It all started on just another lazy morning (Monday, 28th May) when our very own ‘350Z’ (Vibhor) dropped me a note asking if I would be interested to drive a Ford Fiesta Powershift from Mumbai to Bangalore. Ford organized this all-expense paid trip for The Automotive India to experience the capabilities of newly launched Fiesta Powershift. Since a considerable distance with good driving conditions was possibly the best way to make most out of this drive - our drive was scheduled from Mumbai to Bangalore.
Personally, I have missed out quite such events in the past including an opportunity to drive at the Buddh International Circuit recently. So I obviously didn’t wanted to miss out on this one. Driving an Automatic Ford Fiesta from Mumbai to Bangalore (Excellent roads and a petrol dual clutch automatic was a good enough business case for me!) was an opportunity I immediately grabbed.
Ford Mondeo was one of the very first cars I bought out of my own hard earned money many years back. It was a car that I had driven extensively in the UK and hence I was nostalgic about driving a Ford again. However, this one was an Automatic (Powershift as Ford calls it). While I always have a liking and preference for a manual, but Fiesta Powershift was no ordinary automatic. Ford has plonked in a 6 Speed Dual Clutch Auto Gearbox – it’s surely a segment best and a class leading one. I will write a comprehensive road test review of this car separately and the following section will primarily focus on our travelogue of the Mumbai - Bangalore Drive.