Review – 2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift

Posted on: Jun 21, 2014 - 2:39pm IST

Launched in India back in 2011, the New Ford Fiesta was a sales tragedy for the company. As the years went by, and competition became stiffer, the Fiesta found it hard to lure buyers. In fact, Ford India haven’t sold a single unit of the Fiesta this calendar year, whereas Honda has sold about 7,000 Citys each month.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review hood of the car

By repositioning the car to attract only diesel buyers, and with a cosmetic refresh, Ford hopes the refreshed 2014 Fiesta will fare better than its predecessor. Here’s how it fares in our review –

Exteriors:

On the outside, the 2014 Fiesta is much more attractive than its predecessor. The front end brings the Aston Martin inspired grille seen in plenty of other Fords sold abroad, and the headlights are a bit slimmer and sharper looking.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review grille
This grille here gives the Fiesta the character it needs.

Towards the sides, the refreshed Fiesta now gets new 5-spoke alloy wheels, while the rear, redesigned taillights and a tweaked bumper. Also seen on the new Fiesta are two new body colors – Golden Bronze and Smoke Grey. The Kinetic Blue color you see here, may not be offered to customers Ford India informs us.

The refreshed Fiesta is not only a better looking car, but is also more aerodynamic than its predecessor. After spending over 150 hours in the wind tunnel, engineers have reduced the car’s drag coefficient by 3 percent.

Interiors:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review cabin shot
The refreshed Fiesta’s cabin is a step up from the previous car, but quality is not all that great.

Inside, the 2014 Fiesta gets a few updates focussing mainly on its dashboard. The center console, which earlier featured silver inserts, comes in a glossy black shade, while the lower half of the dashboard is now finished in a light beige. The instrument cluster gets ‘icy blue’ readouts, as does the center screen.

The beige seats and door fabrics lend the cabin a fresher look as compared to the all black interiors of the previous model. While the cabin may look better, the touch and build have not improved. Competitors like the Verna, Vento and City easily outpace the Fiesta in terms of quality of materials used.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review rear seat bench
The Fiesta is short on rear legroom.

Also, the Fiesta is not the most spacious rear seat car. Legroom can only be described as adequate, and things could get a bit tight if the front seats were to be occupied by 6-footers. Speaking of the front, the driver’s seat is the best place to be in the new Fiesta thanks to its contoured surfaces which hold the driver snugly.

To sum it up, the 2014 Fiesta’s cabin looks fresher, but lacks the quality of its rivals. Those interested in the rear seat need to look elsewhere.

Features:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review SYNC
The SYNC is smart when it comes to recognizing the Indian accent, but how often will it be used?

The top-end 2014 Fiesta gets automatic headlights, wipers, alloy wheels, SYNC and AppLink, dual airbags, ABS and EBD, electric wing mirrors, foglights, engine starter button and keyless entry. Even the base Fiesta comes with a driver-side airbag, ABS and EBD as standard.

The SYNC and AppLink system is more a marketing centerpiece than a feature. The voice recognition works almost flawlessly, though we don’t imagine owners to be patient enough to wait for the audio prompt of the system.

As for the AppLink feature, currently, the ecosystem consists of only a MapMyIndia app and a CricInfo app. The system is still in its native stage, and we don’t think Indian customers are going to be amused by it yet.

Engine and Gearbox:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review engine
The diesel engine makes an additional 1 PS of power.

The refreshed Fiesta will be offered only with a diesel engine. The same 1.5-liter four-cylinder TDCi unit is carried over from the pre-facelifted model and produces 91 PS and 204 Nm of torque (up from 90 PS). The recalibrated engine and reduced drag of the car improve the fuel efficiency to 25.01 km/l (up from 23.05 km/l), second only to the Honda City.

Ford’s diesel engines are not about outright power, but focus more on drivability. That pretty much sums up the characteristics of the Fiesta’s diesel motor. You may not be thrust back into your seat while accelerating the car, but, the Fiesta can easily be driven in third gear from speeds as low as 10 km/h.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review front angle shot
The diesel engine scores a good balance between performance and drivability.

There is some amount of turbolag to be found below 2,000 rpm, but even when the Fiesta is off boost, it is possible to get a move on without the need to downshift a gear. Once the turbo kicks in, the Fiesta builds pace quickly, but not as quick as the Verna or the Vento/Rapid. The spec sheet has the answer to why – the Fiesta makes 204 Nm of torque as compared to the Verna’s 265 Nm and the Vento’s 250 Nm. The Fiesta is best driven when the engine is constantly kept on the boil (between 2,000-4,000 rpm).

Coming to the gearbox, the 5-speed manual works perfectly and the gear lever feels positive to use. The clutch travel on the Fiesta is one of the shortest in its segment which only enables in faster gearchanges.

Ride and Handling:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review cornering
The Fiesta is all about handling and dynamics.

Ford engineers have struck the right balance between ride and handling. The ride quality, though not as good as the Sunny, feels rather comfortable even over bad stretches of roads. However, more attention is paid to the handling of the car as the sedan is all about handling and driving finesse.

The chassis of the Fiesta especially, is fine tuned for twisty roads and compels you to drive in a sporty manner. The more you push the car through the bends, the more you realize its fantastic grip levels. Even when taking corners at triple digit speeds, the Fiesta’s tires did not protest, nor did the car remotely understeer.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review steering

The electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) completes the driving and dynamics package of the car beautifully. Ford has probably got the steering system bang on in this segment. While the City, Verna and Vento have a light steering, the Linea’s steering is always heavy, even at parking speeds. The Fiesta’s meanwhile strikes the perfect balance by offering the lightness needed at city speeds, and the heaviness at highway speeds.

Brakes and Safety:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review wheel
All variants get ABS, EBD and driver side airbag.

The Fiesta comes equipped with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The brakes on the Fiesta have more than adequate stopping power and the brake pedal pressure gives a reassuring feel.

Ford is offering a driver airbag, ABS and EBD as part of the standard kit, while the top-end variant gets a passenger airbag along with Ford’s Emergency Assistance System. The system, which dials emergency services, can save a few precious moments should you’ve an unfortunate accident.

Fuel Efficiency:

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review efficiency

Ford claims an ARAI rated 25.01 km/l for the Fiesta. Under normal driving conditions in city traffic with a bit of highway roads, the Fiesta managed an impressive 18.1 km/l, while a bit of spirited driving saw it return nearly 17 km/l.

Verdict:

The pre-facelifted Fiesta did not figure in the buying list of any C-Segment prospect, so Fiesta facelift has to start from scratch.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift Review front quarters
At its new prices, the Fiesta is hard to ignore.

Here are the negatives of the Fiesta first. The sedan is not all that spacious inside, nor are the interiors as premium or well built as compared to the Honda City, the current benchmark in the segment. Moreover the engine performance is not as enthusiastic as the Hyundai Verna or the VW Vento.

The Fiesta’s weaknesses fly away when you come up to a corner. The car undeniably outshines anything you’ve ever driven for its price, and emerges as the driver’s car in the group. The steering and chassis respond outstandingly to your inputs and you no longer care about the poorly fitting door handle or the reply from the voice recognition.

Priced at 7.69 – 9.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the refreshed Fiesta undercuts all its competitors, and can no longer be ignored by its target customer. Where the Fiests lacks, it makes up for in driving dynamics, and now surprisingly, with its price!

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16 thoughts on “Review – 2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift

  1. Carguy says:

    The kinetic blue colour may be made available if Ford hopefully introduces the 1 litre EcoBoost as one of the engine options. It’s so strange that Ford continues to shy away from launching the Fiesta hatchback with the EcoBoost engine, when Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20 have been selling in good numbers for many years.

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  2. Harsha says:

    Hi Anjan, When you compare the diesel engine performance, how would you rate it when compared to the Honda City i-dtec?? Also I’m a well built person and 6ft 2 inches tall.. Would I feel cramped at the front seats?

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    1. Anjan Ravi says:

      Hi Harsha,

      The Fiesta diesel feels more powerful to drive than the City diesel. The front seats should be accommodating for your height, but I do suggest you take a test drive of the car.

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  3. atul says:

    the interiors are quite good looking do not know about the
    earlier customers have told about the fuel efficieny of even 23kmpl on long stretches driving at constant speeds of 90 – 100
    this is really very good
    nvh levels are much better than the likes of vento and city sedans

    they should have also provided a more varient featuring rear ac vents and rear view camera
    earlier a storage space was given under the co driver seat i do not know wether they have given it now or not
    it also has puddle lapms and interior ambient lighting
    nice
    but 1 more varient could have been better

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  4. atul says:

    i think they must have given the car with projection lamps
    rear view camera rear ac vents bottle holders

    they should have worked more on the armrest the hinges are easily visble in almost all the photos
    i do not know wether they have provided with rear bottle holders
    thankfully they have given rear reading light which the earlier car was devoid off.

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  5. GB says:

    Anjan, Does this diesel motor also get the battery recharging alternators that engage only during engine braking, like on the ecoboost? thx.

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    1. Anjan Ravi says:

      Hi GB,

      No it doesn’t. In fact, apart from a mild retune to increase engine power by 1 PS, there are no changes to the powertrain.

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  6. Ayyappan says:

    ” The Kinetic Blue color you see here, may not be offered to customers Ford India informs us. ”

    >>> Would be extremely disappointed if this turns out to be true. The Kinetic Blue looked absolutely striking on the Fiesta and would be a suicidal step on part of Ford if they decide to discontinue the same.

    I’d still feel that the facelift would struggle to appeal to the family audience because of the cramped interiors Vs City/ Sunny/ Verna.

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  7. bharani says:

    decent review but

    the interior as well as exterior build quality of the honda city is filmsy & cheap not to mention the poor ride quality. To consider honda city as a benchmark is a joke. I think indianautosblog can do better.
    I can say this as there is a honda city in my home and a ford classic.

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  8. priyanku says:

    yes the review was good! enjoyed reading it.

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