Seat Time: 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium

April 9th, 2014 at 5:11pm

2014 Ford Fiesta

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Ford
Model: Fiesta Titanium
Model Range: 4-door sedan & hatchback
Competitors: Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic
Trim Levels: S, SFE, SE, SE Appearance, Titanium, ST
Price Range: $14,100-$21,400. Price as tested: $20,390
Made in: Cuatitlan, Mexico
Drivetrain: 1.6 L TIVCT; 5-speed manual
EPA Ratings: 27 city/38 highway/31 combined. Observed: 35 mpg.

Read on for John McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta InteriorVery well equipped car with the Titanium trim level. Only option on this test car was the navigation system for $795.

Final Impression:

What a delightful car! It responds eagerly, feels light and nimble, yet is quite comfortable.The perfect urban commuter car, you can quickly slip it into almost any parking spot.

However, rear seat leg room is extremely cramped. Only very short people or children will find the back seat acceptable. And the cargo area behind the rear seats is not very big. If you’re looking for a subcompact car with more carrying room go look at the Honda Fit which is a packaging miracle.

Enthusiasts will appreciate this car even though it’s not the high-performance ST model. The driving position is very good, the brakes and steering are quite responsive, and you can fling this car around, it’s very tossable.

The manual shift lever works well and the pedals are set up for easy heel-and-toe shifting. But this car cries out for at least a 6-speed manual. How puzzling it only comes with a 5-speed. The Fiesta would instantly get better fuel economy and become a quieter car with another gear or two in the tranny. I hope that is on the way.

Some people complain about the Sync system and MyFord Touch, I didn’t have any problems with them in this car.

The 2014 version gets more than just a new nose. Ford made a number of subtle engineering tweaks that improved the driving performance. And it shows.

The subcompact segment is getting to be quite competitive, but the Fiesta is still able to hold its own.


3 Comments to “Seat Time: 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium”

  1. Bradley Says:

    Nice Review.

  2. Glenn W Says:

    I agree with John. Forty years ago I entered the workforce and purchased a 1974 Pinto Squire Wagon. I bumped my head against the wind shield every time the AC compressor cycled in the Houston heat. I swore off four cylinder cars. I just retired and purchased a 2014 Fiesta SE for an errand runner. What a terrific vehicle. So I am a liar. I again own a four cylinder car but what a difference 40 years of engineering improvements has made.

  3. John N. Says:

    In Europe 6-speed transmissions are available on non-ST models, as well as HID headlights, so is it a cost-thing for the sub-compact segment in American market? Please ask Ford reps this question at upcoming show segment from NY show… thanks!