If you want low running costs but refuse to compromise on fun, the Ford Fiesta is the car for you. Plenty of models in the recently revised three and five-door supermini range promise low fuel consumption, but the 1.6-litre TDCi ECOnetic version leads the way with a figure 85.6mpg. It also emits only 87g/km of CO2, so is exempt from road tax. Yet this model retains the brilliant driving dynamics that have helped make the Fiesta a consistent top seller over the years, with sharp steering, plenty of grip and a decent ride.
Ford also offers a lot of hi-tech kit on the Fiesta. There’s the option of the Active City Safety Stop system, which automatically brings the car to a halt around town if it senses a collision. Plus, buyers can add MyKey, which lets parents specify a maximum speed the car can do if a teenage child borrows it.
The Fiesta has seven airbags and scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, while interior space belies the car’s small dimensions. Plus, the 295-litre boot can be expanded to 979 litres by folding the rear seats.