Aug 18

Quirky Travel Review: out and about in the all-new Ford Fiesta

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The Ford Fiesta at Windermere Works

The Ford Fiesta at Windermere Works

“Now that is one sexy-looking car.” This was the reaction from one of my best friends to the vehicle I rocked up in to take her out. The brand new Ford Fiesta has film-star good looks, which is not something I was expecting when I agreed to test-drive it for a week. To be honest, apart from a couple of hire cars, I hadn’t driven a Ford since my bright orange Ford Escort in the 1980s. But as soon as I saw this vehicle, I was hooked. Its sleek lines, metallic finish, high-spec features and even the cycle rack on the roof, shouted ‘come try me’.

Ford Fiesta Morecambe Bay

The Ford Fiesta overlooking Morecambe Bay

Over the following week, I drove over 400 miles from Carnforth in Lancashire to Cockermouth in north Cumbria, to Sunderland Point, the quaint little peninsula on Morecambe Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere and Grasmere. The car handles really well and I fell completely in love. OK, I currently drive an old Honda Jazz so (almost) any new car is an improvement, but I do a lot of mileage in my job as a travel writer and business coach and I am fussy what I drive. My son, definitely not easily impressed, thought it was great, and was almost as sorry as I was when I had to hand it back.

New Ford Fiesta – Features

The Ford Fiesta in North Lake District

The Ford Fiesta in North Lake District

  • Active Park Assist inc Parallel and Perpendicular Parking with Side Parking Aid
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with built-in RADAR sensor
  • Lane Keeping Aid with Steering Wheel alert and Warning Light
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition indicating Speed Limit
  • Blind Spot Information System for Wing Mirrors
  • Automatic Lights plus Auto High Beam Night aid
  • Automatic Windscreen Wiper option
  • Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Ford SYNC 3 Voice-Control and Touch-Screen technology to control phone, music and navigation
  • Bang & Olufsen B&O PLAY 675-watt audio system with 10-speaker, woofer and subwoofer
Ford Fiesta Blackwell Arts and Crafts House overlooking Windermere

Ford Fiesta Blackwell Arts and Crafts House overlooking Windermere

There are many more features as standard and optional. I had the 1.5 litre TDCi engine which gives a very impressive performance and fuel economy. Driving along the motorway and country lanes, up fells and along the coast, I got an average of 56mpg and if I’d used the Eco-Button it would have been even more efficient. It’s got keyless ignition and when the car was idling in a queue, the Auto Start-Stop technology switched off the engine while still supplying power to essentials like the headlights, air-conditioning and the audio system. A light touch on the clutch got it going in nano-seconds. With its new six-speed manual transmission and electronic torque vectoring control (whatever that is) it gives a fast, smooth drive with tight cornering a decent turning circle.

Ford Fiesta Sunderland Point Lancashire

Ford Fiesta at Sunderland Point

My Fiesta was the 5 door model and had loads of space in the front and a larger rear seating than many similar cars. The seats are very comfortable; I have a dodgy back but the driver’s seat was easy to adjust, which isn’t always the case. My son’s 6′ 3″ and had plenty of legroom, though if you were sitting behind him you’d have a bit of a squeeze! The Fiesta is often described as a ‘Super-Mini’ but it would easily take a group of four, or five a push. There’s no compromise in the boot: it’s got depth and height so plenty of room for shopping bags, walking boots, jacket and the other paraphernalia that I manage to fill my car with. Watch this video to find out more.

5-Star Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta Sunderland Point

For its technological features, quality build, attractive appearance including its grey metallic finish (Magnetic), sleek lines and comfort I give the all-new Ford Fiesta 5 stars. Many thanks for Pye Motors for lending me the car. I wasn’t paid for this assignment and all views are my own. Contact them for more details on the Ford Fiesta and to arrange a test drive – hopefully you’ll love it too. Now, who wants to buy an old Honda Jazz? I’ve got my sights set on a much sexier beast …

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8 Responses to “Quirky Travel Review: out and about in the all-new Ford Fiesta”

  1. From Zoe Dawes:

    As you may have gathered, I was very smitten with this car 🙂 Someone just asked me if I REALLY meant what I wrote or did I write it because I had to in return for the use of the car for a week. NO – I didn’t have to write a review, make a video or do anything other than share some social media about my time driving it. I chose to write this as I wanted to share my genuine thoughts about the Fiesta!

    Posted on August 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm #
  2. From Em Ross:

    This car seems to have everything you could wish for in a very attractive package.

    Posted on August 22, 2017 at 11:51 am #
  3. From Zoe Dawes:

    Well said! The only thing I’d add to it would be SatNav as standard. Must admit it’s been a bit of struggle to return to my own rather dated vehicle 🙁

    Posted on August 24, 2017 at 11:59 am #
  4. From James Kaye:

    Great-looking car. We have a Ford Focus but now the kids have left home we may ‘downsize’ to the new Fiesta. Doesn’t look like we’d sacrifice too much space and I really like the technology.

    Posted on August 26, 2017 at 11:55 am #
  5. From Zoe Dawes:

    James, a friend has a Focus and I took her out in the Fiesta that week. She was very impressed. Suggest you book a test drive and see what you think.

    Posted on August 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm #
  6. From Pat Sills:

    Very impressed with the new Fiesta. Not only is it attractive externally, it offers amazing inclusive features!

    Posted on September 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm #
  7. From Taxi Service in Agra:

    This car looks very amazing and very nice for having in garage. Thanks for sharing this post glad to read it.

    Posted on September 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm #
  8. From Zoe Dawes:

    It is a lovely car and I am sure would a great addition to your fleet of taxis in Agra!

    Posted on September 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

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