Ford Fiesta Economy 2010
There are many reasons to like Australia’s latest green car. But here’s the clincher: it’s a great drive. Ford Fiesta EEetic attacks Australia with all sorts of fuel economy and emissions requirements, as the blue oval brand touts it as a Prius batter. And with the advantage of price $ 15,000 compared to Toyota hybrid.
I looked and listened, but tried to avoid getting caught up in hype even though the jury chose Economics as Carsguide’s Green Car for 2009. Me? I walked the safe road and voted for the Prius, because I didn’t drive the economic Fiesta. Now I have and it became my first vehicle of choice for green driving.
The small Ford has an extremely economical engine turbine, easily returning to the economy of 4.8L / 100km during my test drive, with the promise of excellent emissions at the same time, as well as carrying The reasonable comfort, excellent body and dynamic driving style made the ‘regular’ Fiesta my small car in 2009.
The economics are a bit tweaked, because you need to shift early and often in a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it’s a surprisingly quick little car that can also swallow corners without causing any Any discomfort or disappointment.
Unfortunately, Ford delivered the test car with huge advertising slogans on the side – it’s awkward to see on the wheel – because there was so much to like.
and access to the green engine. Next for Australia is the new Focus.
Its heart is a 1.6-liter conventional diesel engine turbines tuned for maximum efficiency. It doesn’t have a stop-start system to destroy the engine under light, and it’s not as advanced as the ‘beltless’ Prius petrol engine when scissor parasitizing, but it has low-resistance tires, gearboxes and Unique gear, lower vehicle height and scissor wheel cover and turn indicator to indicate when to select the next gear. Ford even said that they dropped spare tires to reduce weight, although it obviously saved money.
The engine produces only 66 kiloWatts, but in return with torque of 200 meters Newton, an increase of nearly 25% compared to conventional 1.6-liter gasoline engine. Its official efficiency requirements are 3.7L / 100km of economy and 98g / km of CO2, joining Prius as the only cars sold in Australia for under 100.
In addition to the green stuff, the latest Fiesta comes with five-star ANCAP safety including seven airbags – one for the driver’s knee – and the usual powerful sound system, aircon, power steering and section. rest.
Economists came to Australia at a time when the BMW Group was making a fuss about its miserable BMW 118d and Mini D fuels, but Ford had a big price advantage. The cheapest mini is $ 36,100 and you need at least $ 44,370 to shop for $ 118. And those prices don’t include on-road costs, of which Fiesta is a full sale deal, worth $ 24,990.
Ford had been hoping for great things and the initial reaction was positive, with at least 300 deliveries since the start of sales in early December. “Dealers sold out their original stock. me, that’s a good sign, “said Sinead McAlary, a spokesman for Ford Australia.
DRIVING – Paul Gover
Fiesta Fiesta is expensive for a car its size, but it is very good value. You can buy some diesel engines at a cheaper price but they will not match the Fiesta as a drive or for green, and the higher Euro hybrids and meadows are much more expensive.
My only complaint was the manual gearbox package, because the vast majority of Australians buy cars and lack power windows at the back door. That’s it. It would be nice to stop by to cut the engine at the lights, but Ford said it wasn’t available at Fiesta at the first time and will appear first on Focus.
The economically tight and responsive vehicle with driver-friendly cabin also works well for storage, visibility, comfort and light. Front seats may be better in shape, but they’re good enough for the job.
As a drive, Adjusting Economics requires you to change as low as 2500 revolutions – with a green arrow in the tachometer as a reminder – but then pull vigorously. It was a surprisingly small car that quickly exceeded its weight.
It’s the same in the corners, where Michelin ‘energy’ tires will steal when they scissor. But the car is light, well balanced, responds well to steering and carries surprising speed through twists.
I also like the punch to pass, and the ability to occupy most corners of a device is higher than usual. Traction from the turbine means you can easily kick around a third gear fork and just accelerate away.
The engine is also surprisingly quiet – “Thinking that I used to wear earplugs to adjust the diesel engine,” Jonathon said.