Introduced in Spring 2009, Fiesta Van is based on the three-door version of the widely applauded Fiesta car and is available in three levels of trim; Base, Trend and SportVan.
Three engine options are on the table, starting with a 1.3-litre 82hp petrol. Of more interest, however, are the two TDCi diesels. There’s a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre capable of 68hp (160Nm) and 90hp (200Nm) respectively. All the engines drive the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Both diesels are pretty civilised and up to the job, but the 1.4 can run out of puff on the motorway; that’s not the case for the 1.6. SportVan can only be had with the latter, incidentally, with or without a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Electric power steering is fitted and disc brakes feature at the front with drums at the rear. ABS is standard across the range with SportVan also benefitting from ESP.
The load area is accessed via the wide-opening rear hatch and provides 1.0m3 of usable space. Four load-tie rings are provided, the maximum load length is 1,296mm and the width between the wheel boxes is 1,000mm. A half-height composite bulkhead provides protection for the cab occupants.
Specification is high with even the Base trim including electric windows, door mirrors, a height-adjustable steering column and MP3-compatible radio/CD player; a 3.5mm Aux-In socket is provided to plug in an iPod or the like. Move up to Trend spec and you get colour-coded and heated door mirrors which fold at the flick of a switch, front fog lights, heated windscreen and automatic wiper and headlight activation. SportVan adds alloy wheels, manual air con, Bluetooth connectivity and sports seats and suspension to the list.
Service interval is 12,500 miles and Fiesta Van comes with a three-year/100,000 mile warranty.
The latest Fiesta Van is a little gem. Great design and good engines to boot.