The launch of new Ford Fiesta in Europe has triggered a rush of glowing reviews across the continent. As well as favourable road test reports and technological analysis, journalists have also been reporting on the fact that Fiesta is Europe’s best-selling small car. It’s also been a highly positive media week for B-MAX and new Kuga too….
France’s L’Automobile Magazine has compared the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS Titanium to the Renault Clio TCe 90PS Expression. With an overall score of 14.5 out of 20 points, the Fiesta was declared the winner of the comparison. It earned praise for its EcoBoost engine, assembly quality, generous equipment package, design updates and overall balance. It was found to offer better performance in the city and more competitive prices than its rival. The Clio (14 / 20 points) stood out for its fun, high-tech personality and road performance, but the testers were disappointed with its assembly quality and interior space, areas where it was deemed inferior to the Fiesta as well as its predecessor.
“A Little Masterpiece” is how Italy’s Il Giornale Style sums up new Fiesta. Journalist Piero Evangelisti writes: “In the past decade, the Ford Fiesta has been purchased by more than one million Italians, a statistic that confirms our passion for the Blue Oval’s small car, which has been going strong since its 1976 debut. Accustomed to being the leader of the European subcompact segment, the Fiesta has been refreshed to continue conquering the hearts of young drivers, its most loyal audience, but also the hardest group to please when it comes to style, performance, fuel economy, and in recent years, technology.
The Fiesta that just rolled into Ford’s Italian dealerships upholds tradition in each of these areas, starting with its style, an evolution of Kinetic Design. It has a large trapezoidal grille and LED daytime running lights, an increasingly sought-after feature that is high-tech and even somewhat trendy, but normally reserved for superior categories. With its sinuous and almost sculpted lines, the Fiesta is quite seductive, especially with its unprecedented selection of colours.”
Meanwhile, Germany’s ADAC Motorwelt has been running the rule over Ford B-MAX 1.6 TDCi Titanium. It’s verdict? “At around four meters in length, Ford’s new offering is not just the smallest minivan in Ford's portfolio, but also the most innovative. Its most prominent feature is the lack of a pillar between the doors. With the front and rear door open, the interior is comfortably accessible and makes installing child seats and loading bulky items into the B-MAX easier than is the case with other minivans that are equipped with sliding doors, but conventional B-pillars. Another advantage to this system is that getting into the B-MAX is like entering a living room, as passengers are not sitting as strictly separated from one another….. In conjunction with the 95PS diesel, the B-MAX is not particularly powerful, but what impressed us was its responsiveness at low revs and its relatively low average fuel consumption of 4.8 liters per 100km. As is the case for every Ford, the B-MAX’s accurate steering and comfortable suspension provided a great deal of driving pleasure. It’s a great that practical cars do not need to be the least bit boring.
Finally, Spain’s Car and Driver has joined the growing ranks of Ford Kuga fans after putting the SUV through its paces in Valencia. The magazine reports: “Manufactured in Valencia, the second generation of Ford’s midsize SUV has made a quantum leap in quality to conquer the global market. The new Kuga is promising on paper, as it is based on the excellent platform of the Focus and B-MAX, a guarantee of efficiency. But during our first test, it exceeded our expectations. The Kuga is a very pleasant car to drive, and its outstanding performance will surely set a precedent in the midsize SUV category. Compared to the previous Kuga, we immediately notice its enhanced precision, self-assurance on curves and improved suspension. Its smaller turning circle results in easier steering and agility. By eliminating its predecessor’s swaying when cornering or braking, the Kuga also makes life nicer for its passengers. And speaking of ride comfort, the level of soundproofing has remarkably improved. The Kuga is now as silent as a luxury sedan, even when equipped with diesel engines.”