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The Ford Fiesta van has the comforts and features of the Fiesta car, which makes it easier to get around in. The Fiesta is available for business van leasing with Leasing Options and comes equipped with ABS brakes and tinted windows. There is an option available for you to add additional features to your Ford Fiesta van lease including, a reverse parking sensor and a 12V accessory socket, as well as having a choice of colours to choose from.
Ford’s Fiesta van gets off to a great start in life in being based on their Fiesta supermini. The carrying capacity isn’t huge but its driving experience, design and build quality set new standards for the sector.
By far and away the simplest route to creating a class leading small car-derived van is to start with a class leading small car. Which in the Fiesta is exactly what Ford have. Having done the hard work in creating it, the boys at the Blue Oval weren’t above tearing out the back seats to bring us the Fiesta van.
If having considered that, you conclude that your needs are less cubic capacity-orientated, then the Fiesta van might prove to be a very effective choice.
On the road, if you’re familiar with the previous generation Fiesta van, your experience should be that this model has a more solid feel, despite the fact that it’s 40kgs lighter. Electrically assisted power steering made its debut on this generation model, technology that has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, the feeling no longer being as if you were at the wheel of a PlayStation. I particularly like the ‘Stall Prevention’ feature, designed to help in low speed manoeuvres by altering the engine’s ignition profile and preventing that embarrassing stalling moment when there’s a queue of traffic behind you.
With most vans, operators will choose diesel power without even thinking about it but with one this small likely to cover very restricted mileages, petrol might still be a viable option, so it’s just as well that the 80PS 1. 25-litre unit on offer is a pleasant one – and much quieter than the 1. 4 and 1. 6-litre Dagenham-built common rail injection TDCi diesel options. A key component of the Fiesta passenger car’s makeup is its enjoyable driving dynamics and the van version inherits these. Expect lively handling and first rate manoeuvrability married to a more comfortable ride than owners of the previous generation Fiesta van will have experienced.
A payload range from 490kg to 515kg gives users a competitive option for transporting their products. The rear side windows are replaced by body-coloured solid panels, and the rear passenger seats have been removed to provide a load box area of 1,000 cubic litres, with a maximum useable load length of 1,296mm, as well as a maximum load box width of 1,278mm (1,000mm between the wheel arches) and a height of up to 806mm.
The styling of the Fiesta will win it many admirers and operators looking for a compact van that will cut a dash on the city streets will like the wedge-shaped front end as well as the curvy rear. The cabin is similarly avant-garde in its design, with a dashboard control interface based around that of a mobile phone and a clever choice of quality materials.
In terms of practicality, you won’t be buying a supermini-derived small van if interior space is everything. That point made, it’s also worth saying that the Ford does at least enable its user to make good use of the space that is on offer. DIN-compliant tie-down hooks are standard but if you forget to use them – or simply can’t – then a half-height composite bulkhead is standard to prevent loose items from sliding forward and joining you in the front.
Ford knows exactly how to build a class-leading supermini-derived van – but then, with a passenger car product as good as the Fiesta to base it on, you’d think that the van version’s designers had very little to do to complete an excellent product.
Perhaps the best part about this commercial vehicle is that it doesn’t look like one. All the style that marks out the Fiesta car has been transferred over intact – and that should make it a good advert for the kind of small businesses (florists, gardeners and so on) likely to want a vehicle of this kind. Imagining your company logo on the doors? Then you’ll know what to do….