CAR OF THE MONTH
Ford Fiesta: mature compact
Written by: Jan Tuček
The new generation of compacts is
approaching lower middle-class cars in both their features and dimensions.
Proof of this is the new Ford Fiesta, a completely mature automobile
that refuses to be called "little".
FROM FIRST GLANCE, the new Fiesta resembles the larger Focus model,
not only because the shape is similar. With a wheel base of 2486
mm, the total length of the new car closes in on the four meter
limit (3917 mm) providing enough space for both passengers and luggage.
Fiesta has, of course, variable luggage space, the basic volume
of 284 liters can be increased to 947 l by folding down the back
seats. The modern chassis, with front-mounted engine and front-wheel
drive, distinguishes itself with excellent driving characteristics
comparable to cars of a higher segment. On the Czech market, the
Fiesta is sold with four levels of options - basic, Ambiente, Trend
and Ghia. The least expensive five-door model with a 1.3-l, 70-hp
(51 kW) gas engine costs CZK 299,900. More demanding drivers can
get cars installed with a 16-valve, 1.4- or 1.6-l four-cylinder
engine, with output of 80 and 100 hp (58 and 74 kW). The Fiesta,
driven by a 1.4-l TDCi turbodiesel engine with output of 68 hp (50
kW), offers an economical alternative. It reaches 164 km/h and has
an average consumption rate of only 4.4 l of diesel per 100 km.
With the Ambiente package, it is available for CZK 391,900 while
the luxury package Ghia costs CZK 437,300.