The new Fiesta is finally out and so far we do have a positive opinion about it. Yes, there are a lot of things which are pinching us, but well, one cannot have everything. The single biggest problem is the absence of a petrol engine!
The Fiesta has always been about a potent petrol mill, making it a great driver’s car. A 91PS of power and 204Nm of torque, well seems decent enough for day to day commuting, but where’s the snazziness Fiesta has always been for?
So, if you wanted to know what has changed on the spec front on the new Fiesta vis-a-vis the older one, here is the list and specs of both the cars.
2014 Fiesta vs Old Fiesta:
|Specification||New Ford Fiesta||Old Ford Fiesta (diesel)|
|Engine||1.5L TDCi 8V SOHC||1.5L TDCi 8V SOHC|
|L×B×H (in mm)||4320×1764×1486||4291×1722×1496|
|Transmission||5 speed manual||5 speed manual|
|Wheel Size||195/60 R15||195/60 R15|
|Airbags||All variants||All variants|
|ABS||All variants||All variants|
|Price range (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 7.69 lakhs to Rs 9.29 lakhs||Rs 8.99 to 9.99 lakhs|
The new 2014 Fiesta is longer, wider and slightly shorter in length as compared to the outgoing one but has the same sized wheelbase. It churns out a negligible 1 extra PS of power output and same peak torque.
The various engine tinkerings have resulted in an increased fuel efficiency output and the new 2014 Fiesta, at 25.1kmpl ARAI rated, is only next to City’s 26kmpl in this segment. Ford has also increased the fuel tank capacity by 3 liters to stock more fuel.
But the major difference is the pricing and simplified variants of the new car. The older Fiesta was offered in Style and Titanium+ variants (for diesel). The new 2014 Fiesta gets a new base Ambient variant which ensures a low starting price, lesser by 1.3 lakhs. They have also discontinued the top of the line Titanium+ variant and in comes the lesser Titanium variant which is priced Rs 70,000 cheaper.
So, things have definitely improved in terms of pricing and placement of the car. And going by Fiesta’s traditional record of offering very good ride quality, we are up for some real interesting battle in the segment. But the EcoBoost would have made things more luring, for sure!