SE Automatic 6-speed (review didn't have that option)
By groksurf on
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Have owned the SE for three weeks. The Transmission prefers a very light touch when starting from a stop. It shifts 1-2-3 rapidly up to about 25 mph if you do it that way, very smoothly and quietly. Then you can push the accelerator more for nice quiet power. It will switch awkwardly if you give it heavy foot at low speed.
You definitely need to learn how it wants to be driven; once you do it's a pleasure to drive. At higher speeds very quiet engine (although at 70 the rpms almost reach 3K--I'd prefer 2300 at that speed), and minimal road/wind noise. If you do push the rpms, the engine sound is throaty and not at all unpleasant. Great mileage so far, about 33mpg at 60% city/40% highway
Attractive sporty exterior design, interior is dignified and comfortable. Even though I'm 6' with long legs, legroom is comfortable in front. Driver side there are three places you can comfortably plant your left foot, the one closest to brake pedal lets your left foot be almost fully extended. Decent visibility to the rear for parallel parking, etc. Logical controls layout. Glad it has a real (baby) spare tire. Excellent handling characteristics at all speeds, steering couldn't be better.
I spent two weeks trying about a dozen cars in the class, and completely agree with Edmunds reviewers that the Fiesta "provides the most rewarding drive in its class."
Absolutely needs a center console between front seats for storage/armrest (and eliminate the drop down driver side armrest which feels awkward at all times up or down). Location of AUX and USB ports in recessed cupholder area between front seats makes them prone to accumulate dust/dirt/spills. I have to keep them covered with transparent scotch mailing tape to keep them from filling up with gunk.
Sync Bluetooth download of phonebook from Android smartphones is broken...has to be done manually via USB (dealer was unaware but the problem is documented on the Sync website). A couple inches more legroom for rear seats would be nice.