Despite the Ford Fiesta’s many redesigns since its launch in 1970, the car is still considered to be one of the best cars in its class for drivability. It’s the best-selling car in the UK, with a range of engine options, kit levels and body styles. If you’re looking for a blend of excellent handling, economy and affordability, it’s the car you’d choose.
What you need to know about the Ford Fiesta
Names like the Fiesta don’t last for more than 30 years without good reason. With every new release, Ford have upped the game with ever-improving economy, practicality and quality. Importantly though, the car’s fun-loving character has been kept intact – something which has always pleased fans of the Fiesta.
The Fiesta is an ever-present motor on the roads, and it’s not just the terrific handling that’s convincing more drivers to buy. Kit levels are also impressive across the board, with trims including Style, Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale. For those looking for a Fiesta with extra oomph, the ST – powered by a 150bhp 1.6 litre engine – is a cracker to drive, with light and superb handling.
On a more practical level, Fiestas feel roomy inside – particularly since the seventh-generation launch. The boot is decent for a car of its size, and drivers won’t be disappointed with the interior build quality. These superminis are great cars to own and drive.
What to watch out for
Not a lot. Much success has been down to the reality that Fiestas are a cut above their rivals to drive. It doesn’t let itself down in other areas too, punching above its weight for the number of gadgets and safety technology available. Even the notoriously grumpy Jeremy Clarkson is a huge fan of the Fiesta ST.
For us, we summarise the most fun option as the petrol Ecoboost, due to the cracking little engine that makes for a fun drive. The most sensible, though, has got to be one of the diesels.
You can read our full review of the popular Ford Fiesta here, before browsing what’s on offer from Exchange & Mart.