• Dec 10, 2008
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We've been watching Top Gear for quite a while now, and for our money, no one on this planet mixes cars, TV and entertainment better than the blokes from the Beeb. Having said that, the Brits may have outdone themselves this time, and with a car few would have chosen as the most likely candidate. Top Gear superstar Jeremy Clarkson was tasked with giving a thorough, exhaustive review of the all new 2009 Ford Fiesta. The affable Clarkson takes the Fiesta through the usual paces on the open road and at the track, and then he gets creative. We don't want to ruin it for you, so check out the ten-minute super review after the jump. If we haven't given you enough reason to click through, Clarkson does get chased by a black Vette inside a British mall, and he finishes by taking a beachhead in a Fiesta full of Royal Marines while under heavy gunfire. Oh, and smoke grenades fit in the Fiesta's cup holders. Impressive stuff, indeed. Thanks to all who tipped in.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson sang odes to Fiesta in his recent Times review but was harsh on Mazda 2 in the same paper earlier. Now, Fiesta an Mazda are mechanically identical cars, petrol engines in Fiesta are Mazda's MZ units. So much for Clarkson and "unbiased" British motoring press, that treats Ford as domestic brand while the rest of the Europe knows it's German with American ownership.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The UK press treats Ford of Europe products as European products. The Fiesta is - and always has been - a European car, built for many years in various European plants including the UK until the 1990's.

        Just because Ford of America owns the share certificates to its European subsidiaries means nothing to the UK press or the average European punter. These cars were developed by Europeans for Europeans, and the Fiesta has always been highly praised by TG for the way it drives. Make no mistake, the two incarnations of the Mazda 2 , and the last iteration of the Mazda 121, were little more than repackaged Fiestas anyway and most were also built in Spain alongside the Fiesta. Just because the latest 2 (which uses Ford's B2xx platform but given an internal code at Mazda) was released ahead of the Fiesta does not wash away the fact that the car is essentially a Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It isn't just Clarkson that has the 2 coming out behind in a comparison to the Fiesta. Pretty much that is a univesal opinion.

        from Motortrend -

        "Once the platform was done, Ford was able to take it and develop very Ford-ized cars. The Fiesta has no visual parts or powertrains in common with its Japanese counterpart, the Mazda2 subcompact, and feels very different too, thanks to a much more refined driving experience."

        from Yahoo autos UK

        "One thing that Fords Fiesta has that the Mazda2 patiently doesnt is a degree of sportiness."

        from Car and Driver

        "Ford fits different engines and transmissions and specifies suspension and steering settings to suit its own criteria, and, surprisingly, the Fiesta has a sportier character. "

        from Channel4 (UK)

        "Though the Ford Fiesta shares its basic platform with the Mazda 2, the two cars feel quite different due to specific retuning - and the Fiesta's even more fun to drive. "

        from Heald Sun (AU)

        "Both the Fiesta and Mazda2 share the same MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear suspension suspensions but the Ford is tuned differently. Even the rear muffler has been re-engineered to provide a sportier exhaust note. Ford vehicle engineering manager, Dieter Schwarz, says the bushings, spring and damper rates at the rear have been retuned. 'As the car is stiffer than even the Mazda2 we've been able to provide a more compliant ride without any handling tradeoff.'"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, the basic underpinnings are the same, but Ford has tuned the suspension differently and designed the interior differently. The engines in the Fiesta ARE NOT Mazda MZ engines. The 1.6 is now almost purely a Ford powerplant and the diesels are developed through their PSA alliance.

        There is, in fact, a significant difference between the Fiesta and the Mazda2.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone has ever called Top Gear unbiased.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Epic!
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice!!! top gear is definitely one of my favorite car shows... what they did in the mall is amazing.. nice work!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn. I think Clarkson just sold me on an '09 Fiesta.

      God, I hope that's the one we're getting. It looks about as big as my girlfriend's 1st gen 3-door Focus and probably just as quick, but eleventy-billion times better looking. Unfortunately, she's refuses learn stick. Here's to hoping for a manual mode auto.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awsome. The best review of a car I have ever seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely one of the top Top Gear moments in a long time. I was in hysterics watching this on TV. Pure GENIUS. The 'vette in the shopping centre was my favourite, very closely followed by the army bit.

      Laughing about it again now. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson's just damn lucky he didn't stall the engine coming off that landing craft. Unless they hid a snorkel on that car somewhere...

      Whenever I see a regular old passenger car going through high water, I always remember a story I heard years ago about someone who did it and ended up with a smiley face on his radiator from where the fan blades bit into it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I kinda did that with a 83 Civic. It wasn't exactly planned....

        In any case the water was up to the windshield, she stalled, but I managed to restart. It sounded like a boat because the exhaust was under water and blowing bubbles.

        I got out of the water and was schocked that the car still ran. It ran rough at first, but got better, and got me home. As I was trying to dry the inside out, I called my mechanic, explained what happened, and made an appointment to have the car checked out the next day, just in case.

        The next morning it wouldn't start. They replaced the distributor cap and rotor and plug wires and that was it. In 204k miles, that was the only time the car was ever on the back of a tow truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      first time watching this show.love it. like the ford,just hurry and bring the car here to the U.S
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG!! that was the best thing about a car I've ever seen. I'm not in the market for a car but i want a Ford Fiesta now. he mall scene was great. I hope the US Top Gear will be at least half as good as this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep,

      It was a pretty good review. The question is what engines will Fiesta will have when it comes out late next year?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mall scene was amazing. I'd love to know the backstory behind it. I can't imagine a mall that was still in business allowing that to be filmed there. They broke windows, crashed through carts, etc. Not to mention all of the tire tracks and burnt rubber on the floors.

      On the other hand, if this was a vacant mall, it must have cost a fair bit of money to re-furnish all of those stores so it looked like it was still open.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It was filmed (as far as I can tell as I have only been once) at Westfield White City. A massive new shopping mall opposite BBC Television Centre. It only opened last month and cost £1.7 billion to build.

        How they got permission is anyone’s guess. I suppose they filmed it before the grand opening so they had a chance to fix any damage caused.
      • 6 Years Ago
      O _ O

      Sold. 3 times over.

      Get it here NOW.
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