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Brand new ford fiesta price in south africa
Everyone is feeling the nip of winter on their toes so we thought we’d bring you news of two hot new models that will definitely get you fired up. The brand new Ford Fiesta ST is a real chilli pepper, bite-sized but red hot! Ford’s new models are selling like hot cakes, and this little hot hatch will definitely add to their status as an ever-fresh brand.
The all-new Mercedes A-Class is a stunning new entry level model from the German giant and it’s bound to catch the eye of younger drivers who want to make a statement. Plus we bring you another instalment in our popular legal series, this time focusing on Capital Gains Tax and what it means for owners when they sell their properties. Pour yourself a hot cuppa, sit back and enjoy!
It was the moment many hot hatch fans had been praying for: Ford announced early this year that, at long last, there would be an all-new ST version of the ever popular Ford Fiesta released in South Africa.
Now there hasn’t been a Ford Fiesta ST in South Africa since 2008 so you can understand why fans of the little hatch should be excited. Not only that but Ford has done since a good job of the Fiesta that it is now one of their best-selling models (it was 15 on the list of the 50 top selling cars in SA in May). Best of all this Fiesta ST has had a worldwide launch, so it reaches us only two months behind the US and Europe.
So what exactly is in the box (and more importantly, under the hood)? Well for starters let’s consider the engine. You get an all-new unit that is based on a 1,6 litre. Of course, that doesn’t sound like much but these days Ford are doing amazing things with small engines. So it comes as no surprise that this 1,6 litre is turbo-charged and shoves out a very respectable 134KW and 240Nm.
What’s power without control though and Ford has ensured that this little chilli pepper’s racing pedigree is evident throughout. So you also get Torque Vectoring Control to eliminate torque steer, plus three mode Electronic Stability Control to make sure you don’t go flying off the sharp and twisty bends and end up feeling all embarrassed. Steering is also more direct than the rest of the Fiesta range and there’s a super notchy 6 speed manual gearbox for short, quick gear changes. Above all, this is a car for people who enjoy the driving experience.
Brakes are also upgraded (with discs at the rear as well) and the seats are by Recaro. Finally you get a lowered, stiffer suspension and ST-exclusive 17-inch alloys with 205/40 rubber to keep you where you need to be – on the road. Apart from that there isn’t much else to distinguish it from the standard Fiesta. Oh, you do get a very nice ST badged steering wheel, plus aluminium pedals and gear knob and twin exhaust pipes. And a large ST badge on the back. But Ford has largely chosen to put the lolly where it counts – into the engine and the chassis.
Where the Fiesta really shines is the ample amount of torque on tap. Peak torque is available right from 1,600 all the way through to 5,000rpm. So you can just stomp on the gas and feel that power surging and surging and surging… awesome! And of course, the other joy is that with the stiffened chassis, beefed up shocks and lowered suspension, you can go charging into those corners and still come out the other end with a huge smile on your face.
Ford has even added a soundtrack to your driving experience. As in the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST includes a sound symposer, which creates that highly sought-after throaty roar when you push the engine. What is this doodad? Well, it’s basically a tube with valves and a resonator which filters the engine induction noise to create a symphony of exhaust notes to delight any petrol head’s senses. Sure, it’s a bit of a gimmick but if it means all five senses will get to enjoy the experience simultaneously, who cares? And this car is all about getting your senses tingling.
So speed wise, what are we talking here? Well, the all-important 0 – 100km/h test yields an impressive 6.9 seconds. That’s a 15km/h faster than the old model. Nice…. Top speed is 220 km/h. Interestingly, Ford lists fuel consumption as 5,9 litres per 100 km/h. Now, that I find a little hard to believe, given that most people will be sorely tempted to put pedal to the metal, after all, isn’t that what the car is made for?
Price-wise the Fiesta will set you back R254,500. Not exactly cheap as chips, but there are very few other cars in that price bracket that can offer this much spice in the daily driving experience. And after all, you only live once, so why not enjoy yourself?
One final note: At this time the nearest competitor to the Fiesta ST is VW Polo GTi. While this vehicle no doubt inherits a huge amount of street cred from its big brother, the Golf GTi, it has its work cut out competing with the ST. Primarily the issue is one of price. The GTi sells for R283,900 and that’s without a service plan (add a further R12K if you want that). The Fiesta is almost R30K cheaper and it comes with a four year / 60,000km service plan.
The only thing you’d have to pay extra for is the metallic paint, which will set you back another R750. Colours are the same as the standard Fiesta, with the exception of the orange which is exclusive to the ST models.
