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Hi everyone

Does anyone own a 1.0 ecoboost Fiesta st-line 140bhp? Are they any good pulling up hills? Most of my journeys are hills. 

Ta Rach 

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Hi,

I've just bought a Zetec S Red Edition which has the Ecoboost 1.0 140 horsepower engine. I've had a diesel car for the previous six years so was worried about the Fiestas ability to climb hills given I live in a hilly part of the country. I'm very pleasantly surprised with the new Fiesta........yes, it certainly does pull up hills very well and I can increase speed even half way up quite steep hills.

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I have the 100bhp version and I am impressed with its pulling power up hills, of which there are plenty where I live.  I got rid of my last car (Honda Jazz) because its uphill performance was non existent but the Ecoboost engine has plenty of torque even at low revs so hills are not a problem.  I find there is slightly more pulling power when I use super unleaded, but the performance is more than adequate on standard unleaded. 

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I have a 140bhp ST-Line. I've encountered no issues with it going up hills. As it's a light car, it holds it's pull quite well I think. Just keep your revs higher than usual as you would anyway. But as someone said, the mpg will probably take a bit of a hit.

I have a drive up to the lake district in a couple months, and I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm looking at a 7-8 hour drive just to get there, plus then some driving around actually in the lakes. Not worried at all tbh, the car is comfortable and lovely to drive. I can't imagine you'll encounter any issues, other than mpg if it's a killer for you

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Hi. Being in North Yorkshire I have many years experience of its hilly terrain also its often forgotten large flatter areas around York and elsewhere in this large county where similarly safe A and B road overtaking performance/grunt is equally important to me. Coming from a couple of early 1.9L diesel FIAT Grande Punto Sporting's a few years back, (Pretty quick from 'A to B - vastly underrated - somewhat troublesome!) with around 210 'torques', as Clarkson alluded to at the time,' they had tons of gruff if noisy-when-pushed grunt and Maserati-like looks to die for'. Now they really would 'fly up hills'! Therefore, I was somewhat (highly!) sceptical of a 999cc 3-cylinder turbo tiddler but...............

I've particularly found our current Red Edition 140PS despite being a very different animal to the FIAT to be so absolutely rounded, accomplished and complete but of course...... a lot of this depends on your own individual expectations and needs? Vital that you have a couple of meaningful test drives! For us the whole 'package' is just so delightfully brisk and refined. At first acquaintance it did not feel particularly quick and/or dramatic when taking corners.....until you glance at the speedo when exiting them! Okay If pressing on over more demanding roads and lanes and you don't keep the turbo spooled-up... yes there will be a some lag but today's small turbos are incredibly (almost) lag free in most scenarios, the 1L EcoBoost (along with Peugeots 130PS 1.2L Pure Tech) being the current cream of the crop. Its important to note that the Red Edition 140PS has lower overall gearing than our previous Zetec S 125PS which was over-geared for sure being less sporty and responsive on B roads (not as good 'up hills'!) and a bit of a pain in urban areas too though a tad more relaxed on the motorway. But, the 140PS Red is so refined, quiet and free revving as to not notice, even on long journeys. I do not know for sure but guess that  the 140PS ST-Line has the 'better'/shorter/sportier gearbox not unlike like our 140PS Red Edition? You will need to find this out as it obviously has in our opinion a distinct bearing on its performance. Hopefully someone on here will know? Finally, as others have written; pushing-on up hills doesn't help your mpg but to be honest if you buy a car like this for how good it is etc etc.......well mpg is not a consideration we thought about for more than a split second. Fill it up religiously with Shell V-Power Nitro and enjoy the ride! Hope this is of some help.

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All 140 PS Mk7.5 Fiestas, regardless of whether they are Black/Red Edition, ST-Line or Zetec S have the same shorter gear ratios. (It's actually the same gearbox just with a different ratio open diff compared to the 125PS).

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46 minutes ago, alexp999 said:

All 140 PS Mk7.5 Fiestas, regardless of whether they are Black/Red Edition, ST-Line or Zetec S have the same shorter gear ratios. (It's actually the same gearbox just with a different ratio open diff compared to the 125PS).

Thanks. Thought as much but did not want to 'advise' someone unless 100% sure, was only 99%!

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