2011 Ford Fiesta Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Fiesta - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

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


Year Make Model2011 Ford Fiesta SES 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Hatchback
Base MSRP$17,795
Options on test vehicleRapid Spec 301A ($795 -- includes push-button start and push-button entry/exit, chrome beltline and deck lid moldings, heated front seat cushions, perimeter alarm); Leather-Trimmed Front Bucket Seats With Leather 60/40-Split Rear Seats ($715); Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-Coat Paint ($300).
As-tested MSRP$19,605
Assembly locationCuautitlan, Mexico


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated gasoline inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,596cc (97cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder with variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,000
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)120 @ 6,350
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)112 @ 5,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeFive-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.846; II = 2.038; III = 1.281; IV = 0.951; V = 0.756
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.07


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.25
Tire make and modelHankook Optimo H426
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size195/50R16 84H
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.2-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear7.9-inch drums

Track Test Results

0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)15.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.2 @ 80.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)119
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)74.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.1
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)3,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNon-defeat traction control limits enthusiastic launches, and once it notices, the entire run is compromised. That said, slick shifter never balked at 6,500-rpm upshifts despite long-ish shift throws. Fairly linear power delivery and a sporty-sounding engine. Tall, fuel-economy oriented gearing gets you over the finish line in 3rd gear!
Braking commentsRemarkably fade-resistant brakes considering the rear drums. Some dive, some wiggle, but overall good brakes that offer some sense of what the tires are doing through the pedal.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Barely perceptible non-defeat stability control breathes off the throttle at the limit of grip. Steering feels somewhat artificially loaded/springy, but the overall sense is one of grip and balance. Slalom: Frustrating to try to make this car dance when it's wearing chain-gang anklettes (non-defeat stability control). Still, the car offers crisp turn-in, good weight transfer, predictable rotation (up until ESC realizes it) and precise steering. This Fiesta feels more restrained than the previous Euro-spec Fiesta Titanium we tested, but that could simply be less grippy all-season tires and their consequences.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/27/2010
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)62.3
Relative humidity (%)68.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)3.8, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,819
Fuel used for test87 octane unleaded
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)29 city/38 highway (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)32.7 (worst fill-26.5, best fill-41.4)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.0
Driving range (mi.)456 (est.)

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description80-watt premium sound with 6 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack, USB stick, aux jack, Bluetooth audio
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (except AK & HI), free 6-month trial subscription
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard voice-activated turn-by-turn through owner's Bluetooth-connected mobile phone
Smart entry/StartOptional push-button ignition and front doors

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,537
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,557
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.7/40.3
Length (in.)160.1
Width (in.)67.8
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


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

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