Frugal Fiesta smashes economy records
The new Ford Fiesta has proved its credentials as a miserly consumer of petrol.
That’s important news in a car market now increasingly driven by demand for petrol-powered cars and with the Fiesta continuing to lead the charge in the all-important supermini sector.
Ford’s impressive new model smashed records on the UK’s annual MPG Marathon with the petrol new Fiesta on the 350-mile event, equipped with the EcoBoost 1.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 125PS, averaging 97 mpg – blitzing the previous 84 mpg record and crowning it new Petrol Champion.
The diesel new Fiesta beat the 108.8mpg benchmark set five years ago by the prior Ford supermini by pushing the record up to 122mpg to take Overall Champion title.
Ex- works rally team Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott drove the petrol Fiesta and BBC South journalist Paul Clifton with Ian McKean piloted the diesel. Both six-speed cars were coaxed to exceed their official mpg numbers by 48.3 and 51.2 per cent respectively.
They followed six simple Ford eco-driving tips which can help all drivers save fuel – and money:
- Service your car and check the oil level regularly. Correctly maintained cars operate more efficiently
- Check tyre pressures monthly. Underinflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to four per cent
- Do not carry unnecessary weight in the boot or cabin
- Remove empty roof racks and keep windows shut, especially before driving at high speeds. This will reduce wind resistance, reducing fuel use by up to 10 per cent
- Drive smoothly, looking as far as possible ahead – and behind. Sudden acceleration and braking penalise fuel economy
- When accelerating, select higher gears as early as possible. Ford models have gear-shift indicators to optimise gear selection
The all-new Ford Fiesta has been on sale since July, with over 15,000 sold to date. The UK favourite has been Britain’s best seller every year since 2008.