Ford revealed earlier this year that it plans to mostly exit the car business in North America and focus on its more profitable crossover models instead. With that in mind, we're not surprised to learn the subcompact Fiesta is carried over for another year.
The only changes for 2019 are the elimination of the S hatchback trim and the top-end Titanium package for both the hatch and sedan body styles.
We're a little surprised the Fiesta has survived this long in a segment that is losing steam to the burgeoning small crossover class, especially in the U.S. Canada likes small cars more than American buyers, but our relatively small market means that's not enough to bring the latest Fiesta design -- already on sale in Europe -- to Canada alone.
So the aging Fiesta carries over as is, which actually isn't terrible. This is one of the most entertaining small cars to drive, even in its ninth year on the market without major changes to its underpinnings.
Power comes from a choice of two engines. There's a 1.6L four-cylinder that makes 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque; and a turbo 1.6L exclusive to the high-po ST trim that makes 197 hp and 202 lb-ft.
The base 1.6L comes with either a five-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic that is better suited to the engine's power delivery. The ST uses a six-speed manual only.
Trims available for 2019 are S (sedan only), SE (sedan or hatch) and ST (hatch only).
We think the Fiesta is a great buy for its sharp chassis, but if you're after the latest in safety tech, you won't find it here: Fiesta isn't offered with even basic active safety kit like blind spot monitoring, much less the automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist features that are available in many of the Fiesta's competition.
What you do get in all trims is air conditioning, power door locks, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, the SYNC infotainment system and a height-adjustable driver's seat.
SE adds power windows, cruise control, automatic temperature control, sport cloth seating and heated front seats.
Beyond its strong engine, the ST's main adds are Recaro sport seats and a firmer suspension.
Fuel consumption estimates for 2019 are 8.6/6.4 L/100 km (city/highway) for cars with the 1.6L engine and six-speed automatic transmission, and 8.8/6.8 with the five-speed. ST's ratings are 9.2/7.4.
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