Ford upgrades Fiesta range

All new models of the UK’s best-selling car in 2010 will now be fitted with an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.

ESP is a safety system previously offered as a £300 optional extra on Fiesta models. When the car is cornering, the ESP will apply brakes to individual wheels to correct under-steer and prevent the car getting out of control or even rolling over.

In addition to the new system, Fiesta has included heated door mirrors, two new speakers and steering-mounted audio system controls as standard with the Studio specification.

The range-topping Titanium trim level will offer Bluetooth and a USB connection as standard instead of it being a £200 option.

As well as new equipment, the powertrains have been refined to offer lower CO2 emissions and impressive fuel economy figures of up to 40.1mpg.

The 1.25-litre and 95 and 120PS versions of the 1.6-litre petrol engines have been refined to cut CO2 emissions by up to 5g/km. The best performing engine, the 1.6-litre 95PS, now boasts emissions of 107g/km.

The diesel engines have been fitted with diesel particulate filters to reduce CO2 emissions without reducing power. Ford has announced a new Stage V 1.4-litre TDCi will improve output by 2PS to 70PS when it released in August.

All upgraded Fiestas will be offered with a new Ink Blue body colour from today.