Aiming to strengthen its market position in the growing entry-level sedan segment, the American automaker Ford decided to bring a downsized version of the Fiesta named – the Classic. The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular midsized sedans from the company, which was launched back in 2009. The Ford Classic looks identical to the old Fiesta. The sleek design and styling appeal at the very first glance.
The aggressive grille, headlights, bonnet and pronounced wheel arches enhance the front fascia of the car. The side profile is managed by the beefy side panels and alloy wheel. The top-end variant is available with 15-inches , five spoke alloy wheels with 195/55 R15 size of puncture resistant tubeless tyres, while the base and mid-level variants are offered with the steel wheels option. The rear looks simple with mounted tail lamps, rear bumper and a small boot.
The interior is inspired from the Figo hatchback. A three spoke steering, audio system and knobs are similar as seen on the Figo. The fit and finish is decent, but plastic quality isn’t impressive. It seems that the pricing takes a toll on its interior. Additionally, the high levels of localization and component sharing with the Figo helped in cost-cutting of the car. The AC unit is prompt and powerful. The steering mounted audio controls and electrically adjustable mirrors are missing.
The front seats are comfortable with good legroom, but rear seats are restricted with limited legroom and thigh support. What adds more to its comfort and convenience level are leather upholstery, power windows hydrographic finish, power mirrors, audio system with in-dash 6-CD changer and speakers, automatic climate control AC, remote boot release, front courtesy lamps, integrated map reading lamps in the front with individual rear reading lamps and more. The Ford Classic is available in both petrol and diesel engine options.
The 1.6-litres, 1596cc, Duratec petrol engine delivers a peak power of 101bhp @ 6500rpm and 146Nm of torque @ 3400rpm. It accelerates to 100kmph from stand still in about 12 seconds, which is very prompt. It can attain a top speed of 170kmph. Combined with a five-speed manual transmission, the Classic petrol offers a decent mileage of 15.3kmpl.
The 1.4-litre, 1399cc Duratorq TDCi diesel unit makes a maximum power output o 68bhp @ 400rpm with a torque of 160Nm @ 2000rpm. Boosted with Ford’s Duratorq technology, the Classic diesel offers a ‘DuraVroom acceleration, DuraSave fuel efficiency and DuraSmooth drive experience’. It is competent to achieve 100kmph from standstill within 13 seconds with a top speed of 160kmph. The diesel powertrain features APC (Accelerometer Pilot Control) system that contributes with its fuel efficiency. The Classic diesel gives an impressive fuel economy of 18kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on highways.
The old Fiesta is good at handling, and the Classic is not an exception here. The driving dynamics is excellent. The Classic performs so well at high RPMs, and responses promptly while changing the direction. The steering is smooth and quick. The wheels add more to its handling and drivability. The gearshift is efficient, and short gears helps with its drivability. The NVH levels are moderate. The ground clearance is good for the rough Indian roads. One of the best entry level sedans, the Ford Classic is reasonably priced at Rs. 4.88 lakh onwards.
The Classic resembles more like its predecessor. The sleek design and styling define its class. The front end looks sleek and sporty with the grille, headlights, bonnet and pronounced wheel arches. The plain side panels and alloy wheel keep its overall appearance very simple. The top-end variant is assembled with 15-inches , five spoke alloy wheels with 195/55 R15 size of puncture resistant tubeless tyres, whereas the base and mid-level variants are available with the steel wheels option.
There is nothing to flaunt about its rear styling, which is similar to the old Fiesta. It gets mounted tail lamps, rear bumper and a small boot. The build quality is good. The dimensions are measured around 4282mm (length), 1686mm (width) and 1486mm (height) with a wheelbase of 2860mm. The Ford Classic is available in six colors: Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Chill Metallic, Paprika Red, Sea Grey and Diamond White.
The interior is borrowed from the Figo, especially the audio system, three spoke steering and knobs. The fit and finish is decent, but plastic quality is a disappointment. Being a downsized version of the old Fiesta, the Classic misses out on some important features, which are more or less count as a norm in this segment. With high levels of localization and component sharing with the Figo, Ford aims to price the Classic competitively against its rivals. The AC unit is prompt and efficient. One can miss the steering mounted audio controls and electrically adjustable mirrors.
The front seats are comfortable with legroom of 1251mm. The driver seat is offered with a height adjustable option. But, the awful legroom (890mm) and thigh support of the rear seats make it troublesome for the passengers. The ingress/egress is easy. The instrument cluster is easy to read, and looks simple. The other features are leather upholstery, power mirrors, automatic climate control AC, audio system with in-dash 6-CD changer and speakers, power windows hydrographic finish, remote boot release, integrated map reading lamps in the front with individual rear reading lamps and more. The Classic offers 430-litres of boot space.
