Ford's new vantastic Fiesta now available to order

THE new Ford Fiesta Van is now available to order, with ex-VAT prices starting at £16,715.

The vehicle shares its bodyshell with the three-door Fiesta passenger car but adds a flat rear load floor, four tie-down points and a full-height bulkhead with steel mesh upper-half for improved rear visibility. Gross payload is up to 531kg with a 1,283mm maximum load length giving a 0.96m3 load volume.

The latest version of the Fiesta's venerable utility variant is now offers the choice of a standard petrol 118hp EcoBoost engine or a 123hp EcoBoost mild hybrid powertrain, the latter providing combined fuel efficiency of 55.4mpg WLTP.

With combined WLTP CO2 emissions of 115g/km, the EcoBoost Hybrid engine features a belt-driven integrated starter/generator which can restart the engine in just 350 milliseconds, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack, run the vehicle's electrical ancillaries and provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration.

The Entry level Trend trim starts at £16,715 (ex-VAT) and comes with 15-inch steel wheels and a revised interior, while Sport models are priced from £16,790 (ex-VAT) and get their own distinctive honeycomb front grille, 17-inch metallic-finish alloy wheels, lowered suspension and a revised two-tone interior.

Optional extras include a Parking Pack with Active Park Assist that can detect suitably-sized parking spaces and deliver hands-free perpendicular and parallel parking. A rear-view camera also supports when parking and reversing.

All models benefit from standard LED headlights, while optional Matrix LED headlights can adapt their beam patterns according to need. Manoeuvring Light and Bad-Weather Light functions are triggered when sensors detect a low-speed manoeuvre or the activation of windscreen wipers, and automatically adjust the beam pattern to help the driver see more clearly.

In addition, the Glare-Free High Beam uses a front-mounted camera to detect oncoming traffic and create a 'glare-free spot' within the beam pattern to prevent dazzling other road users.

Further available technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking, Lane-Keeping Aid and Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking.

Customers can also specify Ford's SYNC communications and information system with an 8-inch touchscreen and a navigation system with Live Traffic updates and Local Hazard Information to help drivers stay on schedule.

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