This the Mk8 Fiesta belonging to Mr Hertz which he took back today. He had to take it back on a truck because lockdown restrictions meant I couldn’t drive it back to him.
American readers can’t buy one, but if they could they would find differences between theirs and mine.
Let’s explore a few.
It’s powered, though not very much, by a 1.1 NA triple with 70 bhp. They wouldn’t like that.
To explain the numbers, 1,645 kg is the max allowable gross weight, 2,395 is the max with a trailer (so 750 kg trailer), the two 830 kgs are the front and rear max axle loadings.
Opening the boot, we don’t find an emergency release lever.
Nothing stopping a car maker fitting one, but they’re not required in the EU and margins are tight. Every cent counts.
On the outside of the front light cluster we don’t find side marker lights. They’re allowed in the EU and are subject to regs if fitted, but money. Few makers do them. Also, and not shown, the only orange lights at the front are the indicators. Orange side/parking lights like the Americans use are illegal. They must be white.
There are rear fog lights, operated by the little switch to the left of the main one. The headlights are (and are required to be) adjustable for height to avoid dazzling people if there’s a lot of weight in the back. You press the knob in the middle of the switch, it pops out and you twiddle it.
Note the three pedals. Dodgy DCTs aren’t an issue for Ford here.
A thing we share though is visibility, or the lack of same. Look at the windscreen pillar. There’s a small window in the corner but you can’t actually see out it.