2001 Ford Fiesta Techno 1.25 16v from Portugal
The hot hatch of its class
There is a rattle from the left speaker.
The right electric window is slow when closing.
The engine is powerful for its class, it has a true 16 valve character. It sometimes surprises bigger cars when overtaking. Fuel consumption can be quite high for a car of this class when pushing the revs.
The suspension is well tuned for stability and corner handling/grip. On the other hand, it is not a very comfortable car.
The cabin is well built, but it is a little dated in design and available space. It is a noisy car above 140km/h.
Stock tyres (in Portugal Continental SportContact 185/55R14) offer a lot of grip and feedback, both in wet and dry. Since they are now out of production, I'd like to know a good substitute.
Front lights have an adequate power.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2002
16th Sep 2005, 04:24
I also own a 2001 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Techno. I agree with the main features you mentioned. I my case, in high revs he is a fuel eating monster (9 liters or more - 2 gallons).
But with time I learned that using lower revs with the adequate use of the accelerator pedal the fuel consumption decreases to a more reasonable 5 or 6 liters (1.2 UK gallons). But there is something strange. In lower revs, the car sometimes, starts to fail and then powers away. Initially, I was scared. Now it is better.
But, although this minor problems, it is a great car. It even surprises more powerful cars. Of course it doesn't has a chance, but it is fun to see others face, with tuned cars, to see a 1.25 liter Fiesta pull off. After 200 meters or so, others pass ahead.