Spoilt for Choice.
There are four Fiesta specification levels starting Ambiente (above) with an entry-level price of $15,895 with a smooth shifting five-speed manual transmission. It’s powered by an 82kW/140Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that’s coupled with the manual gearbox or a six-speed dual-clutch auto for an extra $2000.
The Fiesta Ambiente (interior below) comes with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio operation but no touchscreen, cloth trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, power mirrors, hill launch assist and 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.
Like all Fiestas, it also comes with Ford’s Emergency Assist, which uses your mobile phone to contact emergency services if the car is in a crash severe enough to trigger the air-bags. This subscription-based service is provided for the life of the car.
The Fiesta Trend (below) has the same powertrain options as the Ambiente but gains front fog light and 15-inch alloy wheels which doesn’t seem like much for the extra $2000.
The Fiesta Sport is a true step up the range, and comes with the 92kW/170Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine which, as well as being more powerful than the 1.5-litre engine in the Ambiente and Trend, is more fuel efficient. It sips fuel around 5.0L/100km compared the 1.5’s 5.8L/100km.
The Sport also gains 16-inch alloy wheels, partial leather trim, scuff plates in the door sills, ambient lighting, a better stereo and chrome highlights around the windows.
Climate control, rain-sensing wipers, dusk sensing headlights, a perimeter alarm and keyless start can be added as a $1000 Sport Executive Pack.
The range-topping Fiesta ST has a range of performance add-ons including disc brakes on all four wheels, red brake calipers, sports body kit, torque vectoring for better grip while cornering to help it deal with its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 134kW and 240Nm torque and is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox with no automatic option.
Other ST gear includes 17-inch wheels with wider and lower profile tyres, sports front seats and puddle lights that illuminate the ground near the front door. It’s also the only Fiesta variant with a 5.0-inch touch screen and reversing camera, which was added last year.
The variants in the Fiesta range which have the dual-clutch ‘powershift’ transmission are currently embroiled in an ongoing saga over reliability.
- Fiesta Ambiente, manual – $15,825
- Fiesta Ambiente, auto – $17,825
- Fiesta Trend, manual – $17,825
- Fiesta Trend, auto – $19,790
- Fiesta Sport, manual – $20,525
- Fiesta Sport, auto – $22,525
- Fiesta ST, manual – $25,990
The Fiesta ST is the absolute stand out of the range with smile-inducing hot hatch performance without compromising its ability to be a handy daily driver around town.
The Sport is well equipped and provides a nice drive too if you prefer fuel economy to searing acceleration and the Sport Executive Pack adds some useful functions.
- Sport Executive Pack – $1000
- Premium paint $500
- 15-inch CSA alloy wheels (Ambiente and Trend) – $1007
- 15-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels (Ambiente) – $1377
- 16-inch CSA alloy wheels (Sport) – $1095