefully. Reliability has been 100% over the 47,000 miles I've driven it. Not even a light bulb has blown! There are no trim rattles or creaks and comfort levels are acceptable for a small car, both around town and on very long trips. So far, garage visits and costs have been confined to the 12,500 mile services. The interval is not as long as offered elsewhere, but I actually prefer the regular checks.
The Fiesta is immensely enjoyable to drive, with superb traction and cornering ability. Pottering around town, and even parking, is uneventful, but take it out on the dual carriageway or motorway, floor the throttle at 25 mph in second gear and take the rev counter to 6000+ as you sail unbelievably quickly past 60 mph before changing gear, and you'll wonder why you put up with lesser cars for so long!
I have only had owned this car for a week, so my opinions may change later. I initially went to purchase a 1.6L Fiesta,as I wanted a bit of surplus power, but the salesman persuaded me to test the new 1000cc 3 cylinder engined version. He enthused about it so much that I tried it, and what a revelation. I was inherently biased against the 3 cylinders as I am of the old school who at one time did all my own maintenance in the 1970s - 80s, so three cylinders were an anathema, and 1000cc was considered puny, but this new Ford engine will be a world beater, it develops 100 HP, and is so torque-y it is unbelievable, the acceleration is so impressive, even uphill in 5th that it easily surpasses the performance of my last car, a 1400 cc Peugeot 207 with a VTI engine and 95 HP, which was certainly powerful enough for me.
The model I own is the Titanium Econetic, and has just about everything I could want, including cruise control, digital radio, built in hands free phone and audio controls etc. and in the brief time I have owned it, bearing in mind I don't really know it yet, I have achieved 49 mph knocking about. The handling is superb, And is great fun to drive, especially on fast winding roads. All in all a great motor.
A little underpowered for my liking, and needed considerable running in when new, but actually punches above its weight in terms of performance and is a comfortable drive. However, I have real reservations about its structural and fabricatory quality. Despite a distinct lack of wear and tear for its age, small interior parts are showing a lack of resilience (knobs, handles, etc), which makes me worry about the likely longevity of its more fundamental components - i.e. what is going on under the bonnet. I get it serviced regularly and thoroughly, but doubt it will soldier on for anywhere near as long as my previous car (a Rover).
It also suffers from a distinct image problem! While this doesn't bother me per se, it has implications for the driving experience - never before have so many other motorists pulled out in front of me, carved me up, tailgated me, etc. There seems to be an assumption that drivers of silver Ford Fiestas will be doddery old idiots that it is best to get in front of - with somewhat dangerous implications.
I didn't actively choose this car - it was taken over from a family member - and have not been displeased with it all considered, but given a free choice I would not buy another.
All round great little car for what it is. Performance surprisingly peppy for 95 bhp diesel engine. Running costs low at £20 a year for road tax and very economical to run, although struggling to achieve the manufacturers claimed average consumption of 67 mpg, currently achieving just over 51 mpg under normal driving conditions according the fuel computer. Though this is gradually increasing and will probably increase further as the engine "runs in".
Very comfortable and supportive seats, though ride feels quite firm on the sports suspension and 16" Alloy wheels of this particular model.
Cabin is light and airy, some interior plastics feel a bit cheap and overall build quality not quite up to the standard of say, VW/Audi group cars but still a big improvement on Fords of 10 to 20 years ago.
Decent Radio/CD/USB system and general good level of standard kit on this model including aircon, excellent quick-clear windscreen, rear parking sensors & electric folding mirrors.
All in all well worth a punt if you're after a small & economical runabout.
A real little driver's car. Goes exactly where it's pointed with safe, secure handling. Good brakes, willing little engine and smooth gearchange. Driving position very comfortable with loads of adjustment. Economical to tax, good fuel economy and low insurance. What's not to like?
I do think the styling's a little over sculpted for my tastes - I preferred the previous model's more neat and understated looks, inside and out.
