Drew Dowdell

Interactive Review: 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatch SES

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Interactive Review:

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatch SES

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This week's Interactive Review subject can fit in the bed of last week's Ford F-350. A quick spin around the block gives a good first impression of this little car. It's got a decent amount of pep. Back seat room is Camaro tight when the driver's seat is adjusted for my 5'10" frame. The only way I could sit back there is if my knees were sideways. Still, I've only had the car for about 20 minutes, so as I start my commute home, think up some questions for the 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatch.

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It'll be nice to see how the Fiesta does in the market... This car has a special place in my mom's heart- she bought one new in 1978 from a local Ford dealership, absolutely loved it and kept it for sixteen years.

Just like this one...

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So I took her to see the new one and she really liked it, seemed wowed by the safety features, comparative level of comfort, and the trick features like the capless fuel filling. She'll have to look at the Sonic when it comes out too, I sense she wants a smaller car than the Malibu, but she's also waiting to see the new Chrysler 200 Convertible.

My questions:

How stable is it on the highway? Does it feel more substantial than it looks or is it like a tin can? How refined would you say the powertrain is?

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Shame it isn't a 3-door. How's the transmission/clutch action? Is it eager to drive, or does it feel as if it's being thrashed?

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It's surprisingly spirited for a 1.6l. Must have decent torque at the low end too, because I was able to take off from a dead stop in 2nd gear (by accident) without it even hinting like it was going to stall. Hill climbing you really put your foot into it to maintain speed. I'm not sure how I'd rate the engine noise yet.

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is it worth 20 grand.

does a cobalt make more sense at 8 grand less

can it get out of its own way

does it have any trunk or back seat space that you couldn't just get in a Kia Forte5?

would you say its fit for interstate travel

will you get epa mpg

will the dual clutch tranny blow up on you while you have it, otherwise is it a good tranny

how are those drum brakes

how is the heated seats

how are the seats in general, good support??

is it FUN?

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is it worth 20 grand. No

does a cobalt make more sense at 8 grand less. yes

can it get out of its own way yes, quite peppy

does it have any trunk or back seat space that you couldn't just get in a Kia Forte5? don't know

would you say its fit for interstate travel for 2 people and 1 baby

how is the heated seats On or off, no level adjustment. but temp is comfortable

how are the seats in general, good support?? decent but haven't spent enough time in them yet to know for sure

is it FUN? So far, yes, you can dart in and out of traffic

Only answered what I could so far

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Not that you could answer this one, Drew, but I wonder if dealers are discounting these yet. Local dealer finally got another one with chrome on the front recently, a yellow hatch, among its array of lower trim models.

I could see Cory in a blue SES hatch manual to replace his Golf, if the Ford weren't so expensive.

I was over at Ford's UK configurator the other day, building various Fiesta 3-doors and wondering to myself, again, who the birdbrain is at Ford who banished the sportier body to the EU, when I guarantee they'd sell a good many over here.

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In your opinion, could the 5MT use a 6th gear?

How's the audio system? Button layout, screen, accessibility, overall ease of use?

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In your opinion, could the 5MT use a 6th gear?

How's the audio system? Button layout, screen, accessibility, overall ease of use?

I was going to ask that too...

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So, 20k for a reasonably equipped Fiesta, the next Focus will probably be around 25k reasonably equipped, the Fusion close to 30k, the Taurus 35k....that's the new normal, it seems..

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Ford already has the Focus configurator up and yes its gonna be closer to 25k than 20k for a well equipped Focus.

That is why I am guessing the ST will be around 30g, and at least for me, out of my reach.

But I'm sorry, 20 grand is still a lot of money and really too much for a Fiesta IMO. So new normal i guess is the case.

Makes one wonder if those WRX's for 23, 24 grand just a couple of years ago weren't a smokin deal....

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That's fine, but $18k for this car is too much.

right, dead on. there is a limit the public will pay on a car like this. Let the people who feel like throwing away money go buy the 800 A1's they may sell in this country for 35k.

16k for a fully loaded fiesta would make sense to me....as long as most of them sold in the 14k range.

Was in the Mazda showroom the other day, they had a Mazda2 priced at 17 grand. What a steaming pile at 17k. Right across the floor was a new for 011 Mazda6 for not much more than that. The new 6 has a nice interior cloth upgrade that changes the game on that car.

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the market will decide, you will see lots more fiestas going for 15k than 18, 19k.......

Honda is even having trouble unloading Fits at that price nowadays

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When these first showed up, they seemed hot with all the previous web chatter, etc.

Very cool little car. But we sure haven't sold many...and if anything, lately we've sold more and had more interest in our Mazda 2's. Price point vs. size, drive, etc. I like the more loaded-ness of the Fiesta, but the Powershift trans is odd and the price climbs up quick. Common to the 2 and Fiesta, don't expect too much back seat or cargo hold and you won't be disappointed.

Interesting little Ford. I like it. But it's not for everyone, and still a new market of sorts being upscale tiny.

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