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I've been a proponent of the Fiesta S ever since I saw it in the build & price last year. I like that it gives you all the performance and safety features (excepting wheels & tires) of the top level Fiestas while letting you opt out of the convenience, entertainment and appearance stuff.

Now I've finally found some good pictures of it in a real-world setting, although it may still not be fully representative of what I'll be able to buy.


The S has the least exterior chrome of any Fiesta sedan. To my eye, not having the chrome really cleans things up. I also thought Oxford White would make it look like an egg, but that's not the case at all.


The interior is also simple and refreshing. I much prefer the shapes of the interior door pulls here. The only problem I see is that the black used for the window cranks and the radio bezel is darker and shinier than the surrounding trim. That's not encouraging. Do I have the show them my 2004 Stratus as an example of how to harmoniously blend different shades of black on a car interior?

Also, notice the seats are all black and not a mix of light stone and black as promised. That could be a regional difference as this car is not in the United States, or it could be a last minute change. In any case, I like it.

Although the clashing colors are a bit of a turnoff, I'm still more inclined to buy an S than any other Fiesta. Why? If you look at cars.com, you'll see that most of the SE models dealers plan to stock are $17k and up. Although you can theoretically get an SE for much less, the dealers don't seem to want to stock those. If you want a Fiesta under $17k it 's pretty much got to be an S.

Here's the whole set of photos:
FordFiesta2011 - a set on Flickr
 

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Another reason why Ford's dealerships are the worst part of Ford, poor service and poor selection. Every Ford dealership I've dealt with has been horrid, it was the first time I ever had to actually ask a salesman to talk to me. Usually they are all up in your grill as soon as you pull in the lot. When I finally did get their attention, they basically said "I don't know" to as many of my questions as they could.

Optioning a car like the Fiesta that is designed to be a low-cost car with a high-price interior, ride, and performance, is just bad business.
 

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Is this in a South-American market? Either way it is a smart looking ride....Looks like you still get power locks on the S.....Looks like anyone who wants to drive a Fiesta, even if they aren't a techie will be able to have what they want....and really...I feel sorry for dealers with 40 or 50 Foci on their lots because the Fiesta kicks its butt on all fronts! I would imagine most dealers will be trying to unload their Focus stock before the Fiesta's start arriving en-mass because they will be collecting dust on the lot! I parked my Fiesta next to my wife's 09 Focus last night, and we just can't tell much difference in size the trunk is almost exactly the same.....the Fiesta is a Focus killer! I guess that is why the fusion is out and the 2012 focus replaces it.
 

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Another reason why Ford's dealerships are the worst part of Ford, poor service and poor selection. Every Ford dealership I've dealt with has been horrid, it was the first time I ever had to actually ask a salesman to talk to me. Usually they are all up in your grill as soon as you pull in the lot. When I finally did get their attention, they basically said "I don't know" to as many of my questions as they could.

Optioning a car like the Fiesta that is designed to be a low-cost car with a high-price interior, ride, and performance, is just bad business.

I would agree with your observations on the Ford dealership quality, many are really awful....

I do have to disagree with your comment about having the ability to option a small car with premium accessories......

the only thing is that they should be "OPTIONS" and not mandatory..

I'd like a Fiesta 5dr HB S please.
 

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I would agree with your observations on the Ford dealership quality, many are really awful....

I do have to disagree with your comment about having the ability to option a small car with premium accessories......

the only thing is that they should be "OPTIONS" and not mandatory..

I'd like a Fiesta 5dr HB S please.
That's what I meant, sorry if I wrote it in a way to be read that way. I think options should be options, not "dealer-mandated installs".
 

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blue it would be really interesting to see if the Ford US master order specification book actually HAD a "option" for the lesser S model hatchback...I'm thinking that perhaps for fleet orders that option IS available.
Sam are you listening?

.In a few of the photos from the Mexican plant I could have sworn that I saw what appeared to be S spec 5dr hatchbacks there...

I can only hope that they will add this lower trim level next year...I know many times that lesser trim models often come the year after launch.

The lack of the Fiesta 5dr S model is a gaping hole in their portfolio if you ask me.
 

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blue it would be really interesting to see if the Ford US master order specification book actually HAD a "option" for the lesser S model hatchback...I'm thinking that perhaps for fleet orders that option IS available.
Sam are you listening?

.In a few of the photos from the Mexican plant I could have sworn that I saw what appeared to be S spec 5dr hatchbacks there...

I can only hope that they will add this lower trim level next year...I know many times that lesser trim models often come the year after launch.

