Lunch Break at Antonio’s Grill with Ford Fiesta S

Last Friday, on a suppose to be busy day for the Metro the guys at Ford Philippines invited us for a Lunch Break to Tagaytay to get a hands-on experience on the all-new Ford Fiesta S. We all converged to Ford at Fort Bonifacio at 10:00AM, five of us bloggers were greeted by five different colors of Fiesta S. DigitalSpidey was privileged to take the wheel of the Chilli Orange. (This color is only available on the 1.6 5-door top-of-the-line model.) 

It was a convoy of five Ford Fiesta S, a real head turner in the highway! Few sub-compact cars competing with the Fiesta S tried to overtake us while on SLEX. ;) Let’s get it straight. Driving the sub-compact Sport Series Ford Fiesta will make you smile! It gets you to 140km/hr speed and the car yet this little baby still run stable.

Earlier this year DigitalSpidey and Calvinshub were able to test the Sedan model of Fiesta. We took it to Sta. Rosa for a day of fun at the Enchanted Kingdom on their 15th Anniversary, and I personally used it in the city in the next couple of days and one thing I noticed is the fuel efficiency. It was delivered to us full tank, stayed with us for about a week and we returned it still half the tank. The Sedan model has 1.6L and 1.4L variations.

The actual experience.
On to the Fiesta S model, this one is different sporty & techie ride which will be liked by many young professionals, students and probably Mommies on the go. There is one comment I would like to make though, the arm rest and the controls are really made for an average Asian, smaller than Pinoys. :) You should see for yourself and decide. But, other than that – the ride, suspension, the hands-free voice control technology via Bluetooth, the Hill Launch assist which will not require you to engage the handbreak on inclined scenario, are all superb.  Another feature I noticed is the wheel stability, the faster you drive the car the more stable the steering wheel, you will never feel that you are driving a sub-compact car. On a slower speed, you get to experience the real power steering which helps you maneuvering specially in a very challenging parking lots.

I tried the hands-free feature of the car, Anika (AVP for Corporate Comm of Ford PH) helped me paired my Blackberry to it and on the way back to Manila, I excused myself to my passenger and started making calls to my clients while driving. It was one of the cool features of the car.

According to the guys at Ford Philippines, the new Fiesta will be available in three models: Style, Trend and Sport. The three trim options are offered in the following configurations: Style is in a 1.4L 4-door manual transmission, while the Trend trim is available in both a 1.4L and a 1.6L engine in both 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback, and the Sport model boasts of a 1.6L 5-door hatch back body with 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

All of these will be built in a new USD 500-million passenger car facility at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) in Rayong, Thailand.

Pricing.
The Ford Fiesta line-up still starts at a P670,000 for the Style in 1.4L 4-door sedan with manual transmission.

The 1.4L Trend models are priced at P685,000 with a choice of either a 4-door or 5-door in manual transmission, while the 1.6L Trend models touting Ford’s 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, standard ESP and Hill Launch Assist are also available in either sedan or hatchback with a price tag of P766,000.

The Ford Fiesta Sport variant is priced at P816,000. coming equipped with a 1.6L 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission as well as SRS airbags on both passenger and driver’s side and the In-Car Entertainment package of Voice Control with USB Connectivity and Bluetooth.

Some useful links:
Ford Fiesta FB Page
Ford Fiesta webpage
Digitalspidey’s Photo Coverage

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  • http://www.thephilippineisland.com Philippines Pride

    This is my dream car… Ford is known for its durability and high performance engine although its a bit pricey compare to the other brands..

  • http://aboutheironwagon.blogspot.com jam @ All About the Iron Wagon

    Interesting read here as I’m considering to buy a fiesta and searching for user reviews of it. Cheers and more power always ;-)

  • http://touringbuddy.com/ gellie bean

    Antonio’s Grill was a great place to hang-out and eat.
    and with your car!? BAMM!! you look cool ^^

  • http://thetechnoherald.blogspot.com Gio

    A great place to go to for a nice if you are craving for barbecue and grill.

  • http://lowellmd202.blogspot.com/ Lowell N. Avenido

    great place. fun drive with a high tech car. very convenient.. will follow your next post.

  • http://thejourneyofus888.blogspot.com/ itsmej

    wow….very nice…

  • http://www.eventlovershideout.com/ Event Lover

    nice blog ! it’s so cool having a car like that ! :P

  • http://digitalspidey.com Spidey

    Hi Mark,

    You can go ahead, just make a back link to us pls. TY.

    @Melissa – raffy AT digitalspidey DOT com.

  • http://pepperconn.com Melissa Soo

    Hihi!
    Can I have your email address pls?
    Thanks :)

  • http://www.p-3.ph Mark Bantigue

    Hello.

    I like the tone and simplicity of your blog. I’m asking permission to feature the ‘Lunchbreak at Antonio’s Grill’ blog entry on P3.

    P3, http://www.p-3.ph, is a crowd-sourced, progressive, online Philippine news magazine that features blogs with perspectives on modern Filipino culture, progress-minded, social responsibility, environmentalism, and tolerance.

    May I feature your blog post? I will provide all the necessary links and description of your blog.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.domki.pensjonatcrystal.eu Domki letniskowe Solina

    very good blog…interesing

  • http://www.kapihannijuan.com Kapihan ni Juan

    I’m sure this would be a nice car.

  • http://cebuanddavao.com/ Nonoy

    Very nice. I notice the new design of Ford looks similar to that of Honda hatchback. Just an opinion. But I like the prices are fare. I really like Ford cuz they have powerful engines; the V8 I guess? They run fast, not like the typical wanna-be fast cars. :-)

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