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Ford Fiesta Econetic 1.6 (2010)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2010

With the Fiesta Econetic, Ford has turned their classy light car offering into the most fuel-efficient car currently in our market. This gives it bragging rights over hybrid models including, as Ford cheekily point out in their ads, the recall-embattled Toyota Prius.

Its specially calibrated turbo-diesel engine undercuts the Prius’s official combined consumption of 3.9 litres/100 km by a slim 0.2 litres/100 km. But price-wise it undercuts the Toyota by a far more significant amount – more than $15,000 based on the Ford’s current ‘drive-away’ pricing.

That said, Suzuki’s fuel sipper (4.8 litres/100 km), the arguably less endearing Alto, is about half the Ford’s price. By light car standards, Econetic is one of the dearer offerings. However, it shares equipment and safety features with the premium Fiesta model, the Zetec.

The small Ford’s economical ways don’t mean putting up with tardy performance though. The turbo-diesel engine pulls quite well, especially in the mid-range and feels at home trundling around town or up the highway. A ‘green’ shift indicator light shows when to up-shift the five-speed manual box for best economy. There’s no auto version currently.

Weight-saving measures mean the spare wheel has been ditched in favour of a can of sealant and a mini compressor. Despite riding on smaller 14 inch steel wheels shod with low-rolling-resistance rubber, Econetic still retains nimble fun-to-drive handling.

Ford Fiesta Econetic 1.6 2010


Fuel economy, performance, nimble handling, safety


Price, no spare wheel, no auto option

Key features

Airconditioning, CD player, cruise control, steering tilt and reach adjustment, power mirrors and front windows, ‘green’ up-shift indicator light, leather trim steering wheel


Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), stability and traction control, and dual front, front side head and thorax and driver’s knee airbags

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model Fiesta Econetic 1.6
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2010
Price when new $24,990 (drive away) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.6-litre, Duratorq, common rail turbo-diesel
Max power 66 kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 14 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 25.5 m
Economy ADR 3.7 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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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.