2014 – 2015 Ford Fiesta DETAILED Review

2014 Ford Fiesta this has been refreshed for this model year and it’s Ford’s subcompact entry in the United States this does business with the likes of the Honda Fit the Mazda 2 the Chevy Sonic as well as the Kia Rio the big news for 2014 is right up front because Ford has decided to graft on
their new corporate Aston Martin looking

grille to the front of the Ford Fiesta I
was a little bit concerned how this would look on the Fiesta because the car wasn’t originally designed for this grille like the Ford Fusion was but I think it brings the Fiesta up from an average compact car to a really good-looking compact car especially on the front in addition to that grille we have some additional styling changes up front gone are the LED daytime running lamps at the old Fiesta got and there were vertical strips right around here instead we get these fog lamps going on and we get an all-new headlamp module
the side profile hasn’t changed much for

2014 which means that in America we
still get this regular old hatchback which is familiar to our European cousins but we also get a unique for North America and China sedan version of the Fiesta most important thing about that sedan version is that it has a trunk obviously because it’s a sedan but it’s also a little more than a foot longer than the hatchback in order to accommodate that trunk not a whole lot changes here in terms of the rear door access for that sedan but it is just a little bit bigger than this hatchback 2014 brings new more attractive tail lamp modules to the Fiesta we also have an optional backup camera as well as backup parking sensors which are standard on the titanium model that we’re testing right here they’re
not available on the base Fiesta but

pricing differences between the base and
the titanium model aren’t really great let’s talk about pricing now pricing for the 2014 fiesta starts at $14,000 and that is for a base model sedan getting a hatchback in any trim will add $600 to your tab the more popular SE trim starts at $16,000 again for that sedan version and the titanium sedan starts at 18 thousand eight hundred dollars even the most expensive fully loaded titanium hatchback tops out at 20 1780 dollars how does that compare to the competition while the Honda Fit starts at 17,000 160 the Mazda 2 is in that fifteen to sixteen thousand dollar range the subsonic about 14 to 20 and the kia is about 14 to 18 thousand dollars being the cheapest in this particular segment for most Fiesta shoppers not a whole Lots changed under the hood for 2014 we

have the same 1.6 liter for still
under engine under the hood of all fiesta models by default it’s 120 horsepower 122 pound-feet of torque it’s made it to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic it’s very similar to what Volkswagen calls their DSG transmission new for 2014 is a 1 liter 3-cylinder engine 2 $995 option available only on the SE trim of the Ford Fiesta it produces 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque thanks to a new direct injection system with a turbocharger that’s available only with the 5-speed manual transmission but it does bump the fuel economy numbers up from 29 39 in the 1.6 liter 4-cylinder up to 32 45 making this one of the most efficient non hybrid vehicles available in America front seat comfort is fairly good for this class but do keep in mind that this is a subcompact car and the
seats aren’t as adjustable as they would

be in a compact car like a Ford Focus we
do have a manual height adjustable seat right here forward and backward control lever right there under the seat and we do have a manual adjustable lumbar support in this particular Fiesta titanium we have a tilt telescoping steering column with a decent range of motion but if you’re after a more comfortable seat then you’re gonna have to step up at least one model to something like a Ford Focus when it comes to rear seat comfort the Fiesta does fairly well but again it is important to keep in mind that the Fiesta is a fairly small car this front seats adjusted for me at 6 feet tall as you can see my knees are touching the backs of that front seat I’ll kick off my shoes so I can try and get over to the other side and this front seats adjusted for a six foot five passenger

we had in the vehicle as you can see my

knees are really digging into that seat back on the bright side I do have a decent amount of headroom back here in this hatchback model if I move over to the middle seat yet again there is a decent of compromise due to the size of the Fiesta these seats aren’t very wide back here because the fiestas not very wide so fitting three adults in the back would be a little bit tricky especially since this rear middle headrest is hitting me right about here in my back Ford could have cut a few corners and given us a 100% folding seat back but they didn’t instead we have a pretty standard 60/40 folding seat back which folds almost flat with the upper level of that rear cargo area part of the reason for the Fiesta sedan being larger than the hatchback version is because its trunk is fairly large and Americans like large trucks that’s really obvious because even when you take a look at something like a Nissan Versa which is

of car in America it has a pretty
good-sized trunk back here in the hatchback we have this removable tonneau cover flips up with the hatchback and it reveals a decently sized hatchback area this is the largest size roller bag you can carry on a domestic flight it fit a decent number of them in the trunk but there’s a little bit more space available under this little cargo hatch right here which you can readjust inside there you can also take it out and you have access to just a little bit more room in the trunk under that is where you’ll find your spare tire in your JAC arrangement overall the hatchback score is 5 out of 10 points and the sedan score is 7 out of 10 points in our exclusive truck comfort index one nice
touch is that we have a handle right

