• Jul 18, 2009
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The US auto industry has traditionally been a market for large cars, trucks and SUVs. High fuel prices and increasingly strict emissions regulations have made smaller, more efficient models a must-have for any OEM, but not every automaker has a B-Segment entry, including Ford.

That changes next spring, of course, when the 2011 Ford Fiesta comes stateside, and Dearborn is hoping to attract young buyers who won't mind paying a premium for good looks and high-end equipment. Since it'll be months before we'll be able to get our hands on the US-spec Fiesta, we tried out the European model for a weekend. Does the Fiesta have what it takes for Ford to turn the B-Segment on its ear? Follow the jump to find out. You can also read our full review by clicking here.





Euro spec Ford Fiesta Review


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      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing on my wish list would be a manual with a top gear (preferable 6 speed) that is geared only for low RPM highway cruising.

      I hate that they aim these things to run at 3500 -4000 rpms in top gear at true highway speeds (75MPH), because some people are too damn lazy to downshift to go up big hills or pass. Get an automatic if you are that lazy.

      Give me a damn highway gear on the manual.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully EPA mpg also comes out be around 38 mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer a 3 door because the doors are larger, making it easier to get in and out. I have bad knees and arthritic hips, and on a small four door car, it literally is painful to try and get in and out of most of them due to having to lean forward around the b-post. Since I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to have someone in the back seat of my current 3 door hatch, I have no use for the extra doors, either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice car. Slot a diesel in it and I'm a buyer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Randy 915:

        "Either way, if you want diesel prices to fall in the US then start voting with your pocketbook and buy more TDI's and BlueTEC's. It must start somewhere..."

        It started. Did you miss AB blog about June sales of Jetta? 80% of wagons sold were diesel, 40% (or 46?) of sedans sold were diesel. People are voting with their wallet, but nobody listens. Fine with me, I'll keep buying VW diesel although I would probably switch for Euro spec Fiesta, Focus diesel or Fusion diesel. Too bad.

        By the way, I'd really run to dealership for 123d hatch ;-)

        One more thing, it is literally impossible to convince anybody to even give diesel a shot until they drive it for 1500 - 2000 miles. Then you realize diesel is more than a sum of its numbers. For that torque you need at least 50% higher displacement or turbo in similar gas engine (which you then fill with premium, not regular, that usually costs more than diesel) and get even lousier mileage than comparable displacement gas engine. You also realize you are saving money until diesel costs almost *double* than price of gas. Let alone 15-20% more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Diesel prices are all over the map depending on where you live. Are you willing to get better mileage by paying prices higher than 91? America's not ready to diesel unless prices fall within reasonable levels but it's a classic case chicken and egg — must we have more diesel vehicles and drive up demand before gas stations purchase more diesel and drive up diesel alotment for the US or the other way around? (correct me if I'm wrong in that theory)

        Either way, if you want diesel prices to fall in the US then start voting with your pocketbook and buy more TDI's and BlueTEC's. It must start somewhere...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chris Shunk that "review" was bunk. It lacks substance and a little spunk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford needs to stop showing it in that stupid green color with those ugly wheels. This car is a style winner in the right configuration. Of course, the U.S. model won't be as cool, I'm guessing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why not the LS2LS7?

        In Europe, we tend to think that certain American stuff is cooler than its European version. Say, ehm, Corvette is cool, Viper is cool. The rest of American line-up is dull on both sides of the Atlantic for most folks. As is VW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The wheels look fine to me, but yeah that green has to go. Ugh.

        I don't get the people who will buy the 3 door, but not the 5 door. WTH? They will have the same exact shape/looks except for an additional door handle, is that something to not buy a car over?

        The only reason I prefer 3 doors over 5 doors is because they are generally a couple of hundred bucks cheaper. Other than that I don't care. What I really want is the functionality of hatch and most small American cars don't give you that option at all. What are you going to buy instead if they don't give you 3 doors? A crappy stripped Hyundia Accent or Toyota Yaris?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford shouldn't waste their time with the Fiesta.

        Just bring us the EuroFocus. And offer a stripped version for penny-pinchers.

