New Ford Fiesta Van – Who Said Work Isn’t Fun?
New Fiesta Van – A Dynamic Choice.
Ford took the head-turning design, smart technology and fun-to-drive dynamics of the new Fiesta passenger car, and combined it with the practicality, durability and generous load space that Ford vans are renowned for, in order to produce the all-new Ford Fiesta Van. The smallest van in the marvellous Ford van line-up offers a generous 0.96m³ of rear load space, while four usefully placed tie-down points and a full load floor rubber mat, means you can transport items safely and securely without worrying about them moving around as you drive.
As it is based on the dynamic Fiesta supermini, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Fiesta Van is a very enjoyable van to drive in every respect. Inside, the Fiesta Van discards the standard car’s rear seats, seatbelts and parcel shelf, and replaces them with a flat load floor liner that stretches forward to a part-mesh steel bulkhead located just behind the front seats. The load area in the Fiesta Van measures 1,281mm by 1,283mm, and is capable of taking a maximum payload of 511kg, while access to the load area is via the standard Fiesta tailgate rear door. This opens 948mm wide and 613mm high, so loading items is a relatively easy task.
Two Trim Options;
There are two trim levels available in the new Fiesta Van. The entry-level ‘Trend’ model comes well specified, with standard items such as body coloured front & rear bumpers, power heated door mirrors, daytime running lights, rear spoiler, mini overhead console, tyre pressure warning system, Hill Launch Assist, Ecoselect, Stop/Start system, DAB radio with four speakers, Bluetooth™, USB connection, remote audio controls, MyFord dock, and a 4.2” multi-functional coloured display. Key features in the range-topping ‘Sport’ trim include 16” 8-spoke alloy wheels, manual electric air-conditioning, body-coloured ‘Sport’ front & rear bumpers, black ‘Sport’ honeycomb front grille, chrome exhaust extension, keyless start, electric windscreen de-fogger, dark headlining cloth, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system. Additionally, a host of optional extras are available in order to personalise the new Fiesta Van to each customers individual needs
Petrol and diesel engine options are available in the Fiesta Van, with all but the entry-level petrol engine coming with a slick six-speed manual transmission. The 1.1-litre petrol engine produces 85PS, and is only available in five-speed manual guise, while the 1.0-litre EcoBoost (petrol) engine produces a whopping 125PS. Diesel engine alternatives consist of a 1.5TDCi (Turbo-Diesel) with 85PS, or a 1.5TDCi with 120PS for swift acceleration and outstanding fuel economy.
Van On Review;
My review vehicle was a New Ford Fiesta Van 1.5TDCi 85PS in ‘Trend’ specification, and was fitted with two very useful (and reasonably priced) options – driver and passenger heated seats (€100), and a ‘Driver Assist Pack 1’ (dual power heated foldable door mirrors with puddle lamps, and reverse sensors) for just €200. On the road, it was clear to see (and experience) that the Fiesta Van is the best-handling van that money can buy, with entertaining driving dynamics, and terrific steering response taking centre stage. The Fiesta Van turns in quickly and securely into corners, and it is a very spirited machine to drive along a twisty road, or while cruising on a motorway. In terms of safety, the Fiesta Van shares the same five-star Euro NCAP score as the passenger car edition, and this includes an impressive 87 per cent score for adult occupant protection.
The new Fiesta Van is on sale now, and with prices starting from just €15,000 (including VAT, but excluding delivery), it really does represent remarkable value for money.
Visit www.ford.ie for further information.