Is the Mild hybrid Fiesta ST-Line any good?
Just a quick article regarding the latest mild hybrid Fiesta from Ford. These are just my thoughts, drop yours in the comments below!
"epic small hatchback"
The latest shape fiesta has changed hugely since the MK7 Shape. We now have sleeker smoother lines and full LED strips around the headlights. The car has a gloss black front upper grill but sadly not the front lower. Which is annoying as seems half heart effort when it comes to the finished product. On the Zetec model or the titanium they are chrome. However at least Ford have started painting some of the horrendous unpainted plastics. The rear end of the car is quite bubbly looking as most of the curves go inwards creating the illusion that it is smaller. The rear brake lights curve around the edge of the rear quarter which is a nice modern touch bringing this MK8 Fiesta levels above the previous generation.
This particular car I had access to is the ST-Line, which means it has the sporty look but is NOT a ST!! Which as a car salesman I get people all day everyday "oh don't buy that its a fast one" no matter what you saying there is no way you can talk a old Doris into believing you. On the ST-Line we get ST-Line wing badges and a choice of two wheels. Powder coated grey ones as seen in the image or you can opt for the machined faced alloys. ST-Line also gives you a large rear roof spoiler which really helps the model stand out from the more common zetecs. The front bumper has straighter edges and harsher corners making the car look more aggressive. All round from the outside the car looks great!
WHAT IS IT LIKE INSIDE?
Soon as you open the door you see the car has a ST-Line door strip on it, only a small touch but adds to the feel. Looking at the seats you have black cloth with red stitching matching the ST-Line badge and the paint work. The seats are soft and have a nice spongy cushion with a good amount of adjustment. Once you are sat down you have the leather steering wheel finished with black leather and red stitching yet again all tying in. They have thought about it a lot. Ford even gave us a fake carbon-fibre looking trim that runs around the new speedos and dash board like some of your more expensive alternatives. The gear leather is also black leather with red stitching as well which Ford never used to do.
The car has a lot of great extras such as lane keeping aid, built in Sat-Nav, auto lights and auto wipers, rear parking sensors. With most of your run of the mill bits like blue-tooth handfree, push button start, air conditioning, epic heated front windscreen.
It is nippy, won't beat your local boy racers though. The power is nice and linear not a sudden urge from the turbo. Car handles really well especially on the Michelin tyres. It is super comfortable to sit in and everything inside is ergonomically well placed making it a driving pleasure. You can't hear a great deal of road noise either which adds to it being comfortable for everyday use or longer journeys.
Why is it not 5 stars?
The car is not five stars as I think they should have painted the other plastics on the front end gloss black not just the upper grill. I also think that they brakes would be nice if they were red to match from factory on the ST-Line range as it would link all the little details together.
Let me know your opinions and or any feedback below?