Design And Interiors
The only change to the exteriors of the Titanium version are the new alloy wheels, black front grille and body coloured outside rear view mirrors with integrated indicators. The sedan nevertheless looks good in the traditional sense but it is featureless compared to more contemporary sedans though still with correct proportions and balance. The build quality is comparable to European sedans and when the Fiesta Classic received a facelift it got changes to the headlamps that are now further swept back and there was a new honeycomb-pattern grille. The tail lamps are a bit stylish and overall the Fiesta Classic looks solid and understated. The Titanium variant is available in six new colours – Paprika Red, Panther Black, Diamond White, Chill Metallic, Moon Dust Silver and Sea Grey.
The interiors are now in all beige which gives the cabin an airy feel and Ford has added features like Bluetooth enabled audio system with speed dependent volume control and automatic door locks as standard. You also get adjustable seat-height and a steering-wheel which tilts up or down. The seats are comfortable and supportive and the dash is dominated by its flat panel console and four porthole-like vents. The instrument console has white-on-black dials and there are loads of practical niches all around including a rear parcel shelf. Airbags are standard and the cabin has comfortably seat four passengers.
Engine And Performance
No changes have been made to the engine and the Titanium version retains the engines from theFiesta Classic. The petrol engine is the 1.6-litre, 16 valve, DOHC, Duratec motor which produces 101PS@6500rpm and 146Nm of torque @3400rpm. Torque is produced pretty high up in the rev band and you have to continuously keep on working with the gearbox but on the highway the sedan has ample reserves of power and the mid and top end range of the Fiesta is really good. 100kmph is reached in around 12seconds and this happy-to-rev motor delivers 21.26 kmpl under ARAI test conditions.
The 1.4-litre, 8-valve common rail diesel engine is built with an aluminium block and produces 68PS@4000rpm and 160Nm of torque @ 2000rpm. Engine refinement is good and100kmph is reached in around 17seconds. The engine has a top speed of 150kmph but its strength is its ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 32kmpl. Both the engines use a 5-speed manual gearbox with slick and has short throws. The third-generation common-rail direct injection system has benefits like lesser emissions and Ford claims that a special valve in the head prevents the oil from draining out after the engine has stopped which helps reduce cold start noise. Ford has done an outstanding job of isolating the engine noise from the cabin and its refined manners and tall gearing are a bonus on the highway and the Fiesta is a happy cruiser.
The Fiesta rides on McPherson struts with coil springs up front and a twist beam setup at the rear. The Fiesta rides exceptionally well on good roads and takes bad roads in its stride and the car feels very confident and keeps its composure through the cones. The steering is light and responsive making the car very flickable and Ford has made tailor-made springs for India that have large diameters that are better suited for our roads.
The Ford Fiesta Classic Titanium isn’t a cheap entry level sedan and is priced comparable to a premium hatch like the Volkswagen Polo and the Skoda Fabia. If you can overlook the dated styling and the cramped rear seat space, the Titanium version offers an airy cabin and a strong feature list. The diesel and petrol engine both offer good efficiency, especially the diesel motor. The petrol 1.6-litre petrol engine is fun to use with a strong mid and top end and the suspension setting along with the responsive chassis makes the Classic Titanium one of the most dynamically rewarding cars in the segment. Ride quality is up there as well and despite its obvious age the Fiesta Classic makes for a smart option.