here to help you close the hatchback lid
something that an awful lot of economy cars cut in the name of cost savings for a subcompact car Ford’s Fiesta is known for high level of equipment right here we have these 4-way adjustable headrests we have height adjustable seat belts over there and in our titanium model we do have leather heated seats over here on the doors we have a mixture of hard and soft touch plastics as you’d expect from a car in this price class hard touch plastics right here right here and then soft plastic armrest right there one thing to note is if you’re a taller driver or a taller passenger more likely than not your elbow is going to end up right over here which means these arm rests are in kind of an odd place on the door that’s just because the Fiesta is not a very big vehicle moving over to the dashboard we have our round air vents and some stylized air vents over here this area right here is a trim strip that lights up at night with a color changing LED strip you can press this little button down here on the dashboard and change the color of the Interior accent lighting in the Fiesta fairly decently sized love box right there can hold easily hold the tablet computer up here on the dashboard we have soft touch plastics up here hard touch plastics down there the major
change inside for 2014 is right here in

the middle of the dashboard because Ford
has now given the Fiesta my Ford touch this is a 6.5 inch version of the 8 inch system that you find in all the other Ford products control buttons for that are right down here moving lower the dashboard our titanium model has a single zone automatic climate control we have heated seats over here and this button changes the light of the accent lighting in the Fiesta we’re in a 5-speed manual version of the Fiesta but if you do get that six-speed automatic the other changes for 2014 are we now have a sport mode as well as a manual shift in that model moving further down the center console we have 12 volt power outlet fairly large and well sized cupholders those do change color with the vehicle ambient lighting color choice button right there as well moving back to the center armrest this is where you’ll find the USB and auxiliary inputs for that MyFord Touch system two USB ports right there as well as an auxilary stereo mini input and that’s where you’ll find the SD card slot for the myford touch navigation software which is a 795 dollar option port has retained the stylized 3 gauge instrument cluster

a little bit more attractive than what

you’ll find in the Chevy Sonic back here we’ll find a slightly different steering wheel this now has buttons for my Ford touch voice command button track forward backwards those phone controls volume up and down and then on this side we get our cruise control buttons it means that this little stock right here which used to control the sync only system in last year’s Ford Fiesta now is simply the trip computer as well as the turn signals before we go out on the road let’s talk rubber RF ESO titanium has the standard 16 inch alloy wheels wrapped in 19550 our 16 rubber that’s fairly wide for car that weighs only about 2,500 pounds making this one of the lighter cars available for sale in America what’s that on the road in the Fiesta you’ll notice a few things and the first thing isn’t exactly driving-related it’s ergonomic it’s the distance of this my four touch screen from the driver I’m 6 feet tall I tend to like sitting fairly upright in my seat but fairly far back in the seat track because of the length of my legs and that means that I can’t touch the
screen without leaning forward in the

seat that is just a little bit
uncomfortable the second thing you’ll notice about the Fiesta on the road is the ride the ride is fairly firm for a subcompact car and that’s thanks to the fiestas roots the last thing that you’ll notice immediately about the Fiesta on the road is the cabin noise this isn’t as quiet as the modern focus and the more modern Ford Fusion it’s about 73 decibels to 74 decibels at 50 miles an hour on the same road that we test most vehicles it’s about the same as the new Corolla which is also fairly loud in its segment that was just a little bit surprising again because of how quiet the focus the fusion and the tourists are we ran from zero to 60 in just over 9 seconds in this forest cylinder model of the Fiesta with the 5-speed manual transmission it is a little bit faster if you choose the 6-speed automatic that’s because that six-speed automatic is a dual clutch transmission it costs about eleven hundred dollars but it’s completely in the Fiesta because the gear ratios in the five-speed manual transmission are all at the very low end of the range that means when you’re driving on the
freeway at 70 miles an hour in fifth

gear the engine spinning over 3100 rpm
it is fairly noisy on the highway as a result if you offer the 6-speed automatic it really drops that engine rpm down to a much more usable level and a much better level for sound deadening in the car on the highway the Fiesta is one of the peppier entries in this segment definitely faster than the Mazda 200 horsepower engine and four-speed automatic combo as well as the new Toyota Auris when it comes to handling numbers the Fiesta does very well it’s not quite as crisp or as accurate as the Honda Fit which has a very good driving dynamic out on these winding mountain roads but it is markley better than the Chevy Sonic or the Toyota Auris or some of the other entries in this segment the Kia Rio is fairly bad out on the road in its current generation it’s fairly cheap though so do keep that in mind it is a decent amount cheaper than this Ford Fiesta so you do get what you pay for however the three cylinder EcoBoost engine is quite an interesting option not just because it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of anybody charging x-star to go from a four cylinder to a
three cylinder engine but because it’s a

