Over the past two years, we have witnessed a remarkable renewal in several vehicles or polyvalent segment B. The first to present the cards on the table was Peugeot in the spring of 2006 with his 207, the replacement for the successful 206; shortly after, it was the turn of Opel, which put all the meat on the grill with the new generation Corsa; and in 2008, they have been Seat and Ford those who have been forced to present two rivals model category for French and German.Peugeot 207, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio ... and this year the new Seat Ibiza and Ford Fiesta, renewal in the utility segment has been total. They all promise a contested struggle. Who will win this battle? The time and the market will dictate sentence.
The new generation Seat Ibiza He began to be sold in the Spanish market in May this year. The reviews have been very good, with the quality leap the most common opinion. Ford I could not be less and in late September will begin selling the seventh generation Fiesta. This model we have had the honor to get on one of its variants: 1.6 TDCi Diesel 90 hp.
The particular version we could drive motor 90 hp 1.6 TDCi has been the bodywork Titanium five-door finish. Before you get behind the wheel, and we were surprised aesthetically pleasing design, with typical design features of language Kinetic Design Very present in each of the body parts. These provocative touches the outside are repeated in the interior. It calls attention the setting the center console, with a peculiar way 'V' which, according to those responsible for Ford, keeps similarities with the covers of some of the mobile phones current. If we look at the rest of the dashboard and other components that form the passenger compartment, it gives us the feeling that we are on board a futuristic car; In fact, it seems that we were sitting on a concept car. The setting material is a step forward from the previous party, thanks mainly to the use of a new plastic mulch. Our initial assessment of the interior is conclusive: improving the above.
Across the Fiesta range, ESP stability control is standard although it is offered as one of the optional items at a price of 450 euros.
But let's get to the really interesting: what is the behavior New Fiesta? Before turning on the engine version, the 1.6 liters TDCi 90 hp, regulate mirrors and we realize that the position of the power windows It is slightly behind the usual place, a minor inconvenience that barely pay attention. Now, it's time to start the engine, and surprise !, not find the key slot. The level of finish of this Fiesta, Titanium>It includes keyless start system, own a car top segment feature, like another of the peculiarities of this level of equipment, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front seats provide a proper grip; the available space in the rear seats has improved, but only slightly.
We step on the clutch and pressed the Power button. We set off and we accumulate our first kilometers. The address gives us a good feeling, is direct and precise as the previous generation, but in this case, Ford incorporates for the first time for one of its European vehicles the new electric steering EPAS (Electric Power Assist Steering) which replaces the hydraulic classic. This type of steering is light and practically a zero resistance when we are making a parking maneuver, and becomes firmer when filmed at medium to high speeds.
Most of our route runs through twisty roads, a great test to test the poise and behavior Fiesta. Uneven ground barely noticeable, offering a great balance between comfort and stability. The suspension system of this new generation Fiesta is maintained, but with various modifications. It uses therefore the MacPherson strut in the front and the rear torsion (although it has a diameter about 28 percent higher). In the case of stabilizer bar the front axle, this has increased to 22 mm, when Fiesta VI was 19 mm. For their part, settings and spring rates, bearings and dampers have also been revised. Regarding the brakes, the same as in the previous party, that is used, a 258x23 mm ventilated discs in the front wheels and a drum on the rear.
After continue to accumulate kilometers, we realize the paragraph appreciable improvement in aerodynamic noise and sound insulation of the passenger compartment, which has been achieved through the use of a new gaskets for doors, an encapsulated glass, improved body to better absorb any sound, a secondary screen to reduce perceived loudness inside and a denser insulating material placed under the hood.
The two diesel engines of the new Ford Fiesta, 1.4 TDCi Duratorq 68 hp and 1.6 TDCi Duratorq stand out for their low emissions 110 g / km of C02 in both cases, which makes them exempt from tax. In 2009, the Diesel mechanical range is completed with the arrival of 1.6 Duratorq Econetic 90 CV, whose emissions are reduced to 99 g / km C02 and an average fuel consumption of 3.7 l / 100 km.
As for the motor, tested version mounts the known propeller TDCi Duratorq 1.6 liter of 90 hp coupled to a manual gearbox five-speed. This engine with the 1.4 TDCi has received a number of technical adjustments that improve efficiency in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Specifically, there have been changes in the compression ratio, software and injection system. Thus, the 1.6 TDCi engine, according to official data, three tenths improvement in the average fuel consumption (4.2 l / 100 km compared to 4.5 l / 100 km of the previous 1.6 TDCi) and reduces emissions up the 110 g / km of CO2 (In the above 1.6 TDCi these CO2 emissions were at 119 g / km). These improvements figures also contributed lower vehicle weight, about 40 kg. in most versions of the new Ford Fiesta.
In our contact, the onboard computer showed us an average expenditure of between 6.0 and 6.2 liters. These data must be taken with some caution, since most of the route passed by twisty roads and certain slope so the handling of the shifter was constant. This figure would have been lower if we had done more kilometers freeways or expressways. Delivering the strength of this engine began to notice from low engine speeds, from 1800 rpm. From this figure to 3,000 rpm, this engine Diesel still showed its liveliness.
|Party Ambiente 1.2 60 CV:||12,050 euros|
|1.4 TDCi Ambiente party 68 CV:||13,160 euros|
|1.2 Trend 82 hp party:||12,660 euros|
|68 1.4 TDCi Trend Party CV:||13,420 euros|
|1.4 Trend 96 hp party:||13,215 euros|
|Party Trend 1.6 TDCi 90 hp:||14,160 euros|
|1.4 Titanium 96 hp party:||14,815 euros|
|120 hp 1.6 Titanium party:||15,350 euros|
|Party Titanium 1.6 TDCi 90PS:||15,760 euros|
|Fiesta Sport 1.6 120 hp:||15,350 euros|
|Fiesta Sport 1.6 TDCi 90PS:||15,760 euros|
|5 door body|
|Party Ambiente 1.2 60 CV:||12,550 euros|
|1.4 TDCi Ambiente party 68 CV:||13,660 euros|
|1.2 Trend 82 hp party:||13,160 euros|
|68 1.4 TDCi Trend Party CV:||13,920 euros|
|1.4 Trend 96 hp party:||13,715 euros|
|Party Trend 1.6 TDCi 90 hp:||14,660 euros|
|1.4 Titanium 96 hp party:||15,315 euros|
|120 hp 1.6 Titanium party:||15,850 euros|
|Party Titanium 1.6 TDCi 90PS:||16,260 euros|