Ford Fiesta Sport Van 1.6TDCI five-speed manual
What is it?
‘Pocket rocket’ could have been coined for this version of Ford’s Fiesta van.
It’s the top model in the Ford Fiesta van range, which comprises the basic van, ECOnetic van, the Trend and the Sport.
Based on the best-selling Ford Fiesta hatchback, it’s not a van for businesses that need to carry much of a load, but if a car-derived van is all you need for the job, then the Fiesta is definitely worth considering.
It’s up against the Fiat Punto Van, which is similar in size, and also the the 0.9cu m Vauxhall Corsavan, which is slightly smaller.
So what do you get for your money?
At £13,570 OTR it’s not cheap for a car-derived van, and is more than £800 dearer than the Vauxhall Corsavan Sportive 1.3CDTi 16v 95.
But it’s easy to see why some might think the extra outlay is worth it for a van that’s so well equipped and fun to drive.
With Ford’s stylish ‘family face’, it looks terrific. The 16in 12-spoke alloys, sports-style bumpers and sport front grille add to the racy appearance. Our test van had optional 17in x 7in alloy wheels shod with 205/40 tyres – £100 extra.
Ease yourself into the sports seats – unique to the Sport model – and it almost feels as though you’re behind the wheel of a sports car. The effect is enhanced by the leather-trimmed steering wheel and interior trim. Indeed, the interior is as slick as the exterior.
The controls and instruments are well designed. A radio/CD player with DAB, 3.5in dot-matrix display, AUX and USB connection are fitted as well as Ford SYNC with Emergency Assist, which is designed to help the driver place a call to the emergency services.
Other refinements include air conditioning, cruise control, body-coloured power-folding heated door mirrors and a very efficient ‘Quickclear’ heated front screen.
In terms of safety, the Sports Van has Ford’s Intelligent Protection System with driver and passenger front airbags, plus side airbags and driver’s knee airbag. ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and Electronic Stability Programme with Hill Start Assist plus Emergency Brake Assist are also part of the package.
The Sport Van is powered by a 95hp four-cylinder turbo-diesel Duratorq engine which produces a healthy dollop of torque at 200Nm.
There’s no element of fraud about those sporty looks – this power plant will propel the Sport Van from standstill to 62mph in 12.9 seconds and, where legal, on to a top speed of 113mph.
The lowered ride height and sports-tuned suspension keep the van hugging the road and the precise steering and slick five-speed box make the driving experience even more enjoyable.
As for cargo carrying, with a 1cu m loadspace, anything bulky is ruled out. For around-town courier work, or maintenance visits with a toolbox and low-volume spares on board, the Fiesta Sport Van would be ideal. Being based on a hatchback, there’s a fairly high sill to contend with.
The loadspace has a steel bulkhead with mesh upper section, four DIN-compliant cargo tie-down hooks, sidewall trim and a tough rubber floor mat.
The Sports Van is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Service intervals are set at 12,500 miles/12 months. That’s a lower mileage than the 20,000/12-month service interval of the Corsavan Sportive and more frequent than 21,000-mile/24-month interval of the Punto Van.
- Looks fantastic – Ford’s sleek ‘family face’ works well on this small van and the racy sports body styling and sports wheels add to the overall effect
- Comfortable, well-equipped cab
- Sporty performance – it’s hard to believe it’s a diesel
- Great level of standard equipment
- Doubles as a fun car at the weekends
- Optional rear parking sensors were especially effective
- Good fuel consumption – a combined cycle of 78.5mpg is stated
- Only 1 cubic metre of cargo space
- Hatchback-style rear door prevents flat horizontal loading and cargo has to be lifted over lower ridge
- Can’t be used for towing
- Service intervals could seem to come round quickly
Business Vans’ verdict
You won’t be considering the Fiesta Sport Van unless it suits your type of trade. But for speedy deliveries of non-bulky items and for maintenance work, it certainly fills the bill. It looks sexy (especially in red!) and is terrific fun to drive. So if you need a car-derived van that’ll put a smile on your face every time you fire it up, and will double as a sporty weekend ride when off duty, you should check out this feisty Fiesta.
What you need to know
|Basic price ex-VAT||£13,570.00|
|Load width (between wheel arches)||1004mm|
|Load area||1cu m|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked||n/a|
|Engine||1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo-diesel|