North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Nissan Versa Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Nissan Versa

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Versa Note have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Nissan Versa Note:

 

Fiesta

Versa Note

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

148

333

Neck Injury Risk

25%

47%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

363 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

140 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

807/1020 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

291

404

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

68%

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

248 lbs.

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

141 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

544/408 lbs.

428/846 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Nissan Versa Note:

 

Fiesta

Versa Note

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

136

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

225 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

HIC

180

195

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Versa Note’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (120 vs. 109) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (123 vs. 109) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Versa Note (automatics tested):

 

Fiesta

Versa Note

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.2 MPH

78.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fiesta has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa Note (12.4 vs. 10.8 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Fiesta

Versa Note

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10.02 inches

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Versa Note:

 

Fiesta

Versa Note

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Versa Note’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Versa Note SR/SL’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .83 G’s, while the Versa Note SR pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Versa Note SR (28 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 3.3 inches shorter than the Versa Note, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Versa Note have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Versa Note prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Versa Note SV/SR/SL’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Versa Note SV/SR/SL.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Fiesta’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Versa Note S Plus/SV’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the Fiesta’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Versa Note’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fiesta SE/Titanium has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Versa Note’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $150 to $965 less than the Versa Note over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Versa Note because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Versa Note, including $61 less for front brake pads, $171 less for fuel injection, $8 less for a fuel pump, $29 less for front struts, $57 less for a timing belt/chain and $30 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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 Versa Note isn’t in the top three.

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