The Road Ahead : February March 2009
motoring ... USED CAR REVIEW REVIEW JOHN EWING Ford Fiesta, 1.6-litre, 2004-2008 Ford’s ordinary light car offerings of the nineties and early 2000s gave way to the European-engineered Fiesta in April 2004. After the Festiva, built in Korea by Kia, followed by the unsuccessful Ka with its lacklustre, pushrod engine, the newcomer was something worthy of celebration. a, What you get Fiesta already had a long history overseas by the time Ford Australia introduced the WP series, followed by the WQ update in early 2006. January 2009 sees the newest model on sale here (see In The Showroom, p67). Ford’s small hatch offered three specifi cations, the entry level three or fi ve- door LX, the sportier three-door Zetec, and the more prestigious fi ve-door Ghia. The WQ brought cosmetic and equipment upgrades, plus a fi ve-door Zetec and later the feisty XR4, with a 2.0-litre Focus engine. All Fiestas had standard dual front airbags, while front side and curtain airbags were a Ghia option. Airconditioning was an option on LX, while anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) were linked with the optional four-speed auto for LX buyers. From 2006, the manual LX could be LX could be optioned with these safety features and airconditioning became standard. Later series Zetecs feature suspension, tyre, wheel and manual gearbox improvements too. ed with these safety features and ditioning became standard. r series Zetecs feature suspension, How it drives A 1.6-litre double overhead cam (DOHC) engine, driving the front wheels via a fi ve-speed manual or four-speed auto, powers Fiesta. With larger capacity than many light cars, performance, even in auto guise, is respectable. Engine noise at higher revs can be intrusive though. Fiesta’s high compression engine means premium unleaded is recommended, but its fuel- frugal ways win owner praise. The Fiesta’s forte is dynamic ability, with its steering, handling and body control at the forefront of the class, having been benchmarked by Ford’s engineers against the Focus. hav eng For a tiddler, it makes good use of interior space. The seats are decent and the cabin is functional, though there’s only tilt steering adjustment. A four-star ANCAP crash rating is praiseworthy, but a space-saver spare gets our thumbs down. inte the onl AN a s dow MAZDA2 Competitors 60 FEB/MAR 09 Three or five-door hatch, 2004 to 2008, 1.5-litre, from $10,700 to $20,500. HONDA JAZZ Five-door hatch, 2004 to 2008, 1.3 and 1.5- litre, from $10,900 to $20,900. Reliability appears to be a virtue, but look for a scheduled service history including attention to coolant and oil changes. Cars with the balance of a new car warranty should be available. Reliability appears to be a virtue, but look for a scheduled service history including attention to coolant and oil Under the pump Fiesta will use between 6.6 litres and 9.5 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on model and driving conditions. How much are the parts? For a 2005 LX 5-dr: Tyres (each) Oil fi lter Air fi lter Front brake pads from $135.00 $14.50 $32.60 Headlight $350.85 Tail light $226.40 $165.20 What will it cost? From $9,900 to $19,800 depending on year and model (excludes XR4). NEED HELP? RACQ can help with car fi nance (call 1300 361 316), vehicle inspections (call 13 1905) and insurance (call 13 1905). Further details also available from racq.com. SUZUKI SWIFT Five-door hatch, 2005 to 2008, 1.5-litre, from $12,600 to $19,100 (excludes Sport 1.6).
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