        At comparable equipment levels, the Fiesta will probably cost $500 less and get 2 mpg better. Not worth the effort.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Yaroukh:

        Wow, thanks. :*( That's worthy of a news article on Autoblog. At least now I know I should start looking elsewhere. Sure, I will still go test drive the 4-door, but if Ford thinks I'll change my mind when I get all giddy at the dealership, then they don't know their demographics well enough. I'm the target audience (26 year old game developer, married, environmentally aware, Austinite, online generation, online shopper) and I know what I want years before it ever even releases. The Fiesta *was* no exception.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It will only be available as a 5-door or 4-door. Ford committed to building a hatchback as well as a sedan, but the 3-door figured to be by far the least popular configuration--unless you count the Mini, only the Yaris and Accent offer one, and how often do you see one on the road? This isn't a car that Ford can afford to have pile up on dealer lots, so it makes sense to start out with the body styles most likely to sell--even in Europe, some competitors (e. g., VW Polo) don't offer a 3-door any more. Maybe later on if it's successful--I personally would prefer a 3-door, but the 5-door will do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @bc - don't forget about the other 3-doors, the GTI / Rabbit, Astra, Scion tC, Civic Coupe / Si, etc. Most of us don't want the expense, the weight, and the worse looks of an extra 2 doors shoved onto the back. I haven't had anyone in the back seat of my car in at least 3 years (other than my wife... ;-)) and really don't see the need for them. Other car companies can offer 3-doors here, why can Ford?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i too would trade in my car for a fiesta 2 door hatch
        • 5 Years Ago
        My wife and I are literally waiting for this car. However if Ford doesn't release the 2-door hatch we will go from gauranteed buyers to be completely turned off and ultimately become customers of another competitor. Which would mean Ford would have turned off a family of longtime new Ford buyers. I want to replace our ZX3 (which I love) for another sporty 2-door hatch. Make it happen Ford or you will lose at least 2 loyal customers (that recommend Fords to people all the time.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll withhold my hate for the American version till it's revealed that it's only available in a 5 door or 4 door sedan, the suspension's been softened up and the seats now fit the average "fat-assed American". Then I'll begin my disgust and start looking elsewhere again...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not the LS2/LS7? truer words have never been spoken. If its not from or takes place in America it's automatically cooler, better, smarter, tougher, or better looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course it won't be as cool. It'll be American. Many Americans think everything foreign is automatically cooler than anything American.
        • 5 Years Ago
        > Of course, the U.S. model won't be as cool, I'm guessing.

        Seems like you already have your decision made.
        No matter what visual change Ford makes to US-spec Fiesta AB-readers will probably consider the change a failure, be it even slightly different color of rear lamps...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yaroukh thanks for the very good info, i guess its back to hoping that toyubaru thing happens
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chibi Chaingun: There will be no 2/3-door Fiesta in US.
        "Fiesta Notebook: Sitting down with Ford’s small car chief, Sam De La Garza"
        http://tinyurl.com/mcm6xg
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree the Fiesta looks sharp and punchy. I love how it has been designed with strong gestural lines. Hard to pick the flaws - I want one! I did a small write up about it with some sketches to show what I mean here http://bit.ly/tctGG
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always chuckle when I hear Nissan pronounced "Knee-sun"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this a "video review" or just someone reading out the written article to me while just showing me non-video pictures in a Ken Burns'ed slideshow?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I keep seeing a couple Burgandy ones here in Salt Lake city the last 6 months on the streets. They aren't bad looking cars, look like Mazda's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford US is going to dominate the compact segment when they roll in with the new Fiesta and European Focus. Hopefully they can also bring in the Kuga to replace the dated Escape.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the Kuga should be brought over and made to replace only the Mariner. The Escape should soldier on and remind us of the Bronco it is styled after (or at least I see it with the Gen 1 Bronco). It would really kick a new found popularity into Mercury.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai genesis 4.6
      Adding to my review of May, the transmission has an abnormal metallic clunking and slapping noise. this has caused the rear end to have some gear play and gear whine. Dealer miss informed me as to cure. Hyundai factory tech had no answers and Hyundai customer service has STIFFED ME. There are no parts or adjustments for the electronic transmission. Dealer’s service manger and Hyundai tech drove a new in stock car and told me this normal for rear drive cars.
      Limited warranty on most electronic items. There is no timer on the front window defoggers. Windshield washers only spray lower part of windshield. Driver and passenger seats need to have the same features. Sunlight blocks out nav system and rear backup camera. Need larger sun visors with side extensors. No light under hood. Both front seats need more thigh support. Too much road feel and vibration from Dunlop tires causes hard steering. There is a blind spot when passenger seat is all the way back. Need grips on underside of steering wheel
      • 5 Years Ago
      the interior looks so cheap and its so ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and you cant change my opinion, it looks rubbish, its my opinion.
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