Ford Transit Custom, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Kuga and Ford Transit Connect are all big winners in the press this week...
“Brilliant” is how Italy’s Furgoni Magazine rates Ford Transit Custom: “Did the Ford Transit Custom deserve to win the International Van of the Year 2013 award? After our test-drive, we have no doubt... On the road, the Custom wastes no time in showing us what it’s made of. Brilliant and silent, it handles effortlessly, although the long wheelbase requires the driver to take extra care on tight turns. The side-view mirrors are a help, but only to a certain point. Some competitors have larger reflective surfaces. At traffic lights, the Start-Stop system works discreetly, and the silence makes it easy for you to carry on a conversation or listen to the radio. At constant speeds, the new Ford is quiet and has low fuel consumption. The Custom has good braking distances, a comfortable suspension and praiseworthy safety features such as Lane Keeping Alert. All in all, it’s a great product with a competitive price.”
Interviú (Spain) is a big fan of new Fiesta ST: “The 1.6 EcoBoost strikes an extraordinary balance between performance and fuel economy. It has 20% lower fuel consumption than its predecessor despite delivering 20% more power. But the best thing about the Fiesta ST is the driving experience. Ford Team RS revised the chassis and added firmer springs and dampers, rear disc brakes and a modified steering system. Curvy roads are the best place to have fun at the wheel, because the Fiesta ST demonstrates tremendous agility and surprising speed. The three-mode ESC system keeps its reactions under control.”
Ekstrabladet (Denmark) is similarly impressed with Fiesta ST: “The engines are humming using Sound Symposer which Ford calls their sound system. The steering are some of the best we have experienced in a long time. Polo GTI costs DKR 326,000 and it may be a VW, but the Polo GTI is lacking the presence and overall experience that you get at a lower price in the Ford Fiesta ST. Ford Fiesta ST entertains at all speeds, even at slow speeds - and that's what it's all about! Not about numbers, equipment and wheel sizes! So get a grip, German clerks in Wolfsburg and Rüsselsheim.”
German TV personality Anna Kraft tested new Ford Kuga in Valencia recently. She told Instyle magazine: “The Kuga is easy and well to drive. I feel really safe. It offers so many assistance systems which is comforting. It is very spacious and even offers a barrier free loading platform. That is important, if you are loading skis or surf boards. The fanciest thing is the tailgate which opens automatically when you kick your foot underneath the bumper. It is particularly useful when you have a number of shopping bags in your hands!”
Spain’s Mundo Deportivo assesses new Ford Transit Connect: “Unlike other vans in the segment, this Ford was designed from the perspective of the professional user. Easy loading, ample space, a well-structured cargo area and low fuel consumption are its key characteristics. In the bulkhead separating the cargo compartment from the cabin, a load-through hatch allows for the transportation of objects of up to 3.4m long. Another interesting feature is the dual front passenger seat, which allows you to seat three up front. Ford hasn’t overlooked the fact that many customers use the Transit Connect as both a professional and a personal vehicle, and in some cases, as an alternative to a seven-seat minivan. The Kombi and Double Cab variants offer flexible rear seating and a movable mesh partition.
The best news concerns the engines, which have 30% lower fuel consumption. The new Transit Connect is available with the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi (75PS, 95PS and 115PS), the gasoline-powered 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS and the 1.6 EcoBoost withan automatic transmission. It can be equipped with Active City Stop, a low-speed automatic braking system.”