The Good Sync in the 2012 Ford Fiesta offers voice command over music and Bluetooth phones, along with smartphone app integration. The Fiesta's rigid suspension makes the car feel very maneuverable.
The Bad The ride can feel a little harsh, and the engine makes a tortured whine at high rpms. Onboard navigation is not available.
The Bottom Line Sync and AppLink give the 2012 Ford Fiesta an impressive techie edge, while the body design and decent fuel economy lend to overall practicality, but the car does not punch above its class in comfort.
2012 Ford Fiesta
The average European hotel room takes up about a quarter of the space of a typical Motel 6 room. The Poang armchair represents the height of comfort at Ikea, while America came up with the La-Z-Boy recliner. Obviously, different notions of luxury prevail in each region.
I was reminded of these differences while driving the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES, a subcompact designed in Europe. We Americans would look at the cabin and think three could fit, as long as it was a short trip. Europeans will see room for a family of five on a summer vacation.
Americans are unlikely to drive the hatchback version of the Fiesta, the model delivered to CNET, as hatchbacks make up less than 20 percent of compacts solid in the U.S. Hatchbacks are much more popular in Europe. Personally, I do not understand that difference, as hatchbacks have more practical space and are just so much cooler-looking than a small sedan.
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