Very nice and fast. Would be interesting to see it against a Swift. I don’t like the front of it very much because it isn’t very aggressive but all round it looks like a good little package.
Absolutely no contest, just because a swift corners quite well does not make it a sports car, your quicker in a Kia. Swift sports are way over-rated, used to own one for a few months (brother moved OS) was way too slow so sold it off
You can have more kW in a Kia, but the power-to-weight ratio in the Swift is better, meaning you are quicker in the Swift.
That is very interesting. I always thought the Swift sport was very fast.
My 2007 Fiesta ST/XR4 is much faster than a swift, no doubt a Turbo ST will be even quicker. The ST fiesta’s are amazing, pirrelli tyres, loud engines, leather seats, and puts a lot of higher priced cars to shame in terms of speed and cornering.
I struggle to understand why ford don’t sell twice as many of these fiestas here in aus. They are alot nicer then the Mazda 2 and yaris.
I drove a ’10 Zetec, had reasonable expectations of it cause it’s such a good looking car, but I just wasn’t impressed. The brake pedal was borderline scary, the gear stick had no feel at all, the felt like it had grip but just had no idea what it was doing.
I’ve only driven the one but it wasn’t very old and didn’t have a huge number of km’s on it.
I drove a base fiesta for 4 months through South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Nambia at the end of 2011. It was amazing, we took this thing on terrible dirt ‘roads’, through water, 150kph on highways, zipping through cities. I was amazed how much this car could put up with!
(We did manage to destroy two rear shocks, one snapped in half. But we were talking it on terrain that it was in no way built for).
When I get back to Australia I will be very interesting in buying one.
Videos of our car:
I struggle to understand why someone would buy a Yaris, full stop.
Not everyone after performance, mate! Yaris are bought by young drivers; pensioners and fleet operators such as couriers and pizza deliverers for the following:-
1. Perceived Toyota Reliability;
2. $130.00 capped price servicing;
3. Every relative had bought one and recommended it.
4. Toyota’s focus on volume sales
I love point 2. What a convenience! Pay THE SAME amount as it costs to service a Fiesta, but with the added INCONVENIENCE of having to bring your car in for servicing every 6 months, instead of 12 with the Fiesta! How awesome!
That was a nice Burn!
Hahaha what a pain in the a*#e to have to take your car in fir servicing every 6 months. Can they not make an engine that can last any longer without an oil change? $130.00 capped priced servicing, but every 6 months add to the same if not more than the Fiesta’s 12 month. A Yaris is a granny car and it looks and drives like one too. Obviously you have made the mistake of buying one and are now trying to defend your purchase
My eyes are burning from the previous indecent exposure of Bentley SUV.. thank to this car they can now see again.
It’s a year away… eternity in the automotive scene. And no auto option? What were they thinking?
Even Suzuki think 70% of the new Swift Sport will be the auto version.
In Australia yes, but these cars are developed primarily for the European market, where the Polo GTi is suffering by VW’s moronic decision to only offer an auto.
It is? Then why such long waits for Polos Gtis (and Skoda Fabia RS) in Europe and here? They can’t build them dfast enough
I guess the waiting list in Europe is because they are all destined for Australia. I live 6 months of the year in Europe (Italy, Germany and UK) and I’m yet to see a Polo GTi on the road.
Buy a Cooper S…. or buy this AND an overseas holiday!!! Bargain
Can’t wait! Should look smashing in white!
18months LOL… Waaay behind the competition sorry ford.. still following
What Ford are simply doing is waiting for the outcome of the Clio 4 RS and Peugeot GTI.
It’s the only explanation I can think of. This Fiesta has been in development for what? One year now?
Ford are playing an interesting game here waiting to take the crown off Renault Sport’s RS200, that I doubt they will and will still be outclassed with the Clio 4 if Renault don’t screw it up.
Interesting and great competition for the buyers, but I know which one I will end up buying…
Ford can’t market or product plan for s#ite even if their life dependent on it… wait, Falcon’s life depended on it and that’s why it’s going to the grave. And now they are offering us wanna be Aston cars, at least at the front. Way to go.
question isn’t the polo gti developed almost the same/equivalent kilowatt with their 1.4 litre engine?
I highly recommend people to stay away from the 1.4 TSI Turbo and Super charged engine.
There are an alarming issues concerning the piston rings.
Search for your selfs.
question: isn’t the polo gti have the same kilowatt in their 1.4 engine?
Yes but it explodes quite a bit
Looks hot, i would have one
Explodes? is this because of their complexity with turbo and supercharged engine?
Yep issues with the piston rings.
Maybe thats why VW has canned that Turbo / Super charged setup.
It hasn’t Mr One Eyed Renault Owner :)
You cant drive more than 20 minutes every day without seeing a VW explode, it’s quite commonplace you know. I learn everything I need to know from the comments on blog sites and I am much smarterer for it.
