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Ford Classic Review: Ford Fiesta Classic - First Impressions

Ford Fiesta Classic - First Impressions

By Shiva Shankar; 10th April, 2011
Introduction

In a surprising move from Ford, especially for customers eagerly waiting for the launch of the global Fiesta version, Ford has launched an updated Fiesta, dubbed the Fiesta Classic. The Fiesta Classic seems to be an intermittent model, before the global Fiesta enters India.

Ford Classic

With the launch of the Ford Fiesta classic, earlier versions like the Fiesta TDCI are no longer available. At the same time, Ford has also announced discontinuation of the Ford Ikon, so that today the only cars available in the Ford stable are the Ford Figo, Ford Fiesta Classic, and Ford Endeavour. Below is a first introduction to the new Ford Fiesta Classic. 

 

 

Exterior

The body shape and dimensions of the new Fiesta Classic remain the same as the present version, with wheelbase of 2486mm and ground clearance of 168mm. The boosting factor of the Fiesta Classic version is the usage of twin barrel crystal headlamps. Body colour rear view mirrors, door handles and clear lens tail lamps are a few features giving a good impression. The word Classic is inscribed under Fiesta badge, differentiating it from earlier versions. 

Ford Classic

Interior

There are a lot of improvements in the interiors of the Fiesta Classic compared to earlier versions, with the introduction of two tone colour coordinated interiors, new seat fabrics, metal central console, metallic inserts on trims, and 2DIN mp3 Player.

Ford Classic

Other features like Anti-lock braking system with EBD, Dual airbags, entry locking and passive anti theft system, programmable keyless entry and auto re-locking are available in higher  variants.

The Fiesta Classic has ample leg space for front seats and rear seats. Lumbar support is designed well to suit best of comfort. Liquid metal finish is available in interiors of LXI and CLXI variants and in SXI variant mahogany wood finish is available. Apart from this, 4 speakers are fitted in CLXI variant and 6 speakers in SXI variant. Driver seat height adjust and defogger options are available in CLXI and SXI variants. 

Performance

The Ford Fiesta Classic comes in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version is called the Duratech, while the diesel version carries the name Duratorq.

The petrol Duratec engine features a 4 cylinder, 1596cc DOHC engine delivering a power output of 101PS@6500 rpm and torque of 146NM@1600 rpm. The engine uses a Sequential  Electric Fuel injection and has a fuel efficiency that ranges from 13KMPL in City to 15KMPL in Highway.

Ford Classic

The Diesel version features a 4 cylinder, 1399cc engine delivering a power output of 68PS@4000rpm and torque of 160NM@2000rpm. The diesel engine uses advanced common rail injection, and gives a fuel efficiency that ranges from 14 in city to 18KMPL on highways. In both versions, a 5 speed manual gearbox is used.

Colour options in the Ford Fiesta Classic include Diamond white, Sea grey, Moon dust silver, Colorado Red, Panther Black, Morello, and Chill Metallic. The car is offered with a warranty coverage for 2years/100000KM, whichever is earlier.

Both the diesel and petrol Ford Fiesta Classic are offered in a number of trims, LXI, CLXI, and SXI premium.

The Bangalore On road price for the Fiesta Classic are respectively: LXI 6,88,805/-,CLXI 7,48,954/-, and SXI Premium 8,93,868/-. 

The Diesel version range from: LXI 7,97,595/-, CLXI 8,46,883/-, and SXI Premium 10,10,278/-.

 

The Ford Fiesta was always well known for a good and smooth performance. We took the Fiesta Classic petrol for a spin to see whether this has changed.

The New Fiesta Classic Petrol with its power output of 101PS ensures a fast pick up and smooth performance. The turning circle radius of 4.9 meters is a great advantage in city driving conditions making it easy to handle, even for a sedan. The Fiesta Classic’s suspension is great, and the drive is quite smooth. The Ground clearance of 168MM gives a good confidence in overcoming any type of bumps in city conditions.

What impresses much apart from the smooth suspension is the AC effectiveness and fine finished interiors.

All in all, the Fiesta gives a very good and comfortable ride, with easy accelerating, braking and handling.

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Ford
 Model Fiesta Classic
Variant Petrol Diesel
Engine Capacity (L) 1596/4 Cyl 1399/4 Cyl
Power (PS) 101@6000 RPM 68@4000 RPM
Torque (NM) 146@1600 RPM 160@2000 rom
Gears 5/M 5/M
Tyre rating 175/65/R14 175/65/R14
Groud clearence 168 168
Length 4282 4282
Width 1286 1286
Height 1468 1468
Wheel Base 2486 2486
Fuel Tank capacity 46 46
Minimum turning radius in Meters 4.9 4.9
Fuel Efficiency 15 18
Features
Features LXI CLXI SXI
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes
Alloy Wheels No No Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheel No No Yes
2 DIN CD- MP3 Player No Yes Yes
Fog Lamps No No Yes
Rear Defogger No No Yes
Height adjustable driver seat No Yes Yes
Manual AC Yes Yes No
Automatic AC No No Yes
Passive Anti theft system Yes Yes Yes
ABS,Dual airbag No No Yes
Rear center arm rest No Yes Yes
Crystal barrel headlamps Black surround Black surround Chrome surround
Tubeless tyres Yes Yes Yes
Radiator Grill Black Black Metallic finish
Distance to empty display Yes Yes Yes
Petrol version Ex Showroom price Bangalore 565470 616106 761336
Petrol version Onroad price Bangalore 688805 748954 893868
Diesel version Ex Showroom price Bangalore 656640 698186 859198
Diesel version Onroad price Bangalore 797595 846883 1010278
Competition
Specifications
Ford
Fiesta Classic
Hyundai
Verna
Fiat
Linea
Chevrolet
Optra
Volkswagen
Vento
Variant 1.4 Sxi 1.5 SX CRDI VGT Emotion Pack 2.0 LT 1.6 Highline Diesel
Engine Capacity (L) 1399 1493 1248 1991 1598
Power (PS) 68 110 93 121 195
Torque (NM) 160 235 203 314 250
Gears 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alloy Wheels Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leather wrapped steering wheel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 DIN MP3 Player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunglass Holder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fog Lamps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ABS With EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbag 2 No 2 1 2
Average fuel efficiency 18 17 17 17 20
Ex Showroom price Bangalore 8.39 8.04 8.37 8.58 9.23
Conclusion

The Ford Fiesta Classic seems to be an effort from Ford to ensure all stocks of the present version Fiesta are sold out before global version Fiesta is launched. They will surely ensure at least 4 to 6 months gap available for launch of new Fiesta. As far as the Fiesta Classic is concerned, there are clear improvements in interiors and list of features available with competitive pricing in the segment. Thus, for anyone considering the buy a Fiesta, the Fiesta Classic is surely a better deal.