modern direct injection turbo charge 3
cylinder engine and it gets 45 miles per gallon on the highway with the 5-speed manual transmission that’s the only problem part of that equation for me is that that 1 liter turbo engine is only available with a five-speed manual transmission you can’t get it with the 6-speed automatic and if you could I suspect the fuel economy would be a little bit better just like the fuel economy is better with the 6-speed automatic speaking of fuel economy we’ve been averaging 31 point 5 miles per gallon in this five-speed manual equipped Fiesta and we have been driving it as hard as we can the interesting thing is that no matter how we’ve been driving this Fiesta we still have been averaging around 31 32 miles per gallon so treating it fairly gently on the highway we’ve been getting maybe 33 miles per gallon average and absolutely flogging it on these winding mountain roads we haven’t been able to get any lower than about 31 miles per gallon curb weights only about 2,500 pounds so it is an awful lot of fun to fling around on these winding mountain roads it’s an awful lot more fun than you would suspect and it really gives you an insight into what the Ford Fiesta ST is going to be like when we get our hands on it in a few if the Fiesta is going to be your daily driver then I suggest that you either spend $1,000 on the automatic
transmission for this four-cylinder

engine or you spend $1,000 upgrading to

the 1 liter turbo engine which of course retains this 5-speed manual transmission the reason for that is that this four-speed engine doesn’t have a whole lot of low-end torque so the gearing on the 5-speed manual has to be fairly low so again we don’t have that very high top gear which means it’s fairly noisy out on the highway but also means that you find yourself shifting an awful lot on mountain roads and that really gets to be a drag somewhere where the automatic transmission helps you however the three cylinder engine not only gives you more torque than this four-cylinder engine it also delivers that torque at a lower rpm making an awful lot more drivable with the same manual transmission the steering in this car is numb but very accurate but it’s the chassis that really shines on these winding mountain roads it really just encourages you to drive the car hard something that the Fiesta really does incredibly well especially when you compare it to the majority of the subcompact competition again the Mazda 2 is just a slight bit better the steering is just a little bit more accurate and it just feels a little bit more fun out on the road but overall I would take this over that Mazda 2 again the Honda Fit is also just a little bit more precise out on the road and the chassis is just a little bit better suited but overall the fit is an awful lot older and an awful lot less exciting than this new Fiesta let’s talk about transmissions in a little bit greater
detail the five-speed manuals throes are

long and they’re also a little bit

rubbery but the clutch pedal engagement has a very nice linear feel to it the 6-speed automatic is very different than what most people have experienced and I think that’s why you’ll hear a decent number of complaints from owners and certain reviewers as well and that’s probably because they don’t understand how the transmission really works and what’s going on when it’s shifting gears the six-speed powershift transmission is not a true automatic transmission in the normal sense of the word that’s because it doesn’t have planetary gear sets and it doesn’t have a torque converter at its heart it is really two different manual transmissions in the same case with two clutch packs one transmission handles the odd gears and the other transmission handles the even gears that way one transmission can be ready for you as soon as you want to shift out of one gear and into the next so when you’re shifting from first gear to second gear it shifts just like a manual mission it goes in a neutral for a very brief moment and then it goes in the second year so there’s a slight delay in power that’s a little bit unusual compared to normal automatic transmissions because there’s no torque converter it also means that when you’re starting from a stop in first gear the car can roll backwards a little bit which is very unusual again for a regular automatic transmission but
perfectly normal for a manual

transmission so the bottom line and the

thing that you need to know is that that six-speed automatic transmission shifts like someone driving a six-speed manual transmission very very well someone that’s very good on the clutch pedal very good on the shifter never misses a shift but it does Drive very much like a manual transmission the benefit from that is the fuel economy and that’s part of why the fuel economy in the automatic transmission version of the Fiesta is higher than the manual transmission version it’s also why I really wished for it would put that six-speed powershift transmission behind the three cylinder one liter turbo engine because I think that it would make the fuel economy of that 1 liter turbo even better it would also improve the driving experience the fiestas not as dynamic out on the road as the Mazda 2 or the Honda Fit but it’s an awful lot more fun than the Sonic or the Kia Rio overall however the Fiesta has just the best package in this subcompact market especially if you want a little bit more loaded hatch than you can get in the competition

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