As regards the range, unlike other manufacturers it was possible to get a car just as I wanted it without having to buy a lot of totally un-necessary gadgets and accessories I didn't want. (ie air conditioning, alloy wheels, self activating wipers and lights, blacked out rear windows, that sort of nonsense)
What I have instead is a well engineered honest little car, rather than something like a Christmas tree dripping with 'goodies'. I could even have a spare wheel, a great luxury in today's crazy car market!
Will I ever be able to get such a car in the future? I very much doubt it.
One of the best small Ford Hatchback Car I've owned. Secondhand 2010 Model, One Previous Owner. Low Mileage.
I'm retired and do around 6000 miles per annum. reasonable fuel efficient. This is the Fiesta Titanium Model and has a Sony Radio/CD factory fitted. Good tone and like the way it lights up when switched on night driving. Has Climate control and quick clear windscreen feature, Bluetooth, and hands free phone feature voice recognition. Excellent Headlights, and Front Fog Lights as a bonus.
Comfortable seats for adjust position. Holds the road well and is responsive when a need to overtake. Clear all round vision with electric mirrors, and reverse warning feature. Alloy wheels. Spare is a normal size wheel. Latest models do not have this as standard. I also prefer the inside layout, and the old Style radiator grill.
To conclude this review, I would recommend this Fiesta model and feel it has been good value, having some nice features for a small hatchback.
I purchased my car in August 2000 for £6000, it was two years old and had travelled 11,000 miles.
It has a heated windscreen and rear window, air conditioning, hardly any rust and was treated to alloy wheels last year. It still has its original radio and tape deck, which work as well as ever.
It now has 162,000 miles on the clock (well 62000 now it is second time around) and has cost a fair old amount of money over the years but this all fades to nothing when I think of the adventures it has been on, the places it has seen and the pleasure it has given me.
It is now rather sick and I am told it could be piston rings so I am at that stage when I have to make a terrible decision whether to spend more money on it or send it to the great breakers yard in the sky. Which ever way it goes I will always remember this car as the best I have ever had over my fifty year of driving and I will cry if it has to go, because I LOVE MY CAR.
Nice, responsive, well handling little car, with good spec - (grey leather trim, auto headlights/wipers, power windows/folding mirrors, electric heated windscreen and mirrors, A/C, Front fog/driving lights, Sony DAB stereo). Brought it from Ford franchise dealership with free M.O.T's for life, two year fixed price servicing and two year warranty. The car was bought with 40,000miles done (now has 50,000) and full service history with the same dealership. The car inconveniently suffered a split coolant hose shortly after purchase date (though, this can happen to any vehicle and was just unfortunate); It has recently experienced a minor intermittant misfire under acceleration (tends to occur with cooler/moist conditions) but this should improve with a relitively inexpensive replacement coil pack. Overall, a good looking car, great spec, nice to drive or be driven in and very reasonable running costs.
It's a nice little car, with a smooth engine and smooth (automatic) transmission. It combines good handling with a comfortable ride. In Titanium X specification it is very well equipped. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and all the more important controls are clearly visible and within easy reach. It achieves around 40 mpg in town and some 45 mpg on a longer run. I haven't had the car long enough to comment on its reliability or servicing costs, but to date there have not been any issues.
Downsides are that there is too much road noise at all speeds, particularly over certain road surfaces (possibly a result of having lower profile tyres than lower specification models), the computer/stereo controls are too fiddly and not very user friendly, and there is too much reflection from the windscreen when driving towards the sun which can sometimes make it difficult to see ahead clearly.
I only work 5 miles from home. When my old, worn out, '98 Ford Escort finally bit the dust I didn't need a similarly large engine (1.8) that had served me well during my last job 43 miles away in any replacement I might choose.
I needed economy.
I needed reliability.
I needed affordability.
I needed availability.
I found all that in my little 3-door fiesta.
With its 1.25 engine it was slightly better than the previous 1.1 fiesta I had as my very first car. It was also the same 3-door compact style I'd been used to so I knew what expect and I got it.
It's a great little runaround. I get more than 365 miles for a full tank of petrol, and when the price was at around 1.28 it only costs about £60 to fill her up.
It meets my needs perfectly and I can't ask for anything more.
