Reviewing the 2016 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
At Auto & Generals we have reviewed luxury cars from top-notch automakers to date, but haven’t touched the cars that are used in regular, day-to-day commuting, etc. Let’s catch up with the entry-level subcompacts today. Therefore, Auto & Generals brings you the 2016 Ford Fiesta today. The 2016 Fiesta from the automaker comes in two styles – the sedan and the hatchback. The style under review today is the hatchback with base trim.
The 2016 Ford Fiesta looks peppy and is full of sprite. It gives you both engaging driving dynamics along with fuel-efficient fun. Available in 3 trims and two engine options, the base produces 120 hp with 5-speed manual transmission. There is 6-speed automatic available as an option. Braking is nice. Ride is quiet. Interiors are cool and nice. It is priced intelligently. Let’s get to know a little more about this peppy, little car from the house of Ford.
Internal and External Features
Let’s touch the outside part first. As we are reviewing the hatchback style, let us tell you that the hatchback looks better than the sedan in terms of appearance. It has a wheelbase of 98 inches, length of 159.7 inches, width of 67.8 inches, and overall height of just over 58 inches. It weighs just over 2,500 lbs and can accommodate 5 people. It looks peppy and has ample space for a small family.
Some of the noticeable external features include power side mirrors with convex spotter, fixed-interval wiper, heated wiper park and defroster, lip spoiler, and aero-composite halogen daytime running headlamps.
Getting inside, you’ll find the interiors to be nicer than expected for the price, giving you a good-good feeling altogether. Some other noticeable internal features include 60-40 folding bench rear seat, manual tilt/telescoping steering column, front & rear cupholders, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, manual air conditioning with underseat ducts, illuminated glove box, 6-way manual (fore/aft, up/down, recline) driver seat, 4-way manual (fore/aft, recline) passenger seat, 2-way adjustable head restraints, day-night rearview mirror, fade-to-off interior lighting, cargo space lights, manually-adjustable rear head restraints, perimeter alarm, Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) engine immobilizer, and one 12V DC power outlet.
Entertainment and Infotainment
The standard gauges include speedometer, odometer, tachometer, and trip odometer.
For entertainment, you get a radio with AM/FM and CD player with MP3 capability, an auxiliary input jack, 6 speakers (80 Watts) and steering wheel redundant audio controls. Additionally, the radio comes with seek-scan, clock, speed-compensated volume control, radio data system, automatic equalizer, digital signal processor, and integrated roof antenna.
You even get a SYNC Communications & Entertainment System that includes voice recognition, 911 Assist, vehicle health report, traffic, directions and information services, 3.5″ screen in center stack and AppLink, but all these services are available for a $60 annual subscription fee.
Engine and Performance
This 4-door entry-level subcompact hatchback carries a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder under its hood, producing 120 bhp at 6,350 rpm and maximum torque of 112 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. It gets front-wheel drive and 5-speed manual transmission as standard.
There is also available an optional turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that produces 123 hp. There is also option for six-speed automatic transmission.
The turbocharged 3-cylinder engine can reach from 0 mph to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and can attain top speed of 120 mph.
Fuel and Economy
The 2016 Ford Fiesta gets a 12.4-gallon fuel tank, giving it an estimated highway cruising range of around 450 miles. It has an estimated highway fuel economy of 36 mpg and 28 mpg within city.
Some of the standard features included in the 2016 Ford Fiesta are front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, ABS in all wheels, hill hold control, power side mirrors with convex spotter, aero-composite halogen daytime running headlamps, AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and ABS with Driveline Traction Control.
For extra safety, it has side impact beams, dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, low tire pressure warning, dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and driver knee airbag.
Price and Availability
The 2016 Ford Fiesta hatchback is available in three trims, with base trim priced at $15,455. The price range for higher trims goes up to $19,705.
The production and deliveries are on its way and you may need to call your nearest Ford Dealership to confirm the availability of trim you wish to check out.
The 2016 Ford Fiesta hatchback is attractive, peppy, fuel efficient, has good driving dynamics, is quiet inside, and has good braking. All in all, it is a good package for its price. It is a nice value-for-money car and is recommended.
The only problem you can face as a customer is confusion. There are a lot of options you can have within this budget within this segment. Most of the entry-level subcompacts are priced between $15,000 and $20,000. As a customer, you have a lot to choose from and pinning down on a single car can be confusing at times.
Well, some of the other options you can check out within this budget and segment are Scion iA, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Nissan Versa Note.
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