Being practical doesn’t always imply a sense of weakness. Take the 2011 Ford Fiesta Sport for example as it offers value for money in a very reasonably package.
Easily recognizable are the vehicle’s headlamps and the attention drawn complemented on the lower bumper flanks by round fog lamps. The Fiesta is accented by elements like the new tail lamp, which feels like it is an integral part of the body–and the V-shaped tailgate’s chamfered rear glass.
Up front, the Fiesta’s profile emphasizes its poised attitude and sporty style. The sweeping roofline extends appealingly from the forward-stretching A-pillar rearward, framing the bold graphic of the Fiesta side window profile to create the sporty feeling for the five-door body style.
The car handles exceptionally well with a gutsy 1.6 liter DOHC engine with variable valve timing for intake and exhaust that provides better acceleration. Just because the Ford Fiesta looks like a boy-next-door type of car, it doesn’t mean that this car can’t spoil you out on speed. You’re probably wrong with that! The Fiesta is a blast! With a heavy right foot, the next thing you’ll hear is the bulk grunt of its engine. It’s zippy (Fiesta, that is), extremely comfortable, and the cabin is top quality.
And speaking of cabin, sitting inside the well-appointed interior of the Fiesta will surely makes anyone’s daily commute more pleasant as it is both roomy and comfortable. With its soft-touch dash top, metallic accents, edgy styling and tight build quality, the Fiesta’s cabin has a premium vibe to it that’s unexpected in an economy car. The center stack controls for the audio system look odd at first but prove intuitive, while the three-knob climate control system couldn’t be easier to use.
Handling is excellent, yet the ride quality remains supple, with bumps and ruts swallowed sans drama. Standard features include airbags, ABS, and stability traction control.
With the new Fiesta, car buyers have the reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trim cabin, good build quality and unexpected features.
- Vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta Sports
- Type: Subcompact hatch
- Engine: 1.6-liter DOHC
- Maximum power 121 ps at 6000 rpm
- Maximum torque 151 Nm at 4500 rpm
- Transmission 6-Speed Powershift dual clutch A/T
- Length 3,950 mm
- Width 1,973 mm
- Height 1,496 mm
- Wheelbase 2,489 mm
- Tire Size 195 / 50 R16
- Wheels 16-inch alloy wheels
- Price as tested P 816,000.00
- Sports driving dynamics
- Nice cabin
- Smooth and peppy engine
- High fuel-economy
- High-end luxury features
- Difficult opening of power window (for 6-foot driver)
- Limited cargo and rear seat space
KRIS C. LIM
Kris C. Lim is currently the managing director of PRLAB media and communication. Kris career spans for more than 10 years in various field of marketing, advertising, and managing editorial assignments. He was also a former managing editor of POWER WHEELS, a car magazine that focuses on aftermarket and performance tuning. A confessed car freak, Kris is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) and also regularly writes for Business Mirror.