The lack of the Fiesta 5dr S model is a gaping hole in their portfolio if you ask me.
I really do think we will see different trims offered next year. If there is no 3-door next year, I hope the Mazda2 comes as a 3-door.
 

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blue it would be really interesting to see if the Ford US master order specification book actually HAD a "option" for the lesser S model hatchback...I'm thinking that perhaps for fleet orders that option IS available.
Sam are you listening?

.In a few of the photos from the Mexican plant I could have sworn that I saw what appeared to be S spec 5dr hatchbacks there...

I can only hope that they will add this lower trim level next year...I know many times that lesser trim models often come the year after launch.

The lack of the Fiesta 5dr S model is a gaping hole in their portfolio if you ask me.
There is NO Fiesta S Hatchback available for order. It is the same as the current Focus, there is no Coupe S. Because the Fiesta hatchback will likely (at least at first) be less of the volume than the sedan (as the Focus coupe is less % than the Focus Sedan), it stands to reason that the # of hatchback S Fiestas sold would not be great enough to warrant the expense.

Also, S and SE are close enough that, if absolutely necessary to make a sale, dealers can sell a no option SE for not much (if any) more than an S. For leasing, it also makes sense, since the residual on a S will likely be crap. Round these parts, you can lease a Focus SE for $149/month, or $169 for an S.
 

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I like that the hatch comes as SE standard, what I don't like is that you can't get an SE hatch with no options... unless you order it that way.
 

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I think the S model sedan is the way I will go also after some soul searching. I cant justify the options and I dont care what it looks like. I admit the white looks way better than I thought it would. 14K for cheap transportation is not bad. The only thing I would really like to have is cruise control. I wonder if it can be added by the dealer? I know they can add it on F150 trucks for a fact.
I bet these wont be discounted much at all since there is not much profit in them to begin with. I cant wait to see one in person.
 

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I think the S model sedan is the way I will go also after some soul searching. I cant justify the options and I dont care what it looks like. I admit the white looks way better than I thought it would. 14K for cheap transportation is not bad. The only thing I would really like to have is cruise control. I wonder if it can be added by the dealer? I know they can add it on F150 trucks for a fact.
I bet these wont be discounted much at all since there is not much profit in them to begin with. I cant wait to see one in person.
Cruise control, the only option anyone in their right mind should absolutely have, requires a package. Everyone does this, doesn't make it right though.
 

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There is NO Fiesta S Hatchback available for order. .

Maybe not for regular consumers BUT I'm CERTAIN that I did see a 5dr HB with plastic wheel trim covers and that only comes on the S trim level..

Perhaps the S IS available for FLEET orders?
 

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I waiting on an SE sedan in white. I want a nice car, not a bottom feeder, that's why I'm not getting a Aveo for 10K. I want quiet. I want a nice interior. All my cars have been small. If I made big bucks, I'd most likely have a BMW 3 series (Wagon?) If I was rich it would be a Porsche 911. I do think the Fiesta will take Focus sales away, I most likely would have gotten an 11 Focus if there was no Fiesta. Interiors in most cars have gotten cheaper and more plactic over the years. My 85 tempo was the nicest I ever had by far. Door panels were padded vinyl with carpet on the bottom. Still had window cranks. Growing up with no A/C we used window cranks, now when every car has air, you have power windows and almost never use them.

Getting back to the white car, simple and clean looking is almost alway looks nicer, as does the photo at the begining of the post. I'm not real fond of the chrome grill on the white SE I'm getting. White and chome don't do much for me. You need contrast. My Corvair is dark blue, chrome bumbers, wheelwell trim and rocker molding. Very little chrome my mid 60's standards. I guess I should have spent less on my Fiesta, all I really want is cruise and remote locks. My SE is still a bottom feeder when compared to most cars sold.

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That is one of the great things about the Fiesta though....even in the most basic form you get what makes the Fiesta so darn good that it is likely one of the very best supermini class cars in the world...the platform.

From suspension, to steering, to shifter, to basic interior, to overall quality.....for value you really can't beat it.
 

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Maybe not for regular consumers BUT I'm CERTAIN that I did see a 5dr HB with plastic wheel trim covers and that only comes on the S trim level..

Perhaps the S IS available for FLEET orders?
The SE has 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers as standard. You have to get the Sport or the SFE to get alloys.
 

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Cruise control, the only option anyone in their right mind should absolutely have, requires a package. Everyone does this, doesn't make it right though.
This annoys me too; cruise control is a must-have for me, and if the SE had it standard I could get a Fiesta SE hatch with all the "must-haves" for under 17 grand. As it is I'd have to get the Sport Appearance Package to get cruise control which adds another $255. That's not a big addition in price, but cruise control should be standard in the first place.
 
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