I have also had a couple of passengers say that the ride is not so good for them...though when they test drive the car they love it....not a big deal for me but it might be for some. Three weeks in for me now and still absolutely love my ST overall.
If you're looking for a car to accommodate passengers on a regular basis then the Fiesta ST probably isn't a great idea in the first place. The other seats are for if you have a small group to take out to lunch and it is decided your car gets to be taken, not for a long road trip with a family of 4. Not that you can't take a road trip with a family of 4 but you better really like your family because it's gonna be cramped for sure.
Most people aren't looking to buy a hot hatch and they'd rather have something with good ride quality than good handling. If you take them somewhere as a passenger they may complain about the ride quality. The thing is that they don't ride in the car everyday. You do. I buy a car for what I want and need. Like reddog said, if they want a ride somewhere I'll drive them but if they complain about the ride quality of my car, I'll let them out to walk.
Yep, my policy has always been. If you don't like it, you can walk, or start counting your bus fare. I bought the car, I'm paying for the gas/insurance. Take it or leave it !
I think the back seats will differ for people. I have had smaller back seats, and had no complaints. But yeah, for my needs the car will be just fine. I set my front seats up the way they will sit daily, and jumped in the back... and I was content that the back seat space is good enough for my needs. I'm not all that tall. 5'8.5 (Yes I include my .5.... every little bit counts at my height haha). Sitting behind my seat, I had plenty of leg room still.. My girl is only 4'11 so anyone sitting behind her ought to be just fine.
I don't expect any complaints, and I don't much care. lol
If anyone happens to be tall enough that it's a problem for them.. Well, then I guess being tall isn't all it's cracked up to be ? :troll:
If I had to cart family around on a regular basis I may be singing a different tune (I doubt it though, since they're all shorter than me).. But it's me, my girl, and whatever friends are along for a free ride. Usually her friends, as most of mine drive. And her friends are all short. So life is good. ompus:
I am going to miss not caring about pot holes, speed bumps, or any other rough surfaces.... In the Raptor, you barely ever noticed things like that...
At least that's one upside to having the focus loaner vehicle for a few months... I get to adjust my driving habits before my car arrives...
I'm about 5'10" and I sat in the back of one with a moonroof. My head was literally against the headliner right at the bump where the moonroof ends. That moonroof lowers the rear head space a lot. I'd be miserable in the back of that car for a long period of time. I didn't have an issue with front headspace. I'd be getting mine without the moonroof, so for a short drive with someone my height in the rear seat they shouldn't have a big complaint. Still not spacious, but it's not meant to be. I'll never be sitting back there so I really don't care.
It's really the same with my current car, except it's a coupe so it's even harder to actually get in the rear seats. I couldn't ride for a long time in the rear seats. I took my brother and his two friends in my car for an hour and a half drive to a park and the same drive back. Didn't hear any complaints. I'm sure they weren't super comfortable, so there are people that can suck it up and not comment since they know it's not something they ride in regularly. I think that's the last time I actually used my rear seats and that was nearly a year and a half ago.
Picked my mom up last night after work and brought her to my house, about 20 miles, and she really liked the Recaros, and said it rode really well. She's even thinking about buying a Fiesta. She's cool that way, though. She always liked riding in my MBG's and even took my Midget for a drive a few years ago. Oh, yeah, she'll be 84 next month.
The ride is a bit stiff but that is the trade off for super fast and swift cornering. I test drove a Peugeot 208 GTi recently. If you like more comfy rides and can still go nuts if you feel like it, that will do for you. But bear in mind it is no where close as fun as a FiST and doesn't feel as fast when you flat it despite the claimed 0.1s faster 0-100km...
From the ride perspective I've only had my passengers say good things about it. Surprisingly enough my mom loves the recaro's and says the ride is very nice (I agree), as do all of my passengers. I've only had a couple guys sit in the back, but again they stated very comfortable.
I've test driven the car about 3 times, and taken my wife along on one of those rides. So obviously not a big enough sample to say what it will be like to live with day to day, but coming from an 2005 STi the reports of the Fiesta having a rough ride are humorous. My wife agrees as well.