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2017 Ford Fiesta SE: The US Having It Worse Than UK?

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The 2017 Ford Fiesta SE can be considered a pretty inexpensive car. Even so, it does come complete with a spacious interior, heated leather seats, multi-color ambient lighting and a top-notch infotainment system.

Ford released two different versions of this model; one for the American market and another for the UK. So, besides the obvious difference of having the steering wheel on alternating sides, what else sets the US-spec model apart from the UK-spec model?

The main difference is in terms of their engine options. The UK-spec Fiesta comes with a choice of five fuel and two diesel engines. The range begins at a new 1.1L three-cylinder mill capable of churning out either 69hp or 84hp.

The existing EcoBoost unit is also carried over to the new car with 99, 118 and 138hp power outputs. Meanwhile, diesel choice includes a 84hp or 118hp 1.5L mill. All these engines are mated to an all-new six-speed manual but there is a six-speed auto option available with the 99hp EcoBoost.

The US-spec Fiesta, on the other hand, comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder churning out 120 horsepower mated to a five-speed manual transmission as a standard with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic manual tranny as an available option.

Aside this main engine differences, there is very minimal discrepancies between the US and UK model. Build quality should be the same as it is still running under the same Blue Oval company.

However, some fans believe that the suspension on US-spec models are tuned to be a bit softer compared to the UK-spec models as this is usually the case with other auto brands, as revealed on Reddit threads.

Well, is there any differences that you know of between the US-spec and the UK-spec 2017 Ford Fiesta SE?