When the 2014 Ford Fiesta goes on sale next spring, it will have a longer options list than ever before, thanks to the addition of the MyFord Touch infotainment system. In addition, the 2014 Fiesta will feature an enhanced version of Ford’s Sync voice-recognition software.
In the Fiesta, MyFord Touch consists of a 6.5-inch color touchscreen that can control navigation, music, Bluetooth phone pairing, and the climate control. Adding the system entails a slightly different center stack than on normal Fiestas. As shown above, the Fiesta’s usual abundance of tiny buttons and monochrome LCD display are replaced by sleek black plastic, the aforementioned touchscreen, and a handful of simple redundant controls.
MyFord Touch is available on almost all of the Blue Oval’s products. While the first version of the touchscreen software was panned as slow and error-prone, Ford has since revised the interface and claims that response times are much better — although the system still hasn’t totally escaped criticism.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta also receives the latest version of Sync, which now has faster Bluetooth phone pairing, better voice recognition, and easier voice prompts. Drivers can now say more natural commands like, “FM 107.1” instead of having to say, “Radio, FM,” first, or “Play rock” instead of “Play genre rock.”
The 2014 Ford Fiesta benefits from a new exterior design that includes the large oval-shaped grille seen on the 2013 Fusion, plus updated interior materials. The compact car will also be offered with a new turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that Ford expects to return over 40 mpg.