Ford Fiesta gains knee and side airbags, price cut by up to A$1500

Ford has reduced the price of its Fiesta hatch range by between A$600 and A$1,500, and added side curtain/thorax and driver’s side knee airbags to the entry-level CL model.

By making these airbags standard across the hatch range, all of Ford’s passenger car range now qualifies for 5-star safety ratings. The above mentioned airbags were already standard on the mid-range LX and top-of-the-range Zetec, but were previously a A$600 option on the CL.

CL hatches are now A$1,500 cheaper and start from A$15,490. LX models have been reduced by A$1,200 to A$17,790, while Zetec versions now begin at A$20,490 (a drop of A$500). The standard drivetrain on the Fiesta is a 89kW/151Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission; changing to 6-speed auto adds A$2,000 to the price.

Going for the 66kW/200Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, only available on the LX and Zetec, increases the asking price by A$2,500; the only transmission offered with the diesel is a 5-speed manual.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]