Engine and Transmission
The Ford Classic is available in two engine options: a 1.6-litre Duratec petrol engine and a 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel unit. The 1.6-litres, 1596cc, Duratec gasoline engine produces a peak power of 101bhp @ 6500rpm and 146Nm of torque @ 3400rpm. It can mark 0-100kmph sprint on speedometer within 12 seconds with a top speed of 170kmph. The Classic petrol delivers a decent fuel economy of 15.3kmpl on highways.
The 1.4-litre, 1399cc Duratorq TDCi diesel powertrain churns out a maximum power of 68bhp @ 400rpm with a torque of 160Nm @ 2000rpm. It can achieve 0-100kmph within 13 seconds with a top speed of 160kmph. It sports an APC (Accelerometer Pilot Control) system that improves it fuel efficiency. The Classic diesel offers an impressive mileage of 18kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on highways. Both the engines are offered with a five speed manual transmission options.
Performance and Handling
In terms of handling and drivability, the Ford Classic is a brilliant performer. The driving dynamics is superb as the old Fiesta. The diesel engine is a little noisy at low speed, but doesn’t disappoint at high RPMs. The low end torque is pretty impressive. The power delivery is linear, and helps it accelerate from to 100kmph just in 12 seconds. The gear ratio is perfect for city driving, and gearshift is efficient. The Classic is quick while changing the direction. The steering is smooth and quick. The robust wheels and sufficient ground clearance contribute to the overall handling and drivability of the car. The NVH levels are moderate.
The braking system is flawless. The ventilated disc brakes at front wheels and drum brakes at rear wheels are robust to deliver a confident and safe drive over rough roads. The advanced ABS (Antilock brake system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) handles panic braking situations quite well. Though, this feature is only offered with its top-end variant.
On fuel efficiency front, the Ford Classic proves to be a promising sedan. Equipped with a 1.6-litre, 1596cc, Duratec petrol engine, the Classic offers a decent fuel economy of 10.5kmpl in city and 15.3kmpl on highways. The Classic diesel is powered with the 1.4-litre, 1399cc Duratorq TDCi diesel motor that features Ford’s Dura technology and advanced APC (Accelerometer Pilot Control) system. These technologies contribute to a good fuel efficiency, acceleration and drivability of the car. The Classic diesel delivers an impressive fuel economy of 18kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on highways.
The Classic is loaded with a plenty of safety measures such as airbag (on driver’s seat), ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), child lock, fuel cut-off in case of a collision, ELR (Emergency locking retractor), central locking, anti-theft engine immobilizer, anti submarine seats, seatbelts and more. However, most of the aforementioned advanced features only come with top-end trims.
The Classic is one of the best packages in the entry level sedan segment. The ride quality and handling are exceptional. The refined and frugal engines prove to be very economical. However, the interior quality and rear seat space are a major let down. The insulation isn’t up-to the mark, and wheel and wind noise is quite audible in cabin. Clever pricing is the strategy for the Classic that helps it to withstand against its rivals such as the Toyota Etios and Maruti Swift Dzire.
Ford Classic Vs Maruti Swift Dzire
The Ford Classic is a proper sedan with sleek design and styling. The honeycomb mesh chrome grille, headlights, sporty side panels, a new pair of alloy wheels (top-end variant) and other exterior updates grant a really appealing look to the car. The Maruti Swift Dzire too is a good-looking and outgoing entry-level sedan, but the over-hanged boot looks awkward, and might be disliked by some buyers. The additional boot of Dzire could be a deal breaker, while the Classic appeals with its premium appeal. Being a sub-four meter car, the Dzire is significantly shorter than the Classic. But, it is taller and wider than the Classic.
The low pricing justifies the downgraded interior of the Classic. The material quality isn’t upto the mark. The front seat is comfortable with good legroom, but rear seats are really troublesome. The dual airbags, ABS, electronic boot lid release, music system, beige interior, central locking, passive anti theft system and few more are available comfort features with its top-end variant. The base variant lacks ABS, CD player etc. In terms of interior styling and quality, the Maruti Dzire is a clear winner that comes loaded with plenty of comfort and advanced safety measures.
In terms of refinement levels, power and torque outputs, the Ford Classic petrol engine takes a lead over the Dzire petrol. Whereas, the Classic diesel doesn’t come close to the Dzire’s diesel engine that produces more power and mileage. The Classic is a fun to drive vehicle with excellent handling and driving dynamics. The gearbox is prompt and responsive. The suspension system is mature enough. But, the Dzire feels more comfortable, balanced and safe on rough roads. The handling is predictable. However, its (Ford Classic) braking system isn’t that efficient. Competitive pricing is what makes both the cars strong rivals.
Pros & Cons
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