Hatch, always the hatch. The Fiesta was designed primarily as a hatch, if I'm not mistaken, and they only introduced the sedan because Americans are crazy and don't like hatches for whatever reason. I kind of think the sedan looks a little awkward and afterthought-ey, like they tried to glue a trunk on as best they could.
Ok, I'll be the first sedan vote. I thought the Verve sedan concept was the best looking Ford sedan of the decade. I really didn't care for the Fiesta before seeing it. The production sedan definitely loses a lot from the concept but still comes out better than any other small sedan in the world. I was never a fan of these small hatchbacks with the upright rooflines that make them look like wagons or vans. To me, the sedan doesn't look like something was tacked on, the hatch looks like it had something cut off.
But that's just me, I'm glad Ford's bringing both body styles.
You know, you're right about the unflattering pics - the photos you linked to show the car in a much better light. With the pronounced swage line, it really shows it's family connection to the big-brother Focus (US-Spec). I hadn't realized that until seeing those images, but that's gonna be good if Ford intends to offer a cohesive design strategy.
I'm glad they're bringing both styles over, too. Lots of people would avoid this great little car if it only came over with a hatch, and I really hope it's successful.
I'm a hatch man for sure (drive a Focus Zx3 hatch), but I do not think that Chinese sedan looks all that bad. Compare it to the other sedans in the class and I think it will be one of the better looking choices.
Even though I currently own a sedan Focus, I definitely prefer hatchbacks (what can I say, I'm Canadian, so I'm fairly sure it's mandated). I'm trying to sway my wife away from the Nissan Cube, or Versa (which she owned last year) to buy a Fiesta when she graduates next year. I really wish the Ford Canada website was updated a little quicker though... the US site always has information, pricing, etc much much sooner, so it's hard to sell the car to her..
No question the hatch version is the best looking and the most practical to boot (no pun intended)
The sedan looks UNgainly and forced. Sure I know that all the "experts" claim that the need to have a sedan because Mericans don't like HBs but I think that trend was coming to an end about 5 yearts ago. The Americans that will consider buying the Fiesta or somethink like it no longer hold this stereo type, not to mention that most of the potential buyers will clearly opt for the hatch.
I still can't believe that Ford DROPPED the HBs from the hacked MKI focus refresh a couple of years ago, what a mistake!!!!!!
As for Dearborn compromising the basic goodness of the FoE product. I have my suspicions.
I made some accurate but biting comments about what Dearborn is doing with the NA spec Fiesta and sure enough those threads were mysteriously Dropped from this new site and interestinly someone tried to break into my focaljet account as well just a feww days ago. . Hmmmm. I might have to contact Mr. Mulally on this one!
Late to the party, but Im the second sedan vote. I just think the design is more coherent with some rear overhang and the roofline blends in so well. The Asian/North American Verve concepts work for me. Three door hatches, yes, they work, as I had a MK1, but not five door. Note that VW charges a premium for and sells more Jettas than Rabbits in the US. I consider the Fiesta sedan a bargain as it is less than a hatch of the same trim level.
5-door hatch FTW. the chrome three-bar grille on the sedan just doesn't look right to me. I remember when I saw the NA sedan in person and thought to myself "UGH". thankfully the NA hatch looks mostly like the EU hatch.
The hatch looks better, but there's not much storage space unless you put the back seat down. The storage space is very narrow due to the wheel wells. It looks like it would be difficult to store golf clubs in the back. The trunk in the sedan is actually pretty decent size for a car in this class.
The extra 14 inches in overall length not only looks better, apparently only to me, but also increases useful storage volume, especially with the rear seat in use. The trunk volume is the same as larger class cars, and the split fold down rear seat makes the Fiesta sedan more useful than the Yaris sedan, which lacks it.
Well, concerning the golf clubs, you can't fit them sideways in the back of the hatch. I don't think you could with the sedan either. Concerning cargo space, mathmatically, the sedan may have more cargo room, but the opening of the sedan's trunk greatly affects what you can put in it. I can fit all sorts of stuff in my Fiesta hatch that won't fit in either my brother's Focus sedan or my dad's Fusion. Both have way more cargo area on paper, but have no way to actually get stuff into it. The last trip my wife and I went on we fit all of our luggage (2 very large suitcases, 2 roller small/medium carry-on suitcases, 3 duffle bags, and 2 backpacks) for two weeks in the back of the Fiesta hatch and only had a backpack and small duffle on the rear seat. When we got to Florida and picked up our Focus rental car, we could only fit 2 suitcases in the trunk. The duffle bags, carry on bags, and backpacks all had to sit on the back seat. Way more room in the Fiesta than in the Focus.