Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta
9 Oct, 2014 11:58am

Our pick: 1.0 EcoBoost (100) Zetec 5dr
Price: £14,545

With its smart looks, sharp handling, updated engines and raft of tech, the Fiesta is a UK best seller. Plus, its punchy EcoBoost turbo petrol returns 65.7mpg.

With a smart new look and updated engine range, the Ford Fiesta has regained the initiative in the supermini market. It has long been the class’s best driver’s car, but newer rivals like the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio had the edge on style and efficiency. That's no longer the case – a raft of changes has brought the nation's most popular new car bang up to date and won it Best Supermini at the 2013 Auto Express New Car Awards.

Ford now offers its punchy-yet-efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engines in the Fiesta – which produces 123bhp and returns 65.7mpg. While the latest diesel Fiesta ECOnetic promises lower fuel consumption than ever, at 85mpg. It also emits just 87g/km of CO2, so is exempt from road tax.

Inside, the car can’t quite match a Peugeot 208 or VW Polo for space, but the boot size has increased as part of the facelift – it can now swallow 295 litres of luggage, or 979 litres with the rear seats folded.

Up front, there’s loads of technology, including clever SYNC voice control smartphone connectivity. The standard MyKey system allows parents to set a maximum speed and stereo volume for when their teenage kids take the wheel, while ESP, seven airbags and optional autobrake boost safety. Plus, keen drivers will be pleased to hear the Fiesta still sets the standard from behind the wheel.

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Unquestionably the ugliest and overrated car in the segment. A Kia Rio and a Vw Polo is much better.

When I first saw a picture of this car I thought someone had photoshopped an Aston grill onto the nose. I have to say, they have made a huge mistake with this face lift. The front resembles some sort of fish. The Aston Martin rip-off grill shows how desperate their designers have become. Just look at the rear end of the focus, this is definitely not Fords renaissance period. The previous fiesta is much better looking. Though the new engine lineup looks very good. I think I'll wait for the next one, just don't stick a leaping jaguar on it Ford....

Certainly very ugly although I cannot comment as to whether it is over-rated or not. Trouble is all the rest of the vehicle shown in this comparison are bland, dated or ugly! Not a great state of affairs.