It was Friday, July 3rd to be exact! I had an appointment in Verdun, almost at the border of the borough of Ville-Marie north of the borough of Sud-Ouest. I am the owner of a Ford Focus 2010 and to join business with pleasure, I decided to get there in a 2015 version of the Focus that I would borrow from my colleagues and friends from LaSalle Ford. Here is what happened.
Since there were none available at that moment, Jonathan Charest and Denis Proulx suggested that I take a Ford Fiesta 2015 instead. I accepted with great pleasure. As I mentioned in the recent RAM 1500 test drive report that I produced and posted on the LaSalle Autogroupe Web site, I always do, for security reasons, a visual examination of the body, of the tires and of the headlights of a vehicle before I get behind wheel. So I did.
As for the Fiesta 2015, I was surprised by its size. From the exterior, the Ford Fiesta seems equal in size if not slightly smaller than my current vehicle, a Ford Focus 2010. Its lines are much more refined and its style, more aerodynamic, the nose of the vehicle being designed, I think, to reduce if not minimize air resistance, allowing a more interesting driving experience while ensuring safer road holding. In short, the Fiesta 2015 is attractive and stylish. It has surely been redesigned over time, since its inception, as they say, and that's a good thing.
Despite the few extra kilos that characterize me, I slipped easily inside the vehicle. It's nice not to have to contort to get behind the wheel of a car. For me, it's "Easy getting into a Ford." I enjoyed hearing the thud produced by the driver's door when I closed it. I felt that it was not junk that I had in my hands. I am convinced that the designer and manufacturer of the Ford Fiesta had the will to build and deliver a quality vehicle. It is reassuring, anyway!
Before starting the car, I realized all the inside space that the vehicle provides and the astute arrangement of the control buttons on the dashboard. I adjusted my seat, the interior and exterior mirrors, the air conditioning and the radio in no time. I could have paired my iPhone with the SYNC system but I chose not to proceed further with this option. I could have activated the heating systems of the seats but since it was already 26 degrees outside, you can imagine that I forgot all about it. I felt at home in the Ford Fiesta, to use a popular expression, for it was easy to configure the vehicle to fit my driving style and my tastes. Everything is so clearly identified. I love the way the manufacturer has incorporated the essential functions on the steering. We find the radio control or telephone hands-free SYNC system on the left site and cruise control functions on the right hand side.
I quickly located the CD player and the insertion slot for my USB key. My key contains the songs and the instrumental pieces that I love to hear when I am driving. I am a music lover and I appreciate that, for the quality components selected and the astute deployment of precise sound rendering speakers, the Ford Fiesta’s sound systems do justice to songwriters and performers delivering premium sound quality without having to raise the volume to maximum. I was pleased to hear that in the case of Ford Fiesta, these objectives were achieved.
That being said, with a quick movement and without hesitation, I buckled my seatbelt and I started the engine. Everything was going smoothly. The fact the engine noise was not noticeable shows that the hearing comfort of the passengers was taken into account by the manufacturer.
The display showed me that I had enough fuel for the round trip to Verdun. It informed me that I had 133 kilometers autonomy. I started and I was pleasantly surprised how easily I could maneuver the steering and operate the car. The power steering system of the Ford Fiesta is absolutely fantastic. It's amazing, actually, because I did not have to make any effort whatsoever to turn the steering wheel in all directions. I could have driven the vehicle with only one finger if I had wanted to, but I chose to keep both hands on the wheel as I was shown several years ago already when I took my driving lessons, the left hand at 10 o’clock and the right hand at 2 o’clock.
I stepped on the accelerator slightly and I realized instantly why people appreciate so much driving the Ford Fiesta, it is because of the horsepower under the hood. They are energetic. I felt the “G” force of the acceleration almost instantly. It was exciting! I drove on the La Vérendrye boulevard towards Verdun. I reached the cruising speed of 50 kilometers per hour quite easily and quickly. The car handling was impeccable and so for lane changes.
At one point in time, I had the impression of driving too fast. I detected the Montreal SPVM cars and the agents that were distributing contraventions. They must have been there very early in the morning, I thought, because they were still wearing their pajamas, some of them being pink. A quick and easy look at the speed display through the openings of the steering wheel allowed me to see that I was driving at 48 kilometers per hour.
During my trip, I had to deal with multiple traffic lights and stop signs. I assessed then that the brake system met efficiently the constant demands for repeated halts and stops.
Despite the fact that test drive lasted long enough to give me an appreciation of what it is like to drive a Ford Fiesta 2015, I wished that it would have been longer as it was a most enjoyable experience.