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Chris M Wanted a V-10

A little bit more exciting than a Ka

Test drive of a Fiesta 1.0 ecoboost 100 completed this morning - a world apart from the 1.25 that I had for 3 days a couple of weeks ago when the Ka's start-stop issue was being rectified.  Quite a few unregistered new cars parked up at the dealer and subject to the finance agreement being approved, I should be the "owner" of one of them in a couple of weeks' time
Roadsterstu

Excellent. Model? Colour? Are you waiting for the new reg?
Boxer6

Roadsterstu wrote:
Excellent. Model? Colour? Are you waiting for the new reg?


I'm waiting for Chris's new thread on appropriate Fester git-plates!!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I've chosen a git plate for no cost this time! OHO instead of AKA at the end (presuming that the list of choices was correct, but it doesn't start with KA).
Should be a Titanium 100bhp ecoboost 5-door in pearescent candy blue with the 17" wheel option, (public) convenience pack and parking sensors F&R and the all important spare wheel option.  Some differences in what you get/what packs are called across different Ford models means that it has keep-fit rear windows but is totally hands-free to enter and exit.
We think that the car in the photos is the one on offer, if so it's riding on Contis and I've had a quick look and Michelins in this size are prohibitively expensive compared to other leading brands (205/40 17's).  The 17" wheels also bring a reduction in steering lock, but not sure by how much, or how much firmer the ride will be compared to the normal 16" wheels/tyres as fitted to the Titanium model that I test-drove.


Otherwise, similar to Richard's

and cbeaks's from a while back


It should be my second 12-valve car... 3 cylinders each with 4 valves rather than the Honda's 4 cylinders each with 3 valves
gooner

That looks smart Chris. I'm not overly keen on the fiesta, I think it's starting to look dated against newer competition but the updated grill has kept it fresh. The engine is great too and easily makes the difference compared to the 1.25 which is quite an old engine these days.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I'm not sure, but the 1.25 could be basically the same engine that was in the original Ka?  Whatever, the ecoboost engine is a revelation and has obvisouly been designed from scratch to be able to run economically on low throttle openings, or in a performance-orientated mode when you mash the throttle, to coin an auto journalist phrase.  The interior may look dated, the heater controls very hard to see at a glance at night (one reason I've gone for Titanium trim as it comes with climate control) and the rear seats/boot are not as spacious as most rivals, but it's a bundle of fun to drive.   I'm genuinely surprised at how great the ride and handling are - you hear the suspension working but the bumps and potholes are generally smoothed out so you don't feel them, and the engine is keen to rev and has plenty of poke as you press on the accelerator.  The Polo is a more "sensible" car - more solid inside, appears to have better quality plastics etc, but it's so dull, just plain functional surfaces everywhere.  It doesn't ride as well and the engine (I tried a 1.2TSI) isn't anything like as responsive.

I think I may have even more fun driving the Fiesta than the Ka, just got to hope that the finance goes through OK..... I'll be moving from £70 per month to £150 (plus a bit more on the insurance), but hopefully it'll be worth it!
Roll on 5th March.....
gooner

No the original Ka had an even older 1.3. The 1.25 was quite new in the Fiesta at the time.

Agree about the Polo. The dragon in law has one and it is as dull inside and to drive as it looks from the outside. Sharper suited than the Fiesta it may be but not as fun.
Frank Bullitt

The 1.25 is a Yamaha developed unit which in the original Fiesta iteration was a revelation, but years of applying extra weight and emissions standards to it hasn't done it any favours.

The 1.3 is a pushrod unit and can trace its origins back to the ark - I'm sure the 1.25 was never fitted to the Ka due to being twin cam and not fitting in transversely under the bonnet (whilst maintaining enough crash protection so a pedestrian doesn't end up with a set of cam-gears impaled onto them - I'm sure there are plenty of Barry boys who have done it), hence the SportKa got a 1.6 single cam unit instead.

The Fiesta looks good, I must try an Ecoboost at some point.
Michael

That's a good looking car, I have a soft spot for these.
PhilD

I'm a bit lost now Chris, how many cars in your stable, 5 or 6?!
Andy C

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
I think I may have even more fun driving the Fiesta than the Ka


You think ?!

Great choice.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

PhilD wrote:
I'm a bit lost now Chris, how many cars in your stable, 5 or 6?!

Depends on the location of the stable..... 3 at home, wife's Captur (it's mine really but I just don't get to drive it), C-Max and Ka-to-become-Fiesta.

Both daughters moved away from home a few years back but I'm still on both their insurance policies to drive the 2005 Fiesta and Boris-the-Auris.

Also still on dad's policy to drive his V70, but that's now a very rare "treat"

EDIT: I'm also one of 3 people on our works van policy, but we've only got that on hire for a "short" period of time.... was going to be 6 months maximum, but we've now had it over a year although it should be going back to the hire co in another month, once we finally finish moving the company from one side of Basinstoke to the other. It's a rather battered and elderly Peugeot Partner white van; we had it so long that it had to go back for a week to be serviced and MoT'd; guess who drew the short straw to take it back????  The Astravan we temporarily had in its place was infinitely better to drive but totally useless for fitting our boxed products into !  Could only "stack" them one high against 3 high in the Partner
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
PhilD wrote:
I'm a bit lost now Chris, how many cars in your stable, 5 or 6?!

