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Fiesta 1.4 Duratorq Diesel - A solid handling machine

By Reetabrata Bhattacharya on 05 September 2013

Car's Age: 5-10 years

Summary

Overall Rating 4
Exterior 4
Interior 3
Ride Quality 3
Maintenance 1500/ month
Mileage (city) 17 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 20 KMPL

Detailed Ford Fiesta Review

What's Good?

Chassis is superb, handling characteristics are top notch. This car simply loves the curves and stays pliant on them at any speeds. Headlight has good throw, Steering feel is excellent as the driver gets 100% feedback, also the steering is adjustable for height. AC.is efficient and cools the cabin in no time. Brakes are of good quality, bite from the brakes is apt for any emergency situation. Quality of leather on the seats is good. Electrical system works flawlessly, never had any issue in these 6 years. Fuel gauge and Distance to empty is almost accurate, so is the speedometer reading. Road holding of the car is the best in its class, it sticks to the road like glue.

What can improve?

Rear seat has no adjustable headrests, stock integrated headrests are useless. There is no provision to attach adjustable headrests either. Quality of interior fiber/plastic parts not up to the mark. Wipers are not of good quality. Ford Service can definitely improve, worst service centers I have ever come across along with lousy staff.

Exteriors (4/5)

4

Interiors (3/5)

3

Ride Quality (3/5)

3

Overall Comments

Paint quality is good, regular washing and occasional polishing has seen the paint remaining intact. Looks-wise I personally love the car, though its an individual perspective. Fit and finish of the body panels is good too.

It can be rated at best average. Quality of interior fiber/plastic parts not up to the mark, excessive rattling from plastic panels and other plastic parts. Ford has a long way to in terms of interiors quality.

Handling is excellent, so is the car's road grip. Wet roads too don't pose any real threat to its grip levels. But suspension is hard, perfectly tuned for roads in Bombay. Suspension capable of soaking up all road undulations provided you maintain speeds above 40 kmph.

Please buy this car if and only if you have the patience/tolerance towards lousy Ford Service Centers.

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