To say the previous Ford Fiesta ST was a popular car is like saying Elvis quite liked his food or Donald Trump’s a bit of an opinion-splitter. The Mk7 Fiesta was hugely acclaimed by critics and owners alike so the pressure on the Ford Performance development team has been huge. Ford Fiesta ST-3 Price: £21,495 Make the new one anything other than wonderful and there’ll be some very awkward questions asked. At least they had a strong base to work with. The standard Fiesta is a great little car to chuck around while being a far more mature and better model than the previous one. All the obvious strengths of the regular car such as its much-improved interior have been carried across while for the ST the engineers have been busy at work refining the stuff we don’t see. The press pack is full of enough jargon to make anyone’s head spin – “force vectoring springs” “torque vectoring control” “RC1 valve technology” – … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Fiesta ST review: the complete package
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The blurb gushes “Delivers SUV appeal” for Ford’s new Fiesta Active crossover, which is on sale now from about £17,795. Frankly it doesn't look as though it could tackle much more than a leafy drive, but Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe's marketing boss, reckons this car's slightly higher driving position and exterior plastic cladding compared with the standard hatchback will be enough to give it at least 10 per cent of all Fiesta sales, which makes my head hurt. De Waard has been through a similar contemplation and tells an allegorical tale of the early BMX bikes styled with a fuel tank-like cross member on the frame. He says this bicycle-aping-motorbike thing caused a backlash. "Buyers wanted a BMX, not a bike that looked like something else," he says. "It's the same with this market." What this indicates is that "SUV appeal" is a thing and involves higher seating and unique styling, but not necessarily more robust construction … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta Active review: will excellent dynamics make it a surprise hit?
The All-new Ford Fiesta has some pretty big shoes to fill. Launched late last year, it replaces a model which raised the benchmark for the supermini class and topped monthly sales charts in the UK right to the end of its run. Bigger, more refined and with more equipment than ever – but also costing more money – can the new model pick up where the old one left off against a stronger field including the excellent SEAT Ibiza and the highly competitive Hyundai i20? Early signs are positive. After a short absence the Fiesta is back at the top of the SMMT sales charts. Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.0 Ecoboost 100PS Price: £17,795 (£20,065 as tested) Taking a leaf out of the premium manufacturers’ playbook, the key word for the Fiesta’s external look is evolution, not revolution. It’s still instantly recognisable as a relation of the old car and it’s not instantly obvious what the changes are – although you notice something is different. It’s … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta review: is petrol or diesel the supermini pick?
Crossover hatchbacks are an interesting invention, as they merge the compactness of hatchbacks to SUV-like body styles. Given Indian buyers' penchant for all things SUV we've seen a number of such cars get launched in the recent past, and the newest one to join the bandwagon is the Ford Freestyle. The car also marks the debut of Ford's brand new 1.2-litre three cylinder petrol engine and new 5-speed manual transmission. What is it like to drive? Read on to find out. Ford tells us the Freestyle deserves the tag of an all-new car given the changes to it inside out over the Figo, despite what its design might suggest Is it just a hopped-up Figo? Not really. The design might suggest so but Ford tells us the Freestyle is almost entirely new. The front end looks similar to the Figo's but look closely and you'll notice the difference in the detailing of the headlights. The new grille looks more distinctive, though the biggest visual differentiators up front are the C-shaped surrounds for the … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Freestyle first drive review
We test a lot of fancy, complicated cars here at Autoblog. Most of the cars that come in are high-trim with as many options as possible. That's why it was rather refreshing when Hyundai sent us its new Accent in the most basic possible form, the Accent SE. It's the bottom of the Accent line starting at $15,880. There are no options available when building one out on Hyundai's website, and according to the window sticker, the only extra added to it was a set of carpeted floor mats. The only potential problem with such a basic car is that there's nothing to make up for a poor driving experience. Thankfully, that's not the case with the Accent. It's a strong value that offers a comfortable and even sometimes fun driving experience. It even provides just enough features to not feel like a total penalty box. Elantra looks that aren't too far out of proportion. Appealing to this editor was the manual transmission, which is only available on this bare-bones trim.The interior feels about as … [Read more...] about 2018 Hyundai Accent First Drive Review | Simply good at under $16 grand