I would prefer a Mazda 2 MPS. The fiesta is a bit to fussy and try hard at the end of the day.
By the time the fiesta does come out though we might be able to buy a Polo in Australia??
I’ll buy this in a five door if they make it.
We will only get a 5 door
Most likely but who says? Would make more sense to make this the only 3-door offering though.
18 months then god knows how long before you take delivery, the wait is too long!!!
Good effort but the KIA Rio SLS looks better.
25k…and the rest. I bet a nicely specced one will be at least 30k on the road.
I’m glad they built it but I struggle to see why it took Ford 4 1/2 years to develop the ST. VW brought out the GTi Polo at a similar time to the normal one, and Suzuki brought out the Swift Sport after around 18 months. I just hope they bring the 3-door out to Aus, with all of the European tech that we usually miss out on. Can’t wait for the Focus ST either.
Japanese gone~ Wellcome back European hot hatch~
I want one , please someone buy me one!
Miagi can you explain to me how the Falcon is ‘going to the grave’ when no official statement has been made yet? Stop reading ‘Wheels Magazine’ (which as always been a Commodores mag in disguise) and look a the facts. Ford recently got a $107m grant which mostly came from Ford U.S for research and development (which is exactly the same as what they’ve done for years) yet Holden want $300m solely from us, the taxpayer and people go on about Falcon being in trouble?? yeah right, going off that info alone, I would say the Commodore is in more trouble.
Not to mention that Ford U.S are still looking for the platform to go under the gen Mustang, and the ONLY car in the Ford world which is suitable is our Falcon platform, so logically speaking if Ford really wanted to streamline things, they would keep Falcon, make it global (maybe even as a Lincoln) and share certain parts/aspects with the Mustang.
Ah, the excuses. So now that excuses like the FG update, Ecolpi and Ecoboost have been shown to have no effect on Falcoone sales other than to continue to sales decline, the new excuse is the saviour in Falcoone’s platform being used for Lincolns/Mustang?
If Falcoone’s platform/parts was used for Mustang/Lincoln, how will that boost sales for the real Falcoone in Australia?
In the unlikely event that Ford did use some of the Falcoones design, they won’t be using bits manufactured in Australian – they’ll take the design back to the USA and make it there. The Australian factorys will close down. The best you’ll get for Falcoone is a imported car that may still carrying over some bits of the Falcoone’s design – but you probably won’t even get that as a rebadged Taurus is most likely.
I still don’t know where your information comes from, the ONLy people who have said that the Falcon is dead are the magazines (who have been wrong an many occaisions) Ford Australia, nor the parent company have said yes or no either way, so how could anyone else possibly know? Gimme a break. Simple fact is that if Falcon goes so too will Crumbledore, one cannot survive without the other. And if Ford U.S do can the Falcon then we will be losing the best car this country has ever seen, regardless of what the sales figures say.
Anyone will a basic business sense will tell you Falcoone is dead.
Crummer will die too, what difference does that make to Falcoone? Both will die.
Australia has seen a lot of cars…….how ridiculous to say Falcoone is the best car Australia has ever seen.
And one more point, Holden have been testing a large, front drive Buick here in Australia, whereas Ford U.S have been testing an FG in the U.S for months. Testing a car that according to people such as yourself, is dead and almost buried seems a little strange don’t you think?
Wow, that’s a valid point.
There’s actually a man in town here testing a 1960s Cadillac Deville convertable too……he must be planning to put them back in production.
You’ve inspired me to re-read the WHEELS piece. Quoting from it is unnecessary, as no one knows his stuff more than Peter Robinson. Suffice to say, I think it’s what you would read if you wanted to know the full deal without getting caught up in hearsay and histrionics. So why wouldn’t you?
I know my last post was off topic, but I am getting fed up with all this speculation, and people claiming that they ‘know’ what Falcons future is.
It’s common business sense. Unpopular and unprofitable products get discontinued.
Once again, that is incorrect, Ford Australia have repeatedly said that the Falcon is still a profitable vehicle.
When was that?
Was it in 2003 when they managed 74,000 sales?
2005 when they managed 54,000?
2007 when they managed 33,000?
Or how about 2011 when they managed just 18,000 sales.
I have a 2007 Fiesta XR4/ST, amazing car, smashes anything in it’s weight range and can also punch a little above as well. It turns heads constantly, I’m always asked by strangers if its got turbo, I say nope, then roar away from the lights. So I cannot imagine how awesome this car will be with Turbo.
My only issue is, with regards to my model, parts cost a FORTUNE! this is one f*cking expensive car to maintain, the 07/08 models never really took off in Australia, therefore no one stocked any spare parts, everything has to be ordered in from the UK. So before getting one, I’d wait to see how popular they are.
Will not buy a 4 door Fiesta!! If it’s not coming in the three door its not happening!