Ace of Base: 2019 Ford Fiesta S

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
ace of base 2019 ford fiesta s

One of the advantages when getting rid of (or leaving) something is the propensity to use up supplies on your way out the door. Moving out tomorrow? Better drink all that beer in the fridge. Trading the car in this afternoon? Let’s drive around to burn off the remaining fuel we put in the tank last week.

It would seem the Blue Oval subscribes to this theory as well. With all of its cars headed to the glue factory, some base models have actually gained features while keeping their sticker price steady.

Case in point? The Fiesta S, now with air conditioning.

Stickering at just $14,260, the entry-level Fiesta sedan has picked up a few toys on its way out the door. Gotta use up all that inventory, I guess. Conditioned air is now standard, along with a backup camera and stereo system with six speakers. The unit still looks like Worf’s forehead but at least it includes Bluetooth.

A 1.6-liter inline-four lives under the hood, making 120 horsepower and good for 30 mpg on the combined cycle when hooked to the five-speed manual. Note that the 1.0L has gone away for 2019, not that it would make the Ace of Base grade, anyway. New drivers in places like San Francisco will appreciate the hill-holder function, at least when they’re not dodging homeless people on rechargeable scooters.

The driver’s seat now adjusts six different ways. Paired with a tilt/telescope wheel, all but NBA stars should be able to make themselves comfortable in the driver’s chair of the Fiesta. Not mentioned in the literature but illustrated in pictures (so check for yourself at the dealer) are height-adjustable seatbelts, a comfort feature not found at any price in some expensive new pickups. Windows here are of the crank-‘em variety.

This sedanlet does have a 60/40 folding rear seat, worth noting since base models would sometimes cheap out and deploy a unit that folded as a single piece (100/0, perhaps?) or not at all. Rear seat riders will also find their own climate ducting.

Styling is always subjective, but the Fiesta is kind of, just, there. At least a couple of dramatic character lines break up the side view and it does not have a tragic rear overhang like the woeful Versa sedan, a machine which makes a Beirut taxi look attractive. Sadly, only three colors are on offer in the base model, though you can have any interior shade you want so long as it’s black.

Generally unstated in this series but worth mentioning this time around is the likely presence of rebates as dealers try to shuffle the last of these sedan off their lots. Right now, some markets have a $1,000 incentive on 2019 models. Pair that with its newfound content, and the base Fiesta sings a pretty good farewell song.

[Images: Ford]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones that have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Nov 28, 2018

    Last generation Jetta S. 1.4 liter 5 speed, 32 mpg. A/C, full controls on the wheel, acceptable electronics. $17k. Doesn't feel like a penalty box. Power windows and locks. IRS, even...that last bit disappeared again on the base car. Leased for $180 per month. Seats look cheap but are comfortable, and I'm whiny about seating. The cheap car has pretty much exactly the same parts as the R or TDI and its a fascinating study of how they make the cheap car different in feel over the more luxury or sport intended vehicle. The Jetta is missing some soundproofing and absent AWD it's all about degree. Drove a Sentra once. It hurt.

  • Akear Akear on Nov 29, 2018

    Ford sucks at making cars. Case Closed.

  • Brett Woods 2023 Corvette base model.
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  • Poltergeist Make sure you order the optional Dungdai fire suppression system.
  • Prabirmehta I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.
  • Conundrum Three cylinder Ford Escapes, Chevy whatever it is that competes, and now the Rogue. Great, ain't it? Toyota'll be next with a de-tuned GR Corolla/Yaris powerplant. It's your life getting better and better, yes indeed. A piston costs money, you know.The Rogue and Altima used to have the zero graviy foam front seats. Comfy, but the new Rogue dumps that advance. Costs money. And that color-co-ordinated gray interior, my, ain't it luvverly? Ten years after they perfected it in the first Versa to appeal to the terminally depressed, it graduates to the Rogue.There's nothing decent to buy on the market for normal money. Not a damn thing interests me at all.