2011 Ford Fiesta SES Four-Door Hatchback Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Fiesta - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2011
Style4dr five-passenger hatchback
Base MSRP$17,795
Options on test vehicle44A Six-Speed Automatic Transmission ($1,070); 301A Upgrade Package ($795 -- includes Passive Entry/Passive Start [PEPS] enables the vehicle to be started by pressing a button on the dashboard and unlocks the doors via a button on the door handle when the keyfob is near; chrome beltline and deck lid moldings; heated front seat cushions; perimeter alarm); L ($715 -- includes leather-trimmed front-bucket seats with rear 60/40-split seatbacks); PNQ ($300 -- Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-Coat Paint).
As-tested MSRP$20,675


Drive typeFront Engine, Front-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,596cc (97cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)120 @ 6,350
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)112 @ 5,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed auto-double-clutch manual with console shifter with normal/hill-descent modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.917; 2nd = 2.429; 3rd = 1.436; 4th = 1.021; 5th = 0.867; 6th = 0.702; R = 3.507; FD = 3.895 (for gears 1, 2, 5, and 6); 4.353 (for gears 3, 4, and R)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.25
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptimo H426
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front195/50R16 84H
Tire size, rear195/50R16 84H
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front10.2-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear7.9-inch drums

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)4.1
0-45 mph (sec.)6.7
0-60 mph (sec.)10.5
0-75 mph (sec.)15.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.7 @ 79.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)116
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.4
@ Full throttle (dB)72.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis car is obviously programmed to inhibit pedal overlap (will only rev to about 1,200 rpm with both pedals pressed to the floor), so a "slap-n-go" produces the best results. Upshifts are remarkably crisp and smooth precisely at redline every time. Also does a nice job with matched-rev downshifts when on the brakes. Either D or L mode produced the same results at wide-open throttle (WOT).
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsStraight, steady, no wander or lift. Good fade resistance (between second and fifth stop) but only after the shortest initial stop. Medium-firm pedal, mellow jump-in.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Fairly lenient (though not defeatable) ESC. Car eventually begins to push wide of circle before any sort of throttle closure or brake application occurs. Steering is slightly artificial feeling, but not obnoxiously so. Slalom: Non-defeat ESC (not even a button to press) relegates this test to a guessing game of when the system starts doing the thinking and the brakes start doing the steering. Still, this is a good result that comes with precise steering and good transient response despite commuter-friendly soft-ride suspension tuning. This example feels less restrained by finicky ESC than the last Fiesta SES we tested.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)63.7
Relative humidity (%)76.7
Wind (mph, direction)2.7, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)28 city/37 highway/32 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)30 worst/41 best/31 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,537
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,601
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)160.1
Width (in.)66.8
Height (in.)58.0
Wheelbase (in.)98.0
Track, front (in.)57.7
Track, rear (in.)57.7
Turning circle (ft.)34.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)31.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)49.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)26.0


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard dual
Side airbagsStandard front
Head airbagsStandard front/rear
Knee airbagsStandard driver
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsABS, EBD, BAC
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemIndirect monitoring with low tire indicator
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot yet rated
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot yet rated
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot yet rated
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot yet rated
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot yet rated
IIHS offsetGood

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