Date of publication: 2018-04-17 13:01
Perhaps the buyer wants to enjoy the torque character of the diesel engine, take pride in the ultra-low fuel usage and CO2 exhaust emission and hope the resale value in a few years might also help make up the gap in the extra paid for the diesel car when new.
Taking a leaf out of the premium manufacturers’ playbook, the key word for the Fiesta’s external look is evolution, not revolution. It’s still instantly recognisable as a relation of the old car and it’s not instantly obvious what the changes are – although you notice something is different. It’s a less sharp design overall, somehow softer. It’s larger and most noticeably different from the rear end.
Part of the magic of cars in the supermini class is that they can be fun to drive, more so than some much more expensive cars, without being pricey to run. The new Ford Fiesta is no exception to that rule, and its range of small-capacity petrol and diesel engines are very frugal.
But keep the RPM well above the 2,555 mark, and you will notice that this is one the most refined engine on the market. There is absolutely no noise and its revs all the way to the redline very smoothly and without going breathless.
What kind of miles are they?
Diesel engines are more economical than petrol and have more pulling power, known as torque. The result is diesels can feel more flexible and responsive than petrol engines while using less energy. This helps make them more efficient over long distances. But petrol engines are becoming increasingly efficient and economical and are frequently quieter than diesels. Each has its own distinctive traits which appeal to different people.
I have a mk 7 TDCI and it certainly is a punchy engine with lots of torque up hills. As already said, its obviously diesel at low speeds but smooths out once you get going. Clutch is a lot heavier than petrol models. Apart from that can't think of a downside. MPG is around 55 in my case, rising to nearly 65 in good conditions.
That's entirely understandable. Diesel engines, with respect to CO2 emissions, tend to be quite clean and they're typically economical.
I am looking at breaking even on fuel costs, again very roughly, in 7 years based on current average proces (£ Petrol / £ ).
B& O PLAY editions, basically a pack that can be added to Zetec or Titanium models, feature a special interior trim colour and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with ten speakers and a subwoofer. Range-topping Vignale models are positioned to rival premium superminis, and get 17-inch alloys, leather heated seats and a panoramic sunroof - but as these models cost a lot to buy and won’t hold their value very well, we’d stick to a Titanium model if you want more toys.
That's good news for company car drivers. As a result, and with a P11d value of £16,995 for a well-specified Titanium X model, those in the 25% tax band will pay only £28 a month for the Fiesta.
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