Ford Fiesta Price and on-sale date
The 2017 Ford Fiesta is on sale imminently, priced from £12,715. A mid-spec five-door Zetec Fiesta with the 99bhp petrol engine is £15,445, while a similarly configured diesel is £16,445. The range tops out with the five-door diesel Fiesta Vignale, which comes in at £21,225.
Nissan Micra Price & on-sale date
The new Nissan Micra made its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will be on sale across Europe in March this year. The UK range will start at £11,995 for the entry-level Visia model. An upgraded Visia+ model will be available, too.
The mid-range Acenta will be priced at £14,995 with a T-GI 90 petrol engine, while the range-topping Tekna will start at £17,295.
Ford Fiesta - Engines
The engine range starts with a new 1.1-litre petrol. Although it’s larger than the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, it doesn’t have a turbocharger, so develops just 69bhp.
Because of that, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is expected to be more popular. It’ll be available with 99, 123 or 138bhp. It has been adapted to feature cylinder deactivation, allowing the engine to partially shut down when cruising to save fuel – an industry first for a three-cylinder engine.
All Fiestas will cost £140 a year to tax, while company-car drivers can get a Benefit-in-Kind rate as low as 16% if they go for the 99bhp 1.0-litre turbo petrol, or 18% with the 84bhp 1.5-litre diesel.
Nissan Micra - Engines
Interestingly, the new Micra shares its platform with the next Nissan Juke, so it should also share its engines. From launch, you’ll be able to choose a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine with three cylinders and a 1.5-litre diesel, both generating an identical 89bhp. An entry-level version of the 1.0-litre petrol will come later, with 75bhp.
Fiesta interior and dashboard
While the new Fiesta’s looks are evolutionary on the outside, inside things are very different. Interior quality is said to have taken a great leap forward, with Ford promising ‘upscale premium materials and finishes’. A new eight-inch touchscreen and Ford’s SYNC 3 voice recognition system are among the highlights - though a 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard on lower trims, and the Style model makes do with a 4.2-inch, non-touchscreen display.
The number of buttons on the centre console has been halved compared to the outgoing model, with a large number of controls having been moved to the new eight-inch touchscreen. Ford says the new Fiesta is much more user-friendly than the old model, with ergonomics having been designed with the aid of eye-tracking software.
It’s not just the ergonomics that have been improved, however; Ford says that both the quality of the materials and the way it has been put together have been significantly improved as well. There’s also more space inside, with 16mm more kneeroom in the back, better access to the slightly larger boot, a glovebox that’s 20% bigger and a one-litre storage bin between the front seats. All the door bins will be able to hold a 600ml drinks bottle, too.
Not only does the new Micra have more space, but its interior quality is also said to be far better than before. The centrepiece is what Nissan calls a ‘Gliding Wing’ dashboard, which supposedly lends the interior a “light, sleek and spacious impression”. Nissan has used colour to liven the cabin up, too, with images showing body-matching shades splashed on the dashboard, centre console and seats.
A large seven-inch display takes pride of place on the dashboard and controls everything from your music to navigation, as well as apps from Nissan and Apple CarPlay if you have a compatible smartphone.
A premium Bose stereo will be available, with six speakers, including some mounted in the headrest, to optimise sound for the driver, including hands-free calls. Between the analogue gauges in the instrument cluster, you’ll also find a digital display for fuel economy, trip data, navigation and media information.
Nissan says the Micra’s steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake, while it should have a lower driving position than the previous model, with a wider range of seating adjustment to suit drivers of all shapes and sizes.
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