Ford renewed its attack on the small CDV market at the end of 2003, after a gap of two years, with the new Fiesta Van.
Power comes from a 1.4-litre, 68hp, common rail turbodiesel. Peak torque of 160Nm occurs at a lowly 1,750rpm. The alternative is a 90hp 1.6TDCi found under the bonnet of the SportVan. The 1.4 is an excellent small capacity engine and endows Fiesta Van with lively performance while remaining refined. The SportVan is seriously good fun and a great deal quicker.
The manual five-speed gearbox has a slick and precise action and is positioned quite high off the floor which makes gearchanges effortless. Ride and handling are well up to par and the brakes provide secure stopping power. Anti-lock is a standard fitment, we are glad to report.
The 1.0m3 load area has a 647mm loading height, a maximum length of 1,320mm and 980mm between the wheel boxes. Gross payload is 494kg.
The cab is spacious considering thev an’s external dimensions and features remote double central locking — including deadlocking— height-adjustable driver’s seat and dual-stage airbags for both occupantsThe half-height solid bulkhead can be topped off with a mesh grille for £100. As far as in-cab storage space is concerned there’s a pocket in each door, a lidded glovebox with pen and cup holders, a big tray at the bottom of the stylish facia and a moulding to hold a cup of coffee or a can. Air conditioning is up for grabs for an additional £400.
Fuel consumption is excellent for the 1.4TDCi at 60mpg and this gives it a range in excess of 400 miles. Service intervals are set at 12,500 miles and Fiesta Van comes with a three year/60,000 mile warranty.
Fiesta Van has all the makings of a winner. Build quality is rock solid and we heartily recommend the 1.4TDCi.