South Africa Welcomed the New Fiesta in May
Yes we know…its 2018. But it’s finally here. Ford’s latest Fiesta has arrived in South Africa in May, putting an end to a rather extended siesta for Ford lovers who have been waiting for this car since July last year.
SA is getting just half of what’s on offer with two out of the four variants confirmed for the market. The mid-level Trend and class topping Titanium are the Fiesta series we can expect to see in dealerships pretty soon. The popular hatchback is now in its seventh-generation and has truly evolved to become one of the most attractive vehicles in its class. A best-seller, a Ford favourite and an absolute blast to drive, the Ford Fiesta 2018 is here to reinforce everything you’ve ever loved about it.
With the Ambiente range falling away entirely, the Ford Fiesta 2018 derivative line up drops from 12 to 5. Two engine options are available, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol version and the 1.5-litre TDCI. The EcoBoost engine is featured in both the Trend and Titatanium lines, with both manual and automatic options. The diesel however will only be available in the Trend variant and is limited to manual transmission. The manual EcoBoost Titanium is said to be most impressive, with its ridiculously economical 3-cylinder engine providing up to 92kW of power and 170Nm of torque.
So how does it look?
Though subtle, the Fiesta’s handful of exterior modifications provides a sense of rejuvenation. It’s only significant design adjustments include changes to the front and rear headlights. With the retention of its iconic aston-like grille the car is still unmistakably Fiesta. Several color options are available, most of which are metallic. The launch color of the Fiesta is the captivating Blue Wave shade but theirs something to everyone with chrome copper, ruby red and magnetic up for grabs.
And what about inside?
Compared to the lowkey refinements on the outside, more tangible updates can be seen on the inside. The cabin has a contemporary finish, with small changes like chrome detailing contributing to a more sophisticated feel. This Fiesta leans to the simplistic side of life, ditching several buttons, even on the multi-function steering wheel. Blue analogue dials stay true to Ford and touch & feel items are mostly soft-touch rubber for enhanced comfort. The luggage space has also been improved with 303 litres now available for your bits and bobs. It’s also quieter on the inside, thanks to a minor suspension adjustment and rubber bushings.
When looking at the technological side of things, one of the best features of the Fiesta actually comes standard. The Fiesta hosts an 8-inch Sync3 touchscreen infotainment system which integrates with Android Auto (not available in SA just yet) and of course Apple CarPlay which is up and ready to go (giving iPhone enthusiasts more reason to be smug). The exceptionally intuitive system is already at a standard we’ve come to expect from Ford, but the inclusion of CarPlay takes things up a notch.
For those willing to spend some extra dough, there is a range of enhancements and options available. Aesthetically, buyers are able to select from a variety of trims and upholstery options. The more tech-savvy of us can look to purchasing a 10-speaker B-O play sound system, USB connectivity or a selection of driver aids including radar-based cruised control and lane-assist.
Safety features such as ABS, Hill Launch Assist, numerous airbags, ISOFIX child seats, anti-theft door and reverse parking assist remains class-leading, included in all variants irrespective of the series. The higher spec models include additional smart features such as keyless entry and start, ambient lighting and native turn-by-turn navigation.
The Fiesta manages to achieve a fresh new feel without compromising on the things that make it special. The Fiesta is fun, and if Ford keeps to its commitment to keep the fun driving experience central to its appeal, it will continue to delight the generations to come.