Depends on the location of the stable..... 3 at home, wife's Captur (it's mine really but I just don't get to drive it), C-Max and Ka-to-become-Fiesta.


If you pooled your resources you could afford to get one decent car! (sorry, couldn't resist). Must be a bit of a nightmare though managing the insurance, tax, MoT etc, though I guess with new cars that's not such a problem.
Martin

The Fiesta does look smart, nice colour and wheels, but I'd be a bit worried about low profile tyres with your history!

PhilD wrote:
If you pooled your resources you could afford to get one decent car! (sorry, couldn't resist).


Each to their own, but still a good point, especially when driving the parents V70 is classified as a 'treat'.  I bet you could have a new one of those for what you're paying out each year on the two Fords.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
I've chosen a git plate for no cost this time! OHO instead of AKA at the end (presuming that the list of choices was correct, but it doesn't start with KA).

Disappointed;
List of choices wan't correct, so it won't be OHO.  I'll have to start off with a "random" plate and see if I can afford another "KA" plate in a few weeks or months.....

PhilD wrote:

If you pooled your resources you could afford to get one decent car! (sorry, couldn't resist).

I'll have 3 decent cars once I get the Fiesta !
I don't want one overly-large car again; the Galaxy fulfilled its purpose for more years that I wanted it to. Now that I have a little bit of money to spend on motoring, I want to enjoy my time.  When I retire, I expect that we will have to go down to one car so I want to make the most of the next 10 years.....
Richard (ex-MB)

An excellent choice Chris! Even if I say so myself...

I think the 17" option wheels really suit the Fiesta and many of the ones I see on the road look under-tyred.

I wasn't able to test drive one with the bigger wheels either so I was a bit nervous about the ride quality but it isn't crashy.

I don't regret buying the 125hp titanium x but I think I would have to be honest and say that the 100hp titanium is the more sensible and, probably, the pick of the range (ST aside).

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine!
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
I've chosen a git plate for no cost this time! OHO instead of AKA at the end (presuming that the list of choices was correct, but it doesn't start with KA).

Disappointed;
List of choices wan't correct, so it won't be OHO.  I'll have to start off with a "random" plate and see if I can afford another "KA" plate in a few weeks or months.....

PhilD wrote:

If you pooled your resources you could afford to get one decent car! (sorry, couldn't resist).

I'll have 3 decent cars once I get the Fiesta !
I don't want one overly-large car again; the Galaxy fulfilled its purpose for more years that I wanted it to. Now that I have a little bit of money to spend on motoring, I want to enjoy my time..


That was my point!

anyway, nice looking car and I wish you many happy miles  
PG

Blue is definitely the new silver.

Enjoy it!
Martin

I don't know what your deposit / annual mileage is, but you can get a Fiesta ST for another £30 a month (£1,000 deposit, 9,000 miles pa).  Now that would a fun car.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

What's spectacularly disappointing is that the ST is only avialable as a 3-door in the UK, but in the USA it's only available as a 5-door.  One reason for changing from Ka to Fiesta is the 2 extra doors.

If the 5-door ST were on sale in the UK, I'd have been sorely tempted. As it is, the first challenge (apart from avoiding punctures) will be to see just how many mpg I can squeeze out of an ecoboost 1-litre
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
What's spectacularly disappointing is that the ST is only avialable as a 3-door in the UK, but in the USA it's only available as a 5-door.  One reason for changing from Ka to Fiesta is the 2 extra doors.

If the 5-door ST were on sale in the UK, I'd have been sorely tempted. As it is, the first challenge (apart from avoiding punctures) will be to see just how many mpg I can squeeze out of an ecoboost 1-litre


I'll set you a challenge to beat:
The Astra has so far done 875miles at 66.2mpg (indicated) first tank calculation of 65.7.
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
What's spectacularly disappointing is that the ST is only avialable as a 3-door in the UK, but in the USA it's only available as a 5-door.  One reason for changing from Ka to Fiesta is the 2 extra doors.

If the 5-door ST were on sale in the UK, I'd have been sorely tempted. As it is, the first challenge (apart from avoiding punctures) will be to see just how many mpg I can squeeze out of an ecoboost 1-litre


I'll set you a challenge to beat:
The Astra has so far done 875miles at 66.2mpg (indicated) first tank calculation of 65.7.
Chocy Rocky

Great choice Chris, I really like the Fiesta.


I go away for a few weeks and now it's an econo fest.*

Giant wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
What's spectacularly disappointing is that the ST is only avialable as a 3-door in the UK, but in the USA it's only available as a 5-door.  One reason for changing from Ka to Fiesta is the 2 extra doors.

If the 5-door ST were on sale in the UK, I'd have been sorely tempted. As it is, the first challenge (apart from avoiding punctures) will be to see just how many mpg I can squeeze out of an ecoboost 1-litre


I'll set you a challenge to beat:
The Astra has so far done 875miles at 66.2mpg (indicated) first tank calculation of 65.7.


I got 62mpg when out on an easy family run today.
Eff One

Martin wrote:
I don't know what your deposit / annual mileage is, but you can get a Fiesta ST for another £30 a month (£1,000 deposit, 9,000 miles pa).  Now that would a fun car.


+1

100 Ecoboost is great, though - probably the pick of the 5-door Fiestas. Why Ford persist in only offering the ST as a 3 door I've no idea - I'd have had one in 2013 if they did a 5-door.

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