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4 closest rivals of the NEW Ford Fiesta

Last updated on: July 18, 2011 08:29 IST

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The New Ford Fiesta is here with a fuel efficiency of 17 km/L (petrol) and 23.5 km/L (diesel) as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), advanced Bluetooth voice control, electronic power assisted steering (EPAS), cruise control, low NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), climate control, and standard safety features and last but not the least the kinetic design.

First in the segment, voice control makes it stand apart from others.

Its fuel efficiency, cruise control, climate control and safety features are also a plus for it.

Let's see how it competes with some of the sedans in the same segment.

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New Ford Fiesta vs Volkswagen Vento

Comparing the base models of the German Volkswagen Vento Trendline petrol with New Ford Fiesta Petrol Style we find that this entry level Vento is cheaper by around Rs 120,000.

While Fiesta is a 1.5L car, Vento has a 1.6L engine. However, Fiesta is slightly more powerful and has 109PS power.

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Image: Rear view of Vento.

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Fiesta returns a mileage of 14kmpl and 17kmpl in the city and on the highways respectively as per ARAI while Vento delivers a mileage of 11.2kmpl and 15.8 kmpl respectively.

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Fiesta Style has CD player, ABS, brake assist, automatic climate control, air quality control as standard features while Vento has rear A/C vents, seat lumbar support, digital clock, outside temperature display as part of standard equipment.

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Besides, new Fiesta line up has all the safety features such as ABS, EBD, driver, passenger airbags, anti-theft alarm etc as standard while these are absent in Vento Trendline.

Though Style is priced higher than Vento but its safety features and mileage cannot be overlooked.

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If we compare features of Volkswagen Vento Highline diesel and New Ford Fiesta Diesel Titanium Plus we find that both are the top variants.

Highline is priced at Rs 923,000 which is again Rs 100,000 less than Titanium Plus.

Highline has a more powerful turbocharged CRDi engine compared to Titanium Plus.

However, the mileage is less compared to 17.5kmpl and 23.5 kmpl in the city and on the highways respectively delivered by Titanium Plus.

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If we compare the standard features both are same except that Titanium Plus has leather seats.

Rear passengers of Fiesta, however, will miss the rear AC vents that are there in Vento.

But Vento Highline lacks multi function steering, cruise control, parking sensors and first in class voice module that are there in Fiesta Titanium Plus.

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New Ford Fiesta vs Hyundai Verna Fluidic

If we compare the entry level trims i.e Hyundai Verna Fluidic 1.4 VTVT petrol and New Ford Fiesta Petrol Style we find that style has a more powerful engine and delivers slighted more mileage than Fluidic.

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Fluidic 1.4 VTVT price is Rs 120,000 more than Fiesta Style.

Both have the same standard features including air conditioner, CD player, power steering, power windows, and central locking but the entry level Fiesta Style has more safety and security features including ABS and brake assist.

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Image: Interior view of Verna.

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In terms of comfort and convenience, Style has automatic climate control, air quality control and multi-function steering than the Fluidic VTVT.

Overall, the two are strong competitors in terms of features and specifications.

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Image: Clean air cluster ionizer of Verna Fluidic.

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The Ford Fiesta Diesel Titanium Plus and Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX CRDi (O) are both the high end models with almost all the features as standard.

The price difference between these high end diesel trims is around Rs 40, 000 ex showroom Delhi.

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Fluidic is cheaper than Fiesta.

The Fluidic 1.6 SX CRDi (O) has 1.6 L, 128 PS engine which is mated to a six-speed gearbox compared to 1.5L, 90PS engine mated to five-speed gearbox in Titanium Plus.

Hyundai too has a mileage of 19kmpl mileage in the city which is higher than Titanium Plus.

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Image: Hyundai Verna Fluidic.

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However, Titanium Plus wins the race in terms of mileage on the highways.

If we compare comfort and convenience features in both these cars we find that Fiesta has cruise control, accessory power outlet, lumber support seats, outside temperature display but lacks rain sensing front and rear wipers that are there in Fluidic.

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Among the safety features, Fluidic has front and rear side airbags which are absent in Fiesta.

The voice command function is also missing in Fluidic.

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New Ford Fiesta vs Maruti SX4

Ford Fiesta Petrol Style and Maruti SX4 Vxi BSIV are the entry level cars by Ford and Maruti and are priced at Rs 823,500 and Rs 700,006, respectively ex showroom in Delhi.

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The SX4 has a 1.6L, 103.2bhp 4-cylinder Variable Valve Timing (VVT) petrol engine compared to 1.5L engine in new Fiesta.

However, power output by both the cars is almost the same. Fiesta leads in mileage.

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The two almost have the same comfort and convenience features except the multi function steering on the Fiesta.

Fiesta makes its presence in terms of safety and security features as compared to Maruti SX4.

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Comparing the high-end diesel trim of Maruti SX4 and Fiesta we find that there is a price difference of Rs 140,000 between them.

The Maruti SX4 ZDi has a 1.3L, 1248cc, engine but has the same power output of 90PS as is by the 1.5L engine of Fiesta Titanium Plus.

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Both the cars have the same mileage of 17.5kmpl in the city but Fiesta returns a mileage of 23.5 kmpl as per ARAI on the highways.

Both have almost the same safety and security features. Here as well the voice command make the Fiesta rule in its class.

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New Ford Fiesta vs Honda City

The entry level Fiesta and Honda City cars have 1.5L engine though the latter outputs a power of 118PS compared to 109PS by the engine in Fiesta Style.

Both delivers exactly the same mileage and have almost the same standard equipment.

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Also, these have quite similar comfort, interior and exterior, safety features except the multi-function steering in Fiesta.

Honda City 1.5 E MT is priced Rs 70, 000 less than Ford Fiesta Style.

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Comparing the higher end models viz. Ford Fiesta Petrol Titanium Plus and Honda City 1.5 V Inspire we find that the petrol engine of Honda City is more powerful than Fiesta and has more torque.

Both have almost the same mileage and standard features.

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The comfort, interior, exterior and safety features are also the same except traction control, cruise control, parking sensors and crash sensors that are available in Titanium Plus besides the voice module.

Honda City 1.5 V Inspire price is Rs 978,000 which is Rs 36,000 more than Fiesta Titanium Plus petrol.


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