Simplicity and versatility had never been so intimately combined. Ranked best among superminis by Autocar Magazine, 2 out of 43 Affordable small cars reviewed by US News and winner of the prestigious Car of the Year Award, the 2013 Ford Fiesta continues in its quest to offer unparalleled appeal, some handy luxury features and outstanding fuel economy at a low price. As it turns out, it's remarkably one of the best ways to downsize without the regret of having to settle for mediocrity.
Available trims for 2013
For 2013, available trims include the “S” which is the base model, “SE” and “Titanium.” The “S,” which starts at around $13900 comes with an air conditioner and a lowly 40-watt speaker system. The “SE” adds Ford's voice-activated Sync system, keyless entry, better sound and a trip computer while the “Titanium” sums it up with alloy rims, LED headlamps, heated mirrors, heated front seats, ambient lighting and a push-start-button. These features make the “Titanium” very practical at just $18000.
No party for back-benchers
For good driving dynamics, well-oriented interior and good fuel economy few cars match up to the 2013 Ford Fiesta, but while front-seat occupants coddle in trend setting head- and leg-room space rear passengers will have little to smile about. This was the only criticism leveled against this car as well as limited boot size, otherwise all interviewed owners were content. This is a car that is not afraid to show what it stands for and its reception in the market was like none other for such a midsized sedan. Even the “bad” bosses did not feel out of class as they drove away their new purchases.
The search for a practical subcompact car had never been so spirited, with the likes of VW Polo, Mazda 2, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Aveo hard at the Fiesta's heels. The ride is composed and very quiet, with a general sense of solidity that is hard to come by in subcompact cars. The engine is no powerhouse though, being a 1.6 liter four-cylinder that delivers 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft of torque, and there are even smaller engines of 1250 cc and 1000 cc. Standard transmission is a five-speed automated manual gearbox and acceleration from zero to 100km/h is in 9.5 seconds. Okay, let's admit it's not a racing car but people interested in this category are hardly interested in performance, just a reliable travelling unit that offers comfort and good mileage at an affordable price. With these in regard therefore, the 2013 Ford Fiesta does not disappoint as well as when it comes to safety. It entails antilock brakes, traction and stability control, blind spot mirror, front, side and knee airbags and a 4 out of 5 ranking by the IIHS. It is also one of the most rewarding cars to drive in its segment, with a refined and smooth ride even at high revolutions. Its superb suspension and responsive steering combines with supple handling to give the car a ride quality with rewarding precision that is nothing short of brilliant.
“If practicality is secondary to style and substance in your book, then Ford Fiesta should be on your shopping list.” – Consumer guide