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The Top Gear car review:Ford Fiesta
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The big change is right across in front of you. An all-new dash architecture moves away from the jagged shapes of the old Fiesta into a series of wave-like strokes. Extra trim strips break up the old car’s big plastic slab. An erect tablet touchscreen takes up the prime central site. That’s bright and very visible, but has the side-effect of relegating the face-level vents into nipple-level vents.
The seats have a wide range of adjustment, so you can now get yourself lower in the car. It’s a good position to drive from. They’re new seats too, generally supportive if a bit pushy in the kidney area. The back seats stop short of being an assault on human rights (unless you have the panoramic sunroof which hacks away at headroom). If you want to carry grown-ups in the back of your supermini and not be hated by them, get a new Ibiza or a Jazz.
Generally the quality of material and the way they’re fitted together is up to snuff for a small mainstream car. But things get tricky when you step up to the Vignale. Its quilted seats and stitched leather seats highlight the contrast with the clanging deficiencies in other parts of the cabin. Worse is the door handle pulls. They’re hollow and hard and scratchy. Surely they could have spent another 50p on a part you grasp with your fingers every time you get in the car.
The top-level screen system comes at a relatively keen option price, It’s an eight-incher with smooth graphics and a quick processor, and hooks up to your phone neatly, as well as providing native navigation.
Several editions have a B&O stereo. The bass is pretty tight and the stereo image vivid, but just like B&O’s other car systems the treble is metallic and tiring to listen to.