I've not had any mechanical problems in the two years I've owned her so I've no complaints at all.
After 16 years, 4 owners and a bit of TLC, this little car is still going strong. Low to insure and run, a great first car - very well put together and generally reliable.
The main issue nowadays is meeting the MOT emissions standards. The tests for my car over the last couple of years have struggled to meet modern standards, based upon more modern, 'greener' cars. However, I have never spent more than £100 on fix ups/improvements/upgraded replacements per year.
Still has plenty of life in it even after all this time.
The only negatives about performance I can report would be that the non-power steering is very heavy and can be hard to manoeuvre. Acceleration is not fantastic, and as such I tend to avoid using motorways, as it is more suited to be a runner for smaller roads where overtaking isn't as much of an option!
But overall, fairly impressed for what it is.
We have owned the Fiesta two years. Bought specifically to be cheap to buy, insure, tax, and economical in all ways. With reasonable comfort, ABS brakes, electric windows and air conditioning. The drivers seat adjusts enough. We have been pleasantly surprised how we are not tired/uncomfortable even on long jouneys in it, and the fuel consumption is about 55 - 60 mpg. And so far totally reliable.
It is small (easy to park on street)but the rear seats do not fold down very flat for fitting in sizeable items. And it's not particularly fast, well it can be driven fast but the fuel consumption drops a lot, and speed was not a requirement in our choice of car. Though I still managed to get a speeding ticket. Ford could have done a better design job on the controls and dashboard, but they do the job. The lights switch is almost agricultural.
Overall we are happy with it.
The Fiesta I have is a little on the small side now that I have two grandchildren. The baby seat when in reverse position does not sit well on the rear seat. It is also a squash to get most buggies in the boot especially with shopping. It is also impossible to accommodate a wheel chair without folding one of the rear seats. However when there is just me and shopping there is ample room. On short journeys I have mostly felt comfortable but on long journeys I always seem to get aching legs. It performs very well even when fully loaded and the fuel consumption seems to be in the 40s whenever I've checked it although I believe it should be higher. It hasn't actually broken down but there was a fault on the steering which had to be fixed at about 18 months old. I do seem to have more trouble parking this straight in a bay than any of the much larger cars I have had.
I have been very pleased with this vehicle, the 4th Fiesta I have owned. It is very practical for my regular work commute and shopping, etc. I can even get a wheelchair comfortably into the back, having removed the parcel shelf - and without putting the rear seats down.
The running costs are reasonable, even when fuel has been at its highest price.
There was a problem with starting when the weather was very cold over the past 2 winters, but when mentioned to the dealership at service - following an AA call-out when the plugs were changed - it transpired that a fault had been identified by the manufacturer, which was intermittent and not common to all models, and this was dealt with free of charge.
I am more inclined to buy from my local Ford dealership, as they are very fair and do not charge over the odds for servicing.
It provides a comfortable and surprising low noise drive for a diesel. The drive has a feel of an expensive car.
But I bought it for the economy features. I've had 87 mpg on a 200 mile mostly motorway journey. Generally when taking shorter journeys around 65+ around town and to the station.
In 3.5 years its been totally reliable but that's to be expected from a modern car that gets its annual 12000 mile service. This is a car I expect to keep going for another 7 years before replacement.
The sound system is the near perfect with the ability to play from mp3 from disk, usb stick, iPod or from another mp3 device.
I surprise and amaze my relatives with its capacity to take 3m long items of wood from the DYI center.
It's got everything but the status symbol.
Hindsight shows I got the wrong car. I need an automatic for mobility reasons but the high emissions and the petrol consumption are very high. I (We) are retired so do not do many longer journeys now so our usage does not encourage fuel economy. Being pensioners cannot really afford to change car as would get poor part exchange deal. Should have investigated market more thoroughly before purchase, but having always used Ford cars, at the time thought I had a good purchase. Liked the car, liked the automatic gears, liked the comfort. At time of purchase did longer journeys to visit grandchildren etc. Now circumstances have changed and realise should have got smaller automatic with LOWER EMMISION engine. My own fault I suppose but perhaps could have received better advice from Ford seller!