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Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi

ECONOMY DRIVER (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

If you think all the current droning on about fuel economy and emissions is boring, try Ford's Fiesta 1.5 TDCi. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 66

If you find the automotive industry's current obsession with fuel economy, exhaust emissions and generally appearing to be greener than the Amazon rain forest an ideal cure for insomnia, then Ford's frugal diesel Fiesta, the 1.5 TDCi, may not be your kind of car. Efficiency-minded families though will prick up their ears at the thought of 88.3mpg combined cycle and a CO2 return of just 82g/km.

Backgroundword count: 185

Most people would agree that the moves being made by the automotive industry to clean up its act are important and largely laudable. Whether more could be being done and to what degree the car companies behind this drive to protect the planet are motivated by profit are moot points. Things are moving in a positive direction and cars like the Fiesta 1.5 TDCi claim to be in the vanguard. While we wait for hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, ethanol, chip fat, fermented onions or some other alternative to step convincingly into the breach currently occupied by fossil fuels, cars like the Fiesta 1.5 TDCi diesel are arguably amongst the best options we have. They're small, light and aerodynamic so they can be powered effectively by small, economical engines. The problem is that so many of them are so boring. We all want cars that are affordable and economical but wouldn't it be nice if they were fun too? This desire for some excitement to get our teeth into as a side order with our green vehicles could play into this Fiesta diesel model's hands.

Driving Experienceword count: 182

The 1.5-litre TDCi engine in this Fiesta won't induce goosebumps when you plant the throttle, but it's reasonably punchy (even with just 85PS on tap) and it doesn't sound too gruff. As usual with a Fiesta, the best bit though is the chassis. Ford has a shining reputation for the driving dynamics of its cars and the Fiesta remains pretty near the pick of the back. It feels alive and fast in its responses, cornering with barely a flicker of body roll and more grip than the diesel engine could hope to overcome. Despite the Fiesta's infectious verve through the bends, it still manages to deliver a compliant ride when cruising, the suspension dancing over the lumps and knobbles of the surface. Some rivals are fractionally more comfortable, but there still isn't a supermini that's better to drive in its mainstream form than the Fiesta. There's a deftness to the way this car responds, an agility to the way it nips around the bends that no other small car can quite match. Rest to 62mph occupies 12.5s on the way to 108mph.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

11.2

14.4

Combined mpg:

78.5

88.3

Extra urban mpg:

88.3

94.2

Height (mm):

1495

Length (mm):

3969

3982

Max Speed (mph):

104

112

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Small Runabouts

Performance
60%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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