I was recently tasked with testing out the new Ford Fiesta Sport, apparently the best selling car in Europe for 2010! I’ve also heard a lot of journalists that test drove the car…went ahead and bought the car – that is quite an acclaim. I’m not so much into the small segment cars, but I have to admit – this one really got me interested.
Especially seen as though I do like Cars/Motorsport and this is one well specced car! With a 6-speed Dual Clutch Powershift gearbox, I think it’s gotta be the cheapest car with such high-tech drive technology, it gives a lot smoother ride than a conventional auto gearbox and a lot less power loss. It also comes with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS) to prevent understeer inherent in front wheel drive cars – amazing! The specs are pretty impressive, especially in the small car segment, the interior is equally well specced with blue-tooth with voice control and steering wheel mounted buttons.
Of course it does help that is a very good looking chap, very far removed from the old Fiesta which was very round and podgy – what we called a Hairdressers car back in England.
It looks good from the back too, especially with the 16″ allow wheels (the sedan comes with 15″ – but it’s not as sporty as this one).
Of course for me it has to be the Fiesta S – the sports model! I’d love to try the Fiesta Zetec S that is so loved back home – but sadly it’s not sold in Malaysia.
The cabin is comfortable inside even for someone of my size (a rather ample 6’5″ or 197cm) – I can sit comfortably without rubbing my head on the ceiling. The windscreen is nice and big too so you get great visibility and a slightly elevated seating position for such a small car.
The car is well equipped all around with electric mirrors that fold in when you lock the doors and fold out again when you unlock the car, the remote also allows you to just unlatch the boot to load your shopping and it comes with a nifty flip out key! The mirrors also have a curve at the edge (if you look closely you can see the dotted line) that helps you combat the deadly blindspot.
And of course safety wise, it also comes with a passenger airbag as well as the normal driver airbag – which is quite rare. I did a short test drive video too on the highway just to show you the cabin noise and driving comfort. The best part about the car for me is definitely the responsive Ti-VCT engine mated with the dual-clutch gearbox and simply excellent handling.
The center console may look a bit bewildering at first with the sheer number of buttons, but it’s mostly due to the fact that the car supports Bluetooth pairing with your phone, so the keypad on the left replicates the full numeric phone keypad. It also has radio, cd player and a USB auxiliary input.
The price of the Fiesta Sport 1.6L is RM82,888.00 on the road.
You can try out all of the above features with the currently ongoing Experience Fiesta, Experience Hollywood test-drive and contest. Not only that you also get the chance to win a fully expenses paid trip to watch American Idol Semi-Finals LIVE! The contest is open from February 14th until March 31st 2011.
It’s a pretty cool concept, what you need to do is go along to any Ford showroom (including Ford dealers) anywhere in Malaysia and go for a test-drive! The mechanics of the contest will be explained to you during the drive, but basically what you need to do is submit your entry during the test-drive using the Bluetooth and Voice Control system in the Fiesta via the Mission Center.
Please note – you need to bring along your own handphone with Bluetooth capability to facilitate your entry into the contest.
You can find out more at the Ford Malaysia site here: