Ford India today launched the Fiesta Classic in Chennai with both petrol and diesel engines. The base petrol LXI version is priced at Rs. 5.49 lakh while the CLXI model is available for Rs. 5.99 lakh. The diesel spec is priced at Rs. 6.48 lakh and Rs. 6.89 lakh for the LXI and the CLXI variants respectively. The top end SXI costs Rs. 7.29 lakh.
The Ford Fiesta Classic will appeal to buyers looking for an affordable yet comfortable sedan that does not feel like a budget sedan. It will be a viable option for those considering cars like the Toyota Etios, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Tata Manza and the likes. The engine, transmission and other mechanicals of the Fiesta Classic remain the same but its unique proposition is the lower price. Related: Ford Fiesta Classic India launch on April 7th
Variant wise Price Table
Now let’s take a closer look at the Fiesta Classic and compare it to its key rivals in terms of appearance, space, comfort, power, mileage, price and features.
Look, space and comfort
What differentiates the Classic’s exterior from the outgoing model is the sleek ‘Classic’ badge on the boot. On the inside, the Fiesta Classic sports a new dual-tone instrument panel in shades of ebony and jasper blue, a metallic centre console, ebony-colored seat fabric and door trims. It also comes in a new exterior color dubbed the Colorado red.
In terms of appearance it is decent-looking car though some find the design a bit dated. Etios and Dzire come with contemporary styling. The Fiesta Classic is more spacious than the Dzire but not as roomy as the Etios or Manza. In terms of comfort the Etios beats the Fiesta by a slight margin. The Dzire again is not as comfortable as the Fiesta Classic which feels more planted and composed on bad roads.
The Fiesta Classic is powered by the same 1.6-litre Duratec petrol engine that it had earlier. It puts out 100 bhp of power while the
1.4-litre Duratorq diesel motor belts out a decent 68 bhp. Looking at the price band in which the Ford Fiesta Classic falls, it could give the Toyota Etios, Mahindra Logan, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Tata Manza a run for their money.
The 1.6 litre petrol Fiesta easily trumps the Swift Dzire and Toyota tios with its 100 bhp of power and spectacular handling. It has good road manners and doesn’t mind being driven enthusiastically. The diesel Fiesta on the other hand isn’t as powerful as the Swift Dzire but still scores in terms of drive and handling.
Price and features
The Fiesta Classic starts at Rs. 5.5 lakh for the base petrol LXI variant and its prices go up to Rs. 8.19 lakh for the top of the line diesel SXI variant. It is an affordable sedan at these prices but let’s see how it stacks up against the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Toyota Etios. The Swift Dzire comes at a starting price of Rs. 4.95 lakh, while the base variant of the Etios comes at a price of Rs. 4.99 lakh.
So it is evident that the Fiesta Classic is dearer than the Etios and Dzire but is that difference in price justified? Well the Fiesta does have an edge over the Etios and Dzire with features like all four power windows, even on the base variant. Let’s take a closer look at their features with the help of a table.
The price reduction makes Fiesta Classic an attractive option to those looking for a well-built car with pretty good performance. It’s not the cheapest in its segment but scores ok on value-for-money quotient