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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 17 - Ford Fiesta

Updated on September 30, 2008

 

There's nothing really wrong with the Fiesta, but there isn't anything that is absolutely perfect either. For a one and a quarter litre engine, the fuel mileage is very good, but the price does seem just a bit high considering the competition. Although the styling is rather bland, I can appreciate the expanse of glass especially in the rear quarters. If the price could come down by at least 10% this Ford would definitely be a market leader.

 

The Ford Fiesta Hatchback 1.25i 60 Studio 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $13,652.72, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1242 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 94 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 16.9 seconds. The performance factor of 13.2 is above average for its class. The Ford Fiesta Hatchback 1.25i 60 Studio 3 Door returns 65.7 MPG in highway driving, 38.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 52.3. With a fuel tank capacity of 9.9 gallons, the car can travel 650 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 784 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Ford Fiesta Hatchback 1.25i 60 Studio 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 73, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Ford Fiesta Hatchback 1.25i 60 Studio 3 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $16,087.60

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $18,196.60

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $13,652.72

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1242 / 4

Valves • Number of • 16

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 59 / 6000

Torque (lb / ft) • 80

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3950

Overall Width (mm) • 1722

Overall Height (mm) • 1481

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 295

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 979

Turning Radius (m) • 10.2

Towing Capacity (kg) • 500

Curb Weight (kg) • 1098

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 16.9

Top speed (MPH) • 94

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Automatic Traction Control • $300.00

Electronic Stability System • $300.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • $200.00

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Standard Equipment

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Bluetooth Enabled • $225.00

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 38.7

Highway MPG • 65.7

Combined MPG • 52.3

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9.9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 128

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $19.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 47.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $225.00

Maintenance Factor • 30

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $530.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi

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