Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Chevrolet Spark Near Test, Test

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 Chevrolet Spark

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Spark have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Spark’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Spark’s 375-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (120 vs. 98) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 94) than the Spark’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (123 vs. 98) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 94) than the Spark’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Spark Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 30 city/41 hwy).

The Fiesta has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Spark (12.4 vs. 9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Spark doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Spark:

Fiesta

Spark

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

9.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Spark (195/50R16 vs. 185/55R15).

The Fiesta’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Spark’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Spark’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Spark, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Fiesta flat and controlled during cornering. The Spark’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Spark doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Spark doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fiesta’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Spark (98 inches vs. 93.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fiesta is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Spark.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Spark is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Fiesta has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Spark can only carry 4.

The Fiesta has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Spark (85.1 vs. 83).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Spark with its rear seat up (14.9 vs. 11.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Spark doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fiesta has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Spark doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Fiesta’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Spark LT.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Spark doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Spark doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Spark doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Fiesta (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Spark’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fiesta won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Spark isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Chevrolet Spark by 79% during the 2015 model year.

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