Ford Fiesta Sport Test Drive In Malaysia & Experience Hollywood Contest

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.

Ford Fiesta Sport 1.6L Ti-VCT

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).

Ford Fiesta in Genting

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.

Ford Fiesta S

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.

ShaolinTiger in the Fiesta

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.

Fiesta Mirrors

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.

Ford Fiesta Sport Center Console

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:

http://www.ford.net.my

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13 Responses to Ford Fiesta Sport Test Drive In Malaysia & Experience Hollywood Contest

  1. Mark Leo February 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Great car, but I would only get the hatch back version. The sedan looking thingy looks a tad bit off. I wonder if they will bring the tuned up version which was recently launched in the UK with specs up to 134PS.

  2. Mr Nikky February 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Just ordered mine last week before the price hike! Can’t wait for it to arrive

  3. J.Y å…ƒ February 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Managed to get to know and achieve the top speed while reviewing this Fiesta?

  4. JD February 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Have been seeing a few around OTR nowadays. Looks good but would the passenger seats at the back comfy?

  5. kazu February 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    haha,saw lots of them roaming in KL ady,kinda nice looking car
    anyway,legal speed limit on karak highway is 90km/h..hehe

  6. Nava Krishnan February 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    for your write-up, I gather it must be worth the price, slick and classy its looks for me.

  7. KY February 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    that is a lot of car for the money!

  8. Huai Bin February 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Nice! It’s great value for 82k.

  9. kaminski February 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Good write up! I can’t wait for the day when Malaysia actually supplies Euro4 diesel, then we all will get to chance to drive those torque drenched conti’s around town!

  10. eelyn March 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    how about the 1.4 manual transmission? i intended to get that specs, but wonder if its’ handling, stability and performance is as good? i’ve test drive the sedan model, frankly speaking in my opinion, it is not good, in sense of handling / stability.

  11. Lim Seang Joo March 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I ordered the Fiesta S in Aug 2010 and timed it to deliver in Jan 2011. Since driving from 22/1/2011, I have clocked about 3,500km; including two trips from Penang to KL. I have another car to drive.

    The positive points overhelmed the negative points.

    Prominent Positive: a) extremely responsive acceleration through quick automatic gearchange. The downshift effect is very quick. b)economical: crusing at 125km/h at about 7.0 litres/100km; at 110 km/h is about 6.2 litres/100km; city driving at about 8.8 litres/100km. c) feel safe, although ESP or ABS was not in use and the EPS was on the light side d)beautiful and youthful external design e) no cap fuelling f) lots of gadgets for sound/phone

    Prominent negative: a) the 50 profile tyres are very bumpy, even when set to F=31, R=26 psig for 1-3 people as recommended. b) no temperature gauge c) the promised service centre in Penang island in Dec 2010 did not happen and not sure when; called Autoconnexion HQ and even the Head of After Sale Manager, Mr Moorgam Maniam did not know too; d) no actual guide on when to change the battery as the TCM of this car will be badly affected by weak battery. This car is HEAVILY depended on electrical system, thus a good charged battery is very important.

    regards,
    SJ Lim
    Penang.

  12. Fiona K March 17, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Thanks for the review! Was planning to get that and with this piece of review, I’m confirmed! 😀

  13. Mk berhams March 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Yeah..i got 1. 14 manual. Good power and stability. Just go 140kmh and feel the power engine. smooth gear shift. Great for morney and save fuel.