After 1.5 days, most of which was spent driving around Manila, here's what I thought:
Responsive, quick and super easy to drive. Jill says its the easiest thing she ever drove. A glowing review, but keep in mind Jill is a pretty good driver and can drive anything with wheels on it (a fact that makes this car nut proud).
At Bonifacio High Street
The engine doesn't feel like a 1.4 and has pretty good torque. It climbed the steep car park at MegaMall with the aircon on full in 2nd gear. Letting go of the gas pedal, I made it want to shift to 1st, then stepped on it back again and no hiccup. After driving a bunch of 1.3s and below engines I missed that.
At Santa Ana, Manila
The funky dashboard.
The sound system is terrific. Back in College I used to have a car with great sounds that I credit for making my young life so much more interesting. The Fiesta's brings me back to those days when I would drive around with the volume way up, completely soaking it in. I missed that feeling and am starting to eye better sound systems for my own car as a result.
Taken while having breakfast at United Nations Ave., Manila
The dashboard and overall design is deep into the design statement the Fiesta is into, which I describe as sort of rakish, curved but not round, teaming with little bits of style flair, but not over the top. I'm not too crazy about how the 4 door sedan looks but after a while I realized it wasn't because this was ugly, but that the 5 door hatchback is beautiful. Ford really went the extra mile to build something that looks totally unique for them. Clearly it's hard to distinguish this vs. it's obvious competition, the Mazda 2. But I don't really care. The Hatchback is a knock out. The Sedan is comparably tamer, but still a looker no doubt.
Next post, further review of the Ford Fiesta after a trip to Tagaytay and returning it.