Sub £10k - Ford Fiesta

Spend a little more, and there’s a wide choice of superminis. So, which is best?

While the Ford Fiesta has been around for years, the latest version is the best yet. Prices for the base 1.25-litre Studio start at £10,595, so the Scrappage discount puts it comfortably in our £10,000 bracket. In fact, with £2,000 off you could even afford a five-door version of the better-equipped Style, which comes in at £9,995 once you’ve taken advantage of the scheme.

Ford’s designers really went to town on the latest Fiesta, and came up with the class’s most distinctive model. Curves and creases ensure there’s plenty to catch your interest, no matter where you look. That theme continues inside, where the stylish dashboard has a centre console inspired by the latest mobile phone designs.

Cowled dials with clear and easy-to-read instruments add a sporty touch, while the ambient lighting is something normally reserved for more luxurious models. The Ford is also one of the best drivers’ cars in its class – thanks to a confidence-inspiring chassis. Adding to the dynamic package is theperfect driving position, direct steering, precise gearbox and comfortable ride – the Fiesta really stands out with its blend of agility and composure.

A folding rear seat and large 295-litre boot also mean it can cope with the daily needs of busy owners, and the 1.25-litre engine returns fuel economy of nearly 50mpg. It’s smooth and willing, too, so you won’t feel short-changed, while standard safety kit on all models includes front and side airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution.

However, if you like your creature comforts, and crave air-conditioning, a Quickclear windscreen, alloy wheels and front foglights, you’d be better off investing in a Zetec model – after Scrappage discounts, this can cost from only £10,395.

Details

Price: £11,995/£9,995WHY: Snap up the latest and greatest Ford Fiesta for less than £10k!

Economy

49.6mpg

Residuals

36.3 per cent

Tax

E/£120

Insurance

6/£280

Environment

133g/km

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