Hello Guys, been really busy and so no time to post. But I’m back and boy am I back. Getting back to the TD, I had the car for more than 3hrs with me and so I got a chance to do a detailed photo shoot. As the car arrived at my office I took it for a small spin.
Ok, I cranked the engine and the car started with almost no noise. Now, I got a little mischievous and tried revving it. And after 4k rpm there was a swrill sound and absolutely no vibration inside. I took out the car on the road, and started driving at a decent speed. WOW was the first impression. Great driving pleasure and seating position. The steering-wheel was so comfy to hold. I enquired with the sales guy whether the steering was adjustable (we like to push the envelope you see). Sniggering, he assisted me and suddenly I had this gorgeous cockpit like view in front of me with the dials right where I want them.
From what I noticed the car is very torquey and responsive. The gear shift is butter smooth and has a short shift feel. When you change the gear, you can feel it getting locked in the position, and there’s zero vibration in the gear. This appeals to my gentle sensibilities and the torque takes care of the beast in me!! (Wonder why they don’t call it the beautiful beast?!)
Its a great feeling to drive the car with absolute and clear visibility of the roads. The interior is lavish full black and grey (somehow I didn’t like the beige interior, too much Ralph Lauren in my wardrobe I think!!). After sometime we landed (yes, that’s the word dear reader, it feels like flying an airplane so far!) at the Bandra reclamation, the mecca of sweet clean stretches of road and I wanted to feel the full extent of the car’s power, basically get my speed fix. I stopped the car to a side, shifted to 1st gear and floored it. It went “Wooosh” (or something similar) and let me describe the rest as it happened –
– the car revved happily till the 6k rpm mark
– I released the clutch. The car screeched a little and sped ahead
– I could still feel the pull, the sheer rush coursing through my veins
– All I remember after that is somewhere, in a matter of nanoseconds, I shifted to 2nd at 50kph, 3rd in 80kph and 4th somewhere around 120ish…..ohhhh sweet heaven
– Mercy, mercy, I hugged the ends of the road and then slowed down at the dead-end to take a U-turn, and wow, in no time the car touched 0-100!!
All this while I was testing out the speeds and rpm to rpm gear shifts which was no-doubt positive (seems i was drag racing with myself, hehehehe). The car holds up the road at high speeds and you can hear the zig-zig-zig-zig gripping sound from the tyres. Thanks to the 15inchers, cornering and traction has been improved than the previous Fiesta. And yes, the suspensions are stiffer. Even at a slight turn on good speeds the car does not drag from the rear.
I was happily enjoying the drive and going through my mental checklist wondering if I’d missed anything critical and then…suddenly I realized, what about the braking?? If this thing can fly beautifully, its gotta land safely too!! I tried braking at about 60km (knowing there’s no-one in the back seat waiting to launch themselves through the windshield), the car just slowed without any skid or slide, thanks to the ABS. Man this thing is intelligent! if I’d braked that hard on my Maruti Esteem it would have slid right outta my control.
I reached the main-road and simply zipped through the regular traffic. The car handles very well and is easy to control while zipping through traffic, something that I really appreciate since I’m somehow always behind time on those urgent meetings that keep popping up, not to mention the dates I’ve been late for! Well this baby is gonna floor them (the gals) and get you there on time for the movie!
All this while I was thinking if the car has so much power and quick response and so much torque the Fuel Efficiency would be disappointing. So dreading the outcome i looked at the ODO, now I had already driven the car more than 14km with high rev’s, traffic and even floored it twice, still the fuel indicator moved just a bit. I’m told the FE would be somewhere in 9.5-11kmpl in the city, now this sounds great power with durability with style with…well you get it.
Over-all my opinion is that the car is speedy and fast, the more important factor is the FEEL you get while driving. I can vouch for the fact that the Ford Fiesta 1.6S is designed & engineered for sheer driving pleasure, though the A –pillar obstruction was an issue here too.
I’d suggest you go take a test drive, it’s a better way of getting high on a weekend J
The upholstery and plastics are of very good quality, the dash-board feel is soft and the material used is very nice, over-all fit and finish is A+, not like the ikon which had full molded plastically interiors. The 1.6S standard comes with 15inch alloys and 195/55/R15 GoodYear Tubeless tyres, there is a lot of cup-holders for keeping glass/bottles. The Programmable key-less entry can be programmed into opening only the driver’s side door/ passenger doors/ all 4 doors, as you wish.
Also the feature is on the key itself cutting out the extra remote control dangling along with the key (and becoming unwieldy in your jacket pocket). The steering height is adjustable, all four side power-windows, knob controlled OVRM mirror’s. The FE has a petrol cap release button, unlike the ikon’s which were always open. The bonnet opener is on the passenger side left-bottom.
In short, the car is power-packed with good features. This was the overall experience with the car. Anything else I remember will be posted in the thread (when the blood hopefully returns to my head!) I hope this solves many of the queries posted. If I had the money I would definitely own this car. It’s sporty, sexy and fast, and the colors options are nice, but then if wishes were horses….or should I say if wishes were the New Ford FE 1.6S…