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Ford Fiesta CL 1.6 5 door (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2009

Ford's 6th generation Fiesta looks distinctive, while improvements under the skin ensure that it remains one of the class leaders.

The 1.6-litre engine is energetic, with a smooth delivery through the rev range. The five-speed manual gearbox has a precise feel and sensible ratios. A light, progressive clutch and a stall-prevention system add appeal.

Highlights include good steering and ride, plus nimble handling that is well beyond what's expected from cars in this price range. 

A non-locking fuel filler flap seems like penny-pinching, and electronic stability is part of a $1000 option pack on CL and LX models.

Ford Fiesta CL 1.6 5-door 2009


Driving dynamics, spirited performance


Non locking fuel flap, no ESC

Key features

Airconditioning, 15 steel wheels, CD, rake and reach steering adjustment


Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, front seatbelt pretensioners

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model Fiesta CL 1.6, 5-door
Vehicle type Light Under $20,000
Year 2009
Price when new $17,190 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.