Ford Fiesta Ecoboost

In my opinion the little Fiesta is one of the most attractive small hatches around.

In my opinion the little Fiesta is one of the most attractive small hatches around.

Now you can seat yourself in a new Fiesta from just €15,750.

For 2014 Ford also have some excellent value special offers and finance packages worth looking at. Check out their website for more on these items. For us I want to see how this neat little car drives!

The styling is simply gorgeous. This has to be one of the most attractive small cars on the market today. Need I say more?

The cabin of the Fiesta is excellent and actually quite contemporary with sweeping lines and a definitely sporty overtone.

The driving position is great and the level of standard equipment as we have come to expect from Ford is very good. I am not going to list everything here but in addition to all the now expected safety features such as ABS, ISOFIX, multiple airbags and so on, the Fiesta boasts some very interesting technologies which merit mention.

The Fiesta range can now be ordered with Active City Stop, a feature which when it senses an impending impact at city traffic speeds will automatically apply the brakes to either reduce the impending impact speed or maybe avoid it altogether.

Auto Start Stop is becoming ever more popular in a bid to reduce emissions and so to it is with the Fiesta. The engine simply stops and starts automatically in traffic saving fuel and reducing emissions.

It also comes with Ford SYNC, which allows smart phones to be connected via Bluetooth and then stream music from your phone to the cars speakers. In addition SYNC automatically connects the cars occupants to the emergency services in the event of an accident.

MYKEY which is standard from the Zetec model up allows the owner to program the cars key with a number of functions such as restricting the cars top speed, reduces the max volume on the stereo, and does not allow safety systems such as ESP to be switched off. Ideal if you are loaning the car to younger less experienced drivers in the family.

The new 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine is the real story of this car. The new 1.0 litre petrol is a 3 cylinder engine with a power output of either 65 PS or 100PS. This new unit is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The cylinder block is so small it would fit on an A4 page! Both engines are direct injection and turbocharged. The new 1.0 is the most fuel efficient engine in its class and of course boasts very low emissions. Both engines fall into the lowest road tax band. Over my road test the Fiesta proved very economical burning just 5.1 litres per 100km. Even more impressive is that its a really perky performer with plenty of gusto.

The Fiesta offers a perfect blend of agile handling with excellent ride quality. furthermore it proves nicely quiet and refined at all speeds.In fact this is a very rewarding little car to drive,

Accomadation is good too with good room for four adults and a decent sized boot for a car in this class. The Fiesta is in my opinion one of the very best small cars on the Irish market, bar none! The 1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engine is superb, offering excellent performance, lowest tax and emissions and its very frugal. In terms of style, practicality and value the new Fiesta is a winner. The 1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol costs from just €16,100.