Recommended. Still going strong and still one of the best superminis out there.
Names like the Ford Fiesta don’t last for more than 30 years without good reason.
And the latest version keeps Ford at the top of the market – it’s still the biggest seller in the UK.
It’s come a long way since the boxy original, of course, and today looks modern, slick and premium.
There’s a great choice of engines as well, with Ford’s excellent 1.0 Ecoboost petrol and a tantalisingly-efficient diesel.
The three-cylinder petrol has been a big success and suits the Fiesta down to the ground with its lively feel, road-tax busting 99g/km of CO2 and a combined mpg of 65.
If you drive more miles, the diesel is well worth a look – it puts out just 87/g km and claims a mighty 85 to the gallon.
Kit levels are good across the board, with even lower-end Zetec getting 15in alloys, a heated windscreen – why don’t more cars have this? – a USB connection, Bluetooth and hill-start assist.
It’s roomy inside and the boot is decent for a small car. Build quality is good, as you’d expect.
Ford’s options list is extensive, meaning that buyers can tailor this mass-produced car to their individual needs.
The Fiesta is still a little cracker to drive and either of the above-mentioned engines are great choices – avoid the older naturally-aspirated lumps.
1. Looks modern and fresh.
2. Superb engines.
3. Quality interior.
We don't like:
1. A bit pricey compared to rivals.
2. Some options should be standard spec.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: Petrol Ecoboost is a cracking little engine and makes for a fun drive.
Most sensible: The diesel is cleaner than Mother Theresa.
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