Not only that, but the Fiesta also has more tech features than the Polo, like its SYNC technology (for voice-activated phone and digital music connectivity) and the MyKey system, which allows you to set the maximum speed (on the slim chance that you might actually lend the car to someone). One thing, though, is that the GTi is a four door, whereas the ST is a two door. So if carrying passengers is a factor, then the Polo will have an edge for that reason alone.
Mercedes A-Class: Beautiful baby Benz
One of the more exciting automotive events to happen earlier this year was the release of an all-new Mercedes Benz A-Class. What’s exciting is that, while Mercedes Benz are known for their luxury sedans, the A-Class is a proper hatchback to rival existing classics like the Golf and A3. It’s also completely new, from top to bottom and stem to stern.
The final bit of excitement is that this Merc is actually quite affordable – prices start at R275 500 – which means it brings the understated quality and refinement of what is arguably Germany’s most famous automotive brand within reach of a much greater portion of the car market.
In particular, it should appeal to the younger generation who dream of owning an Audi A3 or Golf one day. Clearly Mercedes wants to move away from its ‘grey temples and a 3 piece suit’ image and has created the A Class in the hopes that it will get young people more excited about the brand.
South Africans will be treated to six models of the A-Class, both petrol and diesel. The top of the range is the A250 Sport which retails for R395 000. According to Mercedes Benz, there will also be an AMG version available before the end of the year.
Engine sizes range from 80KW to 155KW and the Mercedes people believe they have really earned their green stripes too, with tailpipe emissions coming in at a very eco-friendly 98g of CO2 per kilometre.
It’s obvious that MB are very excited about this model and its potential for sales in hatchback crazy South Africa. And so they should be. Without a doubt, the new A-Class is one drop dead sexy beast. It’s also gob-smackingly beautiful. And that’s not just our opinion…
In fact, the Merc was awarded the title of ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2012’ after a worldwide competition, hosted by French TV channel Eurosport. They received over 100,000 votes from car nuts in 52 different countries and the A-Class emerged victorious.
When you get past the stunning good looks, and consider the nuts and bolts of the thing, even the most demanding motorist would come away impressed. Even the base model includes six speed manual transmission (you can also opt for the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic), multi-function steering wheel, aircon, electric windows, tyre pressure loss warning as well as the essential gear like a six CD audio system, multiple airbags, front fog lights and a start/stop ECO function to save you petrol while you sit idling at red lights.
Under the hood of the A180 and A200 models you find a new direct injection 1.6 litre engine with outputs of 9OKW/200Nm and 115KW/250Nm respectively. The A250 Sport model’s 2 litre turbo-boosted plant is good for 155KW/250Nm and with covering 0 – 100kmh in just 6.6 seconds is a refined hot hatch to rival the Golf GTi.
Fans of torquey and frugal diesel engines are well catered for. You get the A180 CDI which will give you 80KW/260Nm and is apparently super-efficient with a consumption rating of 3,8 litres per 100km. Then there is the A220 CDI, a real torque monster which pushes out 125KW/350Nm.
Moving inside the quality of materials that Mercedes Benz is famous for is in strong evidence. Two large round dials, each containing a smaller dial set, dominate the instrument cluster, with striking white pointer inlays (the sportier Urban and AMG model trim options are red with a silver dial featuring a chequered flag effect). The three spoke leather steering wheel features no less than 12 function buttons and an electro-plated Merc logo bezel.
Bells and whistles
There are plenty of extra bells and whistles to help keep you safe on your journey, including the Attention Assist function, which warns you if you start feeling drowsy while driving at night or on long journeys. There is also a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist and the Pre-Safe system that prepares the cabin for an impending collision.
Even though it’s the entry level Merc, the A-Class is also pretty roomy. Three mid-size passengers will fit comfortably on the back seat and the boot volume is 341 litres, pretty respectable for a car that doesn’t have a boot! Plus, being a hatch, you can fold the back seats down, which increases the capacity to a massive 1157 litres.
No doubt the A-Class will turn heads as it wafts by. When you see it from the front, it looks like an ordinary Merc, but as soon its moved past you, and that cute rear end is disappearing into the distance, you know everything has changed for Germany’s most serious automotive brand.
Whether it will do its job of pulling new recruits to the Mercedes Benz cause and away from the extremely loyal Volkwagen and BMW remains to be seen, but the new A-Class certainly has done the job of making a rather staid brand seem youthful and fun again.
A 180 BlueEfficiency - R275 000
A 200 BlueEfficiency - R298 000
A 180 CDI BlueEfficiency AT - R310 000
A 180 CDI BlueEfficiency - R300 000
A 220 CDI BlueEfficiency - R355 000
A 250 Sport - R395 000