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Journeys : June July 2009
Life on the move Driver training for all pocket rocket. So, as I was due for an update, I eagerly awaited the February launch of the new Fiesta – and it was worth the wait. She says I Lindy George bought my first Ford Fiesta when it was released in 2004 and I just love my little Built in Germany, the new Fiesta bears no resemblance to its predecessor. There’s a choice of three models – CL, LX and Zetec. The CL and Zetec are available with three or five doors while the LX is a five-door only. A 1.6L 4-cylinder 5-speed manual transmission is standard on all models. For an extra $1500 you can opt for a 1.4L 4-cylinder auto transmission (not available on the Zetec three-door). Our top-of-the-range Zetec came with all the safety features – five airbags, ABS, EBD, DSC, EBA and Fiesta’s high-strength steel passenger safety cell. In comparison to the previous model, the new Fiesta has more interior space and is much smoother and quieter on-road. Interior design is very stylish with everything within easy reach, although I found the auto window and mirror controls a little awkward. The instrument cluster is easy to read and recessed deep enough that sunny days and polaroids won’t result in a loss of digital readout. The comfy driver’s seat is height-adjustable, the leather steering wheel has tilt and telescopic adjustment and houses audio and cruise control. Aircon is standard and includes a pollen filter. Foot pedals are better positioned than in the previous model and you also get a foot rest. The rear seats have a 60/40 fold but don’t fold flat in this model. Clever interior lighting means you’re never completely in the dark and the colour-coded dash gives Zetec a very individual look. Clever little Zetec gives you vital information such as kays to empty, average fuel consumption and outside temperature. You are surrounded by six speakers and have a choice of radio, single CD with MP3 compatibility or my personal favourite – load your music onto a USB stick and plug it into the slot in the console. The song playing appears on your display screen and you can adjust the volume or change songs without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel – no driver distraction there! And, if you must take that phone call, Bluetooth voiceactivated connectivity allows you to do so hands-free. The Fiesta boasts ‘razor-sharp handling’ and it’s certainly an apt description. The previous model always handled well, but the new model is even better. The more I drove it, the more I wanted to drive it. The harder I pushed it, the better it performed. In the city, it was easy to manoeuvre and park. It looks great with alloy wheels, sports body kit and a large rear spoiler and you can personalise your Fiesta with a range of accessories. So, will I buy one? My Zetec with the 17” alloys is on order! ANCAP Rating ★★★★★ Green Vehicle Rating ★★★★ www.ract.com.au June / July 09 27 .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment Safety Drive Package includes ROADSIDE ADVANTAGE cover and discounts on vehicle inspections, car insurance and RACT Batteries. Defensive Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5644 Devonport 6421 1944 Burnie 6434 2944 L P 6253
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