2017 Ford Fiesta

Ever since the Ford Fiesta was released onto the market, it has surprised many, many people.  This includes myself.  The Ford Fiesta is practical, cheap, efficient, and fun.  If you opt for the Ford Fiesta ST, you get one of the most potent and surprising pocket rocket’s you can buy, and people love them.

For the 2017 Ford Fiesta, the little economical hatch is getting a makeover.  The next generation Ford Fiesta has a lot up its sleeve, and I really hope it lives up to the standards and impressions the previous one gave its owners.  The Ford Fiesta also makes for a fantastic first car, and offers owners a chance to learn how to drive a manual transmission.

The manual transmission offers drivers a chance to be less distracted when they drive, since teens would be more focused on shifting rather than texting.

The 2017 Ford Fiesta is a bit larger than the previous version (wheelbase is .2 inches longer…I mean it when I say a bit) and it gets a classic remodelling.  

So the Ford Fiesta proved itself over the years, but does this new one have what it takes as well?  

The Exterior-2017 Ford Fiesta:

2017 Ford Fiesta

It’s a cute little face, isn’t it?  The previous generation Ford Fiesta has sharper ends to its eyes, but those are gone for the 2018 Ford Fiesta.  The nose is a bit more prominent here as well, with the car sporting the classic Aston-Martin-like grille.

The lines of the car overall are much softer and more friendly, which is fitting for the character of the 2018 Ford Fiesta.

2017 Ford Fiesta

The rear end of the 2017 Ford Fiesta is slimmed down since the previous version, with a slightly more sharp appearance.  It looks as practical as it is, and enjoys driving around getting you from point A to point B.

The Interior-2017 Ford Fiesta:

2017 Ford Fiesta -interior

The interior of small commuter cars have always been abysmal.  They’re usually after thought’s for the designers, but you can see that the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a completely different story.  

The outgoing Ford Fiesta model’s interior was tacky, and quickly looked old and suitable in a pre-owned lot.  This new one is much, much better.

While the whole tablet thing coming out of the center console is getting to be a bit overused, it is suitable here.  Plus, I’m sure just gluing a screen to the center dash is pretty cost effective for Ford.  

Past that, the interior is very well laid out.  The air vent shape and placement makes the whole interior look much more professional and clean.

The honeycomb pattern on the seats that you can get with high trim levels add to an unexpected upscale appearance for the interior that is very welcome in this segment.  

The previous generation of the Ford Fiesta tried to be too futuristic looking and looked cheap.  This new one makes me happy for the future of subcompact cars.

On this example, you can see read accents dotted around the cabin in a conservative way that isn’t overdone or tacky looking. This is something you’d find in much more expensive performance vehicles, which makes me happy to see it done correctly on a smaller car.

The 2017 Ford Fiesta will seat five passengers like the current model does, However it is not designed for five adults to take a road trip together.  As the nature of the subcompact segment is, space in the back is a bit cramped.  

Gone are the days of cheap plastics dominating dashboards making the whole interior look like a dollar store toy.  Ford did a phenomenal job with the 2017 Ford Fiesta interior.  On top of looking great, Ford says the new interior will feature sound-deadening technology for a quieter, more serene experience in the 2017 Ford Fiesta.  The chassis will also be stiffer for the new model year.

The Performance:

Here is where we can talk about the future Ford Fiesta ST.  The standard 2017 Ford Fiesta will utilize a baby 1.0 L turbocharged three cylinder engine that will deliver a pretty impressive 158 horsepower (good for a 15 HP boost over the current generation).  Along with that engine, we should see a reworked version of the 1.6 L four cylinder for some trim levels.  

To shift the Fiesta into gear, you can get a standard 6 speed manual transmission and an optional 6 speed automatic.

There will be a number of variants that European customers will be getting that United States customers won’t be getting, such as a small crossover and a luxurious trim level called Vignale.

The new 2017 Ford Fiesta will also be getting a host of new technology that really puts the Fiesta in a new category.

New technology for the 2017 Ford Fiesta includes pedestrian tracking, adaptive cruise control, park assist, blind spot warning, forward collision monitoring and lane keep assists.  

I love to see technology trickle down to cheaper cars like we see here.  It’s lovely to know that new drivers and people on a tight budget can get all the tech without out the tag.

Now for the ST, it will feature a new engine in the likes of a 1.5 L four cylinder turbocharged engine that will produce 197 horsepower and 213 pound feet of torque.  The Ford Fiesta ST will also get new drive modes in the likes of normal, sport and track.  Very creative stuff.

The Specs-2017 Ford Fiesta:

Vehicle Type: Sub Compact/Hatchback
Power Plant: 1.0L 3-cyl. Turbo / 1.5L 3-cyl. Turbo (Est)
Gearbox: 6-speed auto , 6-speed manual (est.)
Power: 158 – 197 HP
MPG: 38 Highway, 28 City (est.)
Torque: 150 – 213 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 171 Inches (4.3 Meters) (est.)
Width: 68 Inches (1.72 Meters) (est.)
Height: 58 Inches (1.47 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 120 MPH (197 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5
Wheelbase: 99 Inches (2.5 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 8.7 Sec. – 7.0 (est.)
Base Price: $13,600-$21,100 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

I am excited for this car.  The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST will be great, and better than the previous version.  In any configuration, it looks great and I’m happy to see the evolution.

 

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