Ford Fiesta (India) Duratec Petrol – Road test and review

15 Jul



I had test driven the Ford Fiesta 1.6 SXi petrol variant last month and written a detailed review of this awesome vehicle at Mouthshut. As usual, I am just posting the excerpts from that review here.

The Ikon legacy continues

Ford Ikon was a super-successful model in India. To be frank, I haven’t enjoyed driving any other vehicle in India as much as an Ikon (Read about my Ford Ikon experience. The trademark of an Ikon – despite its incompleteness in many build aspects – was its exceptional drivability. It’s a true drivers car and so is the Ford Fiesta!

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The car I chose to test drive as the SXi variant though the sporty S variant was available for test drive as well. Basically, I wanted to feel the family sedan experience as against the sports variant as I presumed that the S variant with low-profile tires will offer bumpy ride.

The following are the highlights of my test drive (more in my detailed review as per the link below)

Major plus points

  • Great to drive car – excellent handling
  • Low turning radius
  • Good features at this price – electric ORVMs, 2-din music system, semi-leather seating, ABS, Airbags
  • Good gear ratios (along with low turning radius makes great city driving)
  • Reasonable mileage and good power for the price

Improvement areas

  • A bit outdated looks
  • Poor plastic quality at places
  • Uncomfortable, straight backseats
  • No alloy wheels
  • Poor tire dimensions

Overall, it’s an exceptional car for the price at which it comes (with all those current discounts) and my rating is 4/5.

For the complete review, please read Ford Fiesta review.

Happy motoring!

One Response to “Ford Fiesta (India) Duratec Petrol – Road test and review”

  1. kenny 06. Sep, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I think this new Fiesta is very nice but it shows how expensive new cars can be…a few years ago these would have run you around $13,000 topped out now they are creeping into midsize sedan price…that will be the deal breaker for most people.

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