Today we’ll finish the week and give a complete summary of the Fiesta SES five-door hatchback.
The all new 2011 Ford Fiesta is a nameplate in the Ford family that gets resurrected with an all-new sedan and hatchback for this model year. The subcompact is being introduced into the Denver market after being gone for over 30 years. The Fiesta arrives with new technology inside and underneath.
Starting on the inside, the new Fiesta gets a ground breaking technology in the mobile multimedia market via a voice activated infotainment system. Ford is trying to attract young buyers by offering a system that takes the traditional AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo and adds audio and podcasts streamed into the car’s sound system via a Bluetooth link to a smart phone.
The interior of the new Fiesta is comfortable and the quality of materials used are either equal to or a tick above the expected standard for cars in the new Fiesta’s class. Others in this class would include the Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and the Mazda2. The Fiesta interior features things that are not commonly found on cars in this size and price class: Options like leather seating surfaces and heated front seats for those cold Denver mornings.
Underneath, the new Fiesta comes standard with a five-speed standard transmission. But Ford introduces a new transmission technology as an option that operates like an automatic but with the fuel economy of a manual transmission. This is a six-speed, twin clutch, automated manual that gives Denver drivers who live in the city the fun of having manual transmission gear changes without dealing with a clutch pedal.
The new Ford Fiesta gets an EPA estimated rating of 30/40 miles per gallon city/highway for the six-speed automatic against 29/38 mpg for the five-speed manual. Normally, an automatic would get two or more mpg less than a manual.
On the road, the Fiesta is ideal for commuting around town during the week, and for short weekend trips and errands. Its subcompact size allows it to slip easily into tight parking spaces and zip through stop and go traffic. The ride is smooth on the daily commute and wind and road noise are less than others in this class. The Fiesta has good road manners and handles well for a small car.
With two body styles available, Denver buyers can have the option of a sedan with a high rear deck, or a hatchback with a Euro style look and easy access rear hatch.
With a MSRP of $13,320 for the base four-door sedan and $17,120 for the top level, five door hatchback, the 2011 Fiesta is competitive. The bottom line is a car that young Denver commuters will find well fitted for their active technology driven lifestyles.
Tomorrow we’ll give a full report of the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES five passenger hatchback.