Date:22 February 2013
Cutting-edge tech available on the new Ford Fiesta brings a new dimension to the compact hatch bracket in a car the company says is designed for the digital generation.
The technology – some of it standard – will make it possible to:
- Achieve fuel economy and emissions to rival hybrids’ thanks to its EcoBoost engine;
- Interact with the infotainment using a wide range of voice commands using Ford Sync; and
- Control how your young, inexperienced offspring drive the car, using MyKey.
We drove two versions of the 1,0 EcoBoost petrol as well as a diesel on a 300 km route in the Western Cape’s Boland. The petrol-engined model certainly raised smiles all round with its combination of punch and refinement, not to mention its distinctive three-cylinder growl. Fashionistas will likewise approve of the car’s edgy styling and palette of a dozen vibrant standard colours.
Voted International Engine of the Year, the 1,0 EcoBoost petrol engine is subject to 125 patents. It is rated at 99 g/km of CO2 and 4,3 litres/100 km on the combined cycle. Yet its efficiency tech – including direct injection and turbocharging – squeezes a staggering 92 kW and 170 N.m out of this tiny unit. Also available are a 1,4 petrol and a 1,6 turbodiesel.
Prices start at R164 400.