As I've been driving the Fiesta Classic for the past two weeks now, it is a nice time to compare the driving dynamics and performance of the Fiesta Classic with the VW Polo.
The Ford Fiesta Classic is a May 2011 make Diesel Clxi model done 17k kms till now.
So i'l be writing just the positives about the Fiesta. Positives for Fiesta
The acceleration is quite linear in the Fiesta as compared to the Polo which has a noticeable turbo lag in the first two gears. The Fiesta on the other hand pulls cleanly no matter what RPM you are at. Push the pedal and this car is ready to response in a whisker. The gear ratios in the Polo are on the shorter side and you tend to change gears sooner than usual.Fiesta has longer ratios and you don't feel the need to change gears very often. The turbo spool in the Fiesta is very linear from 1500RPM onward and pulls cleanly all the way till 4000RPM.
Although in terms of power, on paper Polo is powered by 74bhp 3 cylinder 1.2L engine while the Fiesta has only 68bhp 1.4L 4 Cylinder engine. But those 68 horses in the fiesta seem to be well trained and as if running on adrenaline as this car never feels under-power at any situation. Its a revv happy engine in the Fiesta and its been exciting to push the Fiesta to its limits in the last few days.
The Polo's suspension, though good, has a fair bit of suspension noise. The sound proofing is also not as good as the Fiesta and there is some tyre noise which creeps in above triple digit speeds, as does the engine noise when you are in a good mood. The Fiesta on the other hand felt a lot more quieter on triple digit speeds.
I found the driving position is better in the Fiesta as compared to the Polo. The seats provide better lumbar support in the Fiesta and the cushions are on a little softer side which tend to make you sink into them when you sit.
The Ford Fiesta Classic is more of a driver's car. It's fun to drive it hard because of the peppy engine and an excellent clutch. About the steering, which is one of the Fiesta's highlights, it is very precise. The steering is really meaty to hold and gives a little racing car feel
. The car goes exactly where you want it to go, inspiring a lot of confidence. I adapted to it very quickly and was soon driving it like I had had it for months. The straight line stability of the car is amazing. I have done 140kmph speeds in both the cars and both feel very very composed at even those high speed.
Fuel efficiency has been excellent in both the cars giving me in plus of 20kmpl on the highway runs and around 18-19kmpl in the city. Fiesta according to my Dad returns close to 25-26kmpl when he drives it constantly at 100kmph on the highways. No luck on this with me as i was pushing it way beyond 100kmph.
One thing which is a little pain in the Fiesta is the Turning radius as i am used to the Polo which squeezes a U-turn from almost everywhere possible.
To summarise, the Polo is a car which oozes quality inside out with its build quality and is just like love at first sight for me. You feel really good about yourself sitting inside the Polo. The plastic quality inside can put most under 10lac rupees sedans also to shame. Very plush and classy looking interiors.
On the other hand, the plastics used in the Fiesta seem really downmarket and even the dash design looks pale and unexciting but it does the basic things excellently which a car is supposed to do. The driving dynamics, ride and handling, steering feedback, suspension set up, everything is just spot on. A true drivers delight.
I had read somewhere that Fiesta Classic is still the best Diesel car to drive in under 10 Lac rupee category even